Monday, January 08, 2007

Besame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)

Another item on the long, strange list of things I find amusing: The Beatles, on the "Let It Be" sessions, doing "Besame Mucho." They sound pretty silly and jovial, considering they were about to break up the band.

It's cute, but I actually prefer their 1962 version (found on the "Anthology I" CD with Pete Best on drums), where they tear through it at fairly breakneck speed. They did a lot of old pop/jazz numbers - "Ain't She Sweet," "Hallelujah, I Love Her So," "The Sheik Of Araby" - in their early recordings and live broadcasts at the BBC. Here's a link to a soundfile of the 1962 version - it's from a Russian site, so I can't say how reliable it will be:

"Besame Mucho" - The Beatles

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