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The best Beatles cover ever?

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Across_lAs a huge Beatles fan, I was really looking forward to the long-delayed musical Across the Universe (starring Evan Rachel Wood, left). Sadly, my expectations were shattered yesterday upon reading my colleague Owen Gleiberman’s review; he calls it a ”goofy, pompous, annoyingly boomer-myopic” mess. (Ouch.) But he does say that one of the better things about the film is Bono, who “has presence” and apparently at one point sings “I Am the Walrus” (goo goo ga joob).

This got me thinking about my favorite Beatles covers ever. Speaking of Bono, I kinda dug U2’s live version of ”Helter Skelter,” from Rattle & Hum. Also awesome in my book: Aretha Franklin’s “The Long and Winding Road,” Billy Bragg’s “She’s Leaving Home,” Stevie Wonder’s “We Can Work It Out,” and, my all-time favorite Beatles cover (drumroll please, Ringo!) – the Breeders’ version of “Happiness Is a Warm Gun.”

Your turn…

Originally posted September 13 2007 — 1:00 PM EDT

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