Listen: Beck's Version of John Lennon's "Love"

by Paul Cashmere

Beck has recorded a John Lennon cover for a compilation album of artists singing their favourite love songs. Beck's choice was Love by John Lennon.

Lennon recorded the song for his 1970 John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band album but the only two musicians on the recording were John Lennon on vocals and acoustic guitar and producer Phil Spector on piano.

Love was first covered by 60s pop group The Letterman in 1971. It reached no. 48 on the USA chart for them. The second person to cover the song was Barbra Streisand that same year for her album Barbra Joan Streisand. She also covered Lennon’s Mother on the same album. It reached no. 11 on the Billboard chart.

Beck will release his next studio album in February. It was partly recorded at Jack White’s Third Man Records studio in Nashville.

Beck’s cover of Lennon’s Love will appear on the Starbuck's exclusive Sweetheart 2014 album to be released for Valentine’s Day.

Sweetheart 2014 tracklisting

  • Turn Your Lights Down Low - Jim James  (Bob Marley cover)
  • Con Te PartirĂ² - Vampire Weekend  (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
  • Love - Beck  (John Lennon cover)
  • Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Phosphorescent  (Bob Dylan cover)
  • Don’t Forget Me - The Head and the Heart  (Harry Nilsson cover)
  • Happy or Lonesome - Valerie June  (The Carter Family cover)
  • Always on My Mind - Bahamas  (Willie Nelson cover)
  • If You Were Mine - Thao  (Ray Charles cover)
  • Fade Into You - Ben Harper  (Mazzy Star cover)
  • I’m In The Middle Of A Riddle - Fiona Apple  (Anton Karas cover)
  • The Chain - Brandi Carlile  (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  • I Hope - Blake Mills (Bobby Charles cover)
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours - Sharon Jone (Stevie Wonder cover)

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