Pat Metheny’s Stunning Cover Of The Beatles And I Love Her

Pat Metheny's Stunning Cover Of Beatles And I Love Her

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The Beatles are likely the most covered musical group of all time. Artists from nearly every genre—rock, jazz, crooning, country, and more—have put their spin on Beatles songs. The reason for this is simple: The Beatles wrote songs so impeccably crafted, from lyrics to chord changes to melodies, that even in their most stripped-down form, such as a solo piano performance, they still sound incredible. It’s hard to botch a Beatles song because the material is inherently strong. While some covers may fall short, there are also instances where artists create legendary interpretations of Beatles classics.

This is evident in the case of iconic guitarist Pat Metheny, who covered the Beatles’ classic “And I Love Her” on his What’s It All About album in 2011. Metheny’s rendition not only honors the original but also brings a unique, personal touch, demonstrating how a great artist can make a timeless song their own. For rock fans who may not have heard of Pat Metheny, the guitar player is as respected as one can get in jazz. Pat Metheny released his first solo album in 1976 and has maintained a steady stream of releases ever since. His latest album, Moon Dial, is set to be released this month. Throughout his career, Metheny has won twenty Grammy Awards, both for his work as a solo artist and for his releases with the Pat Metheny Group.

Pat Metheny’s cover of the Beatle’s song “And I Love Her” was released on his album entitled What’s It All About, which was a clear reference to the Burt Bacharach song “Alfie,” which also appeared on the album.  What’s It All About was a complete covers album in which Pat Metheny covered many 1960s and 70s classics from artists such as The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Cary Simon, and many more. His Beatles cover stood out on the album. It was placed as the closing song on the record.

Pat Metheny starts his cover of “And I Love Her” in the same exact fashion as the Beatles did with that iconic George Harrison riff. Metheny’s playing is tender and laid back. It fits the song perfectly. He plays the melody note for note the first time through without adding any trills or improvisations. This is pretty sacred music, and Metheny shows the utmost respect for it. On the second time through, Pat Metheny unleashes his talent for improvisation. It’s simply stunning what he does. On the third time, he puts the two together before closing it out with George Harrison’s riff.

Read More: Top 10 George Harrison Songs

The song’s performance is as genuine and organic as one can get. It’s just Pat Metheny playing his guitar. No other musicians appear on the entire album. The What’s It All About album would go all the way to number one on the US Billboard Jazz Albums charts. The record’s success was not only celebrated by hitting number one, but also in winning the Grammy Award in 2011 for Best New Age Album.

Read More: 10 Essential Pat Metheny Albums

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