We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to look back at what might well be our all time favourite cover of The Beatles. It sees the iconic Nina Simone sing the beautiful anthem ‘Here Comes The Sun’.
When an artist as legendary as Nina Simone decides to sing your song, you don’t say anything. You offer no tips nor any advice. You sit back and wait for the magic to happen as it invariably does. It was a situation many classic artists faced when Nina Simone released her covers album Here Comes The Sun.
Simone covered some of the music world’s greatest stars when she released her covers album in 1974. The singer’s thirteenth studio record was an impressive one as she entirely conquers every track on the record, transcending them from their pop tune status into something legendary.
She does it with ‘Mr Bo Jangles’ and she does it with Bob Dylan’s ‘Just Like A Woman’ but most importantly, and perhaps most effectively, she does it with the George Harrison-penned Beatles anthem ‘Here Comes The Sun’.
The track was written by Harrison during a break from a tough session with The Beatles, “‘Here Comes the Sun’ was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen: ‘Sign this’ and ‘sign that.’ Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it.”
Adding: “So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton’s house. The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric’s acoustic guitars and wrote ‘Here Comes the Sun.’”
It is this sentiment that has always confirmed the song as one of Harrison’s finest, as able to capture the golden-hued sounds of a perfect sunset as any song. Simone does her best to channel the moment into her performance. But, like with everything Nina Simone does, she can’t help but put her spin on it.
Like with many songs before and many after, Harrison’s track is given the soulful treatment and is turned into a Nina Simone original. It is easily one of our favourite covers of the song and quite possibly our favourite Beatles cover of all time.
Start your day right and listen to Nina Simone singing The Beatles’ ‘Here Comes The Sun’ below: