All I've Got To Do - The Mar​-​Tays

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One of the strengths of British popular music is it’s ability to copy American music ineptly and thereby creating something new.

John was, in his words "trying to do Smokey Robinson again”. The influence is definitely there but I get the feeling that this record would not have made the cut with Berry Gordy at Hitsville USA.

It does however make the cut on it’s own terms, which is a British Pop Record. Unbelievably from the perspective of 2012 where 8 year old children expect to get an iPhone for their birthday, the Britain of 1963 only 20% of homes had a telephone.

Given that statistic the bridge of the song sounds quite exotic:

And the same goes for me
Whenever you want me at all
I’ll be here yes I will
Whenever you call
You just gotta call on me, yeah
You just gotta call on me

This was John aping "The American Experience" as surely as The Stones mis-copied Chuck Berry or early British hip-hop was not able to copy it’s American brethren and therefore created “Grime”.

Lennon’s voice is somewhat strained and mournful, tinged with regret. He seems to be addressing an ex-lover who he can’t let go of. He might even be a bit arrogant, knowing that he still knows how to push her buttons, to get her to come running to him. But he also knows that he can’t refuse her call. They still care for each other, even if they live apart. However, they both know that if either gets lonely, the other is there.

They remain each other’s "booty call."

Ringo is tasteful and minimal in his execution and there is not horrible loud tambourine to mess up the rhythm. Paul experiments and plays chords on the bass. I’d have preferred to hear him play a more traditional R&B part in the style of James Jamerson.

Also recorded on that session was “I Wanna Be Your Man”, “Little Child” and George’s first song “Don’t Bother Me”.
Not a bad days work really.

The stereo mix is pretty absurd. The band all appear in the left speaker while the vocals are panned hard right. The mono mix is the definitive one.

The Ukulele version of “All I Got To Do” is performed by “The Mar-Tays”. They take the song back to it’s soul roots.

Anyone who doubts the funky qualities of the ukulele will have their mind changed by the subtle interplay between Larry Saltzman and Ira Seigel.

If you you have bought a record in the last 25 years you probably have heard one or more of The Mar-Tays play or sing. Their absurdly eclectic resume covers every style of music that has been popular over the last quarter of a century.

When they get together they re-interpret the songs that made them musicians in the first place.

All they give is love.

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from With The Beatles Complete On Ukulele, released August 14, 2012
Ukulele version #177 recorded April 2012

Martee Lebow - lead vocal
Irwin Fisch - keyboards
Larry Saltzman - ukelele & electric guitar
Ira Siegel - ukelele, electric guitar & background vocals
John Siegler - bass & background vocals
Frank Vilardi - drums
Dana Calitri - background vocals

Produced by The Mar-Tays & David Barratt all over the NYC area

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Every Tuesday from January 20, 2009 until July 31, 2012 The Beatles Complete On Ukulele released a new recording of a Beatles song* featuring a ukulele sung by a different artist.

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*we consider a Beatles song to be one of the 185 original compositions released by The Beatles between 1962 and 1970.
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