She’s Leaving Home: Beatles / Funk Brothers Mashup

While I was working on the videos for our Isolated Bass Week, I stumbled upon this video mashup.

Songwriter/producer Luciano Albo took two legendary tunes: the Beatles’ “She’s Leaving Home” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”, and mixed them together.

The Motown classic of course features James Jamerson on bass, and the Beatles’ tune features Paul McCartney on vocals.

Pretty amazing how it fits together.

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  1. Sounds pretty good!

  2. Can’t believe how well it fits!

  3. Awesome. It’s just amazing that someone thought to do this!

  4. I don’t know. Seems to me that it takes two of best pop songs ever and turns them into something less.

  5. I didn’t get it at first, but after about a minute I did. Amazing.

  6. I can’t think of a pop star today that could sit in the same room with this bunch. Nice mix!

  7. Ahhhh………..’Freaky!’

  8. Ok I think that it’s terrific but begs the question which came first and then, was it…………borrowed?

    • Ruud van den Akker

      Hi, at the end of the video you can see that the beatles came first…Ruud

  9. The Beatles admired the work of Motown and James Jamerson! It is only fitting…..

  10. Does this prove that everything we hear and play could just be a variation of something else..

    • A genius designer/architect once told me that every creation is somehow cribbed, and that nothing is TRULY original. Made sense to me after I gave it some thought.

    • Its so hard to do something new, and its so hard to do what you do, well its so hard…when its all been done before.

    • King Solomon said “there is nothing new under the sun

    • I suppose The new is the way its expressed..Some have a more eloquent way of expressing nothing original or new under the sun..

    • The whole universe, including planets, stars, black holes, matter, anti matter, plants, humans, organisms, speech and yes even music are all based on a number system when broken down, so yes numbers are infinite, thus there are an infinite number if variations and overlays and combinations of all musical arrangements–under our comparatively puny sun.

    • nothing is created, only discovered.

  11. Nothing really profound to read into it – just bizarre and interesting… a musical coincidence. I like both songs as originally performed much better… by themselves.

  12. I understand Paul McCartney can also play the bass. ;)

  13. ???

    if ther is no explain to this song, I think this is origine song. that’s great!

  14. Have the lawyers come calling yet?

  15. Does not work on so many levels……

  16. If we consider there are only 12 tunes divided by rithyms mostly 4*4, then you can understand this situaitions may occur in many cases.

  17. rob

    Honestly, neat, but no big deal. 4/4 time is exactly the same regardless of style. Song keys have only do many chord professions and song structure is not infinate.

  18. Ben

    Yes, many songs share the same time signature and chord progression. Nevertheless, most of them do not blend together this well. It’s not so extraordinary that we should suspect that anyone is ripping anyone off, but it is pretty damn cool.

    I challenge anyone who thinks this is no big deal to try it out for themselves with two other songs of their choice and post the results for the rest of us to hear.

    • You got it, Ben! Thank you!!!

    • Cam

      I agree, but he chopped the bass line to fit different chords to the melody. E.g. the bass line isn’t the 100% uncut line from ‘What’s Goin On’. It is the line cut at various places where it often leads to other places in the line than on the ‘What’s Goin On’ recording. I found at least four places within the first 1:10 where the cut/paste method was employed. For those playing along at home, here are the spots: :22, :41, 56-1min. I listened to it a few times to verify that. I quit tracking after 1:10.

      All of that being said, I still like this! I wouldn’t have thought to cut/paste a Jamerson line under a McCartney melody/vocal. Well done!

  19. Anthony

    Wow! That fits so well it’s scary!

  20. Adam

    This begs the question: Is the opposite true? Do the lyrics to “What’s going on” work with the music of “She’s leaving home”?