Though some have claimed it as one of George Harrison’s best Beatles songs, “Long Long Long” doesn’t get a lot of love (well, for a Beatles song). Maybe because it’s buried deep down on side 3 of The White Album. But Tim Bernardes, the singer-songwriter of Brazillian rockers O Terno has highlighted this underknown Beatles track for his Lagniappe Session.
The original song manages to cram in a lot with relatively few instruments and only three Beatles. But Bernardes strips everything down to just his voice and guitar, which he uses to fill the entire audio space. His version begins with some light strumming, and then his tenor comes in at an incredibly high pitch. He moves across his range and modulates the volume of his voice to make up for the lack of instruments. And his guitar playing ranges from delicate to forceful. Both he and the guitar are so closely miked and so active they fill up the recording.
It’s a fairly straight-ahead cover, but it’s extremely pretty and heartfelt. It feels like “Long Long Long” is a song Bernardes was born to sing. Listen to it at Aquarium Drunkard.