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TaxMan By Classic Albums Live

Posted by taxguru on December 4, 2020

Classic Albums Live (CAL) is a very talented group of musicians who recreate classic albums on stage.  Many of the albums, such as from the Beatles, were studio masterpieces and never performed in concert by the original groups, so this is quite an achievement.  Over the past three plus years, we have seen them present 13 different albums in Ocala and The Villages and had tickets to several more shows before the pandemic shut them down. 

Their shows normally consist of members from their home base in Toronto, plus others who live down here in the USA, including some in Florida.  We were finally able to see them live again a few weeks ago at the Reilly Arts Center in Ocala.   

The Canadian members have been held as “prisoners” in their country for the past several months and unable to cross the border.  As many musicians have been doing since this pandemic shut down normal live music venues, for the past few months they have been performing a weekly show in an empty or limited audience theater and streaming the show over the internet.  The shows are free to watch, but voluntary tips are welcomed.

After performing a number of Led Zeppelin albums, they are now in the midst of several Beatles records.  This past Wednesday night, they finally got around to Revolver from 1966, the opening track of which is George Harrison’s “TaxMan” which has been my theme song and phone ring tone for decades.

Here is that first track from that concert on December 2, 2020 at the Empire Theatre in Belleville, Ontario.

 

You can also stream the entire show via their Vimeo link.  Besides the entire Revolver album, there are several other great Beatles songs, which is how they normally structure their in-person shows.  

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Blast From the Past

Posted by taxguru on June 9, 2019

From Episode 34 (Season3, Ep 4) of the Beatles Saturday morning cartoon show. Originally aired on Saturday, October 7, 1967.

For those unfamiliar with this show, the speaking voices were not by the actual Beatles, but the singing voices were theirs.

 

YouTube blocked me from posting this on my channel there. However, I was able to add some more cover versions of the TaxMan song to my YouTube Playlist.

 

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Joe Bonamassa’s version of TaxMan

Posted by taxguru on March 11, 2018

As I have been doing for decades, I am still collecting and sharing cover versions of George Harrisons classic song that is still just as timely today as when it first debuted on the Beatles’ Revolver album in 1966.

Joe performing the song in concert at the Cavern Club in Liverpool

 

The New Frantics  perform TaxMan using Joe’s arrangement

 

I have just set up a new playlist on my YouTube channel for TaxMan covers and will add new ones as I come across them.

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TaxMan Parody

Posted by taxguru on February 23, 2017

Over the past decades, I have posted dozens of different versions of George Harrison’s classic song, TaxMan.  Some of them can be found on my ScreenCast page.

While those are all different artists singing the song in their own styles, I just came across a different variation.  Weird Al Yankovic recently posted a new parody of TaxMan, called Pac-Man.  While Weird Al’s words no longer relate to the dreaded taxes that we have to pay, the music is still the same as it was on the Beatles’ Revolver album.  I defy anyone to listen to this and not also hear the original lyrics in their head.   

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The Other “TaxMan” Song

Posted by taxguru on June 21, 2016

Over the past few decades, I have posted several renditions by various artists of George Harrison’s classic TaxMan song which was first heard on the 1966 Beatles album, Revolver.

Here is a new performance of a similar song, Cheap Trick’s “Taxman, Mr. Thief” that is often referred to as just TaxMan.

This is from a recent episode (#75) of Live From Daryl’s House, where Daryl Hall performs a variety of songs with other musicians.

This song is not as well known or widely covered as George Harrison’s, but has very similar sentiments.  It was first released on Cheap Trick’s debut album in 1977.  A cover version of this song by The Dream Police was included in Coverville’s Tax Day Tribute that I wrote about in April.

The lyrics, courtesy of AZLyrics:

You work hard, you make money
There ain’t no one in this world who can stop you
You work hard, you went hungry
Now the taxman is out to get you
You worked hard
And slaved and slaved for years
Break your back sweat a lot
Well, it’s just not fair
He hates you, he loves money
And he’ll steal your shit and think that it’s funny
Like the Beatles he ain’t human
Now the taxman is out to get you
You worked hard
And you slaved and slaved for years
You played
And you played and played for years
Taxman, Mr. Heath (he’s a thief)
He’s looking for run-in, yeah
Taxman, Mr. Heath (he’s a thief)
He’s looking for run-in, yeah
You work hard, you make money
There ain’t no one in the world who can stop you
You work hard, you went hungry
Now the taxman is out to get you
You worked hard
And you slaved and slaved for years
Break your back sweat a lot
Well, it’s just not fair
Taxman, Mr. Heath (he’s a thief)
He’s looking for run-in, yeah
Taxman, Mr. Heath (he’s a thief)
He’s looking for run-in, yeah

 

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Coverville’s Tax Day Tribute

Posted by taxguru on April 11, 2016

For a number of years, I have been a big fan of and subscriber to Brian Ibbott’s Coverville music channel on iTunes and website, where he assembles eclectic mixes of cover versions of songs on a particular theme or by certain artists. 

This is the first year that I can recall him doing a full show based on our American Tax Day.  It’s 85 minutes long, with 18 cover versions of songs about taxes and money.  It should be no surprise that it begins with a new version of the song I have been featuring for the past 40 years, George Harrison’s ageless “TaxMan.”

You can listen to the full 85 minute show, download it as one big (97.3 mb) MP3, as well as purchase the songs individually from the Coverville website.

Coincidentally, this is Coverville Episode Number 1120.  While it is labeled as a tribute to the 1040, I don’t know if Brian Ibbott is aware of the fact that American corporations report their income on Form 1120.

While clicking around on the Coverville page for this show, I came across a link to a list of 11 different cover versions of “TaxMan.”  I have some of these already, but others are new to me, as they may very well be for other fellow collectors of this song. 

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Per Mile Tax

Posted by taxguru on May 20, 2015

For several years now, various governmental entities have been threatening to start levying a per mile tax on vehicles because they aren’t satisfied with what they are already taking in at the fuel pumps and toll collectors.

It looks like,Oregon is going to start that process, which will most likely spread across the county. Of course, as is always the case, this will end being an additional tax and not just a replacement for an existing one.

Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax

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This issue reminds me of the following verse from George Harrison’s classic TaxMan song.

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet

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Life Imitating Art

Posted by taxguru on May 6, 2014

George Harrison’s classic song “TaxMan” has long been a motivating force for many of us in this profession. Even though it was intended to be somewhat satirical, with examples of ridiculous taxes that couldn’t possibly come true, some of our Big Government Rulers have always seen that as a challenge, such as in this section of the song. 

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet

I couldn’t help but think of that when I saw this news story from the Left Coast, where eventually nothing will be left untaxed.

Sen. Introduces Bill To Test Out Taxing Motorists For Every Mile They Drive

 

For those of you who are new to my blog and websites, I do still have an assorted collection of musical artists performing TaxMan on my ScreenCast site for your listening and downloading pleasure. 

 

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TaxMan by Tim Palmieri

Posted by taxguru on August 11, 2013

I recently came across a concert of Beatles music from 7/6/13 by Tim Palmieri in Sterling Stage, NY which includes this interesting rendition of George Harrison’s “TaxMan.”

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TaxMan Performances

Posted by taxguru on July 1, 2013

I recently found these new (to me) performances of George Harrison’s timeless classic song, TaxMan, on YouTube.

The TRAVELING BEATLEBURYS:

 

The Japanese Beatles Tribute Band “The BeaTrips

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