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The original or the cover

 
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27 September 2012 06:08
 

It happens sometimes, someone does a cover of a song which out does the original.

Lou Reed prefers the Cowboy Junkies version of his song, “Sweet Jane”

Bob Dylan says he plays “All Along The Watchtower” the way Jimi Hendrix interpreted it.

The Clash did some fantastic covers, but “I Fought The Law” is my favorite.

Cary Brothers simplified The Thompson Twins’ “If You Were Here” and made it more powerful.

I’m occasionally a sucker for bubblegum pop but the soaring voices of the duet make it through this poorly recorded cover of “Call Me Maybe”.

If you’ve ever listened to the radio you know Smokey Robinson’s “Tears Of The Clown”, but I like The English Beat’s cover.

And one last obscure one, Galaxie 500’s cover of New Order’s “Ceremony” could use a better singer but the arrangement is better than the original, IMO.

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27 September 2012 06:29
 

Yeah, I really dig Jimi’s version of “Watchtower”. That would have to top the list - as it did on the website I just consulted.

Other great covers that were listed included:

Respect - Aretha Franklin (originally by Otis Redding)
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley (originally by Big Mama Thornton)
Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (originally by Bruce Springsteen)

Always fun to sing “wrapped up like a douche” even though it’s suppose to be “deuce”.

 
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27 September 2012 17:55
 

Joe Cocker - ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ , much better version.

 
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27 September 2012 19:10
 

Sometimes it’s nice to hear them back to back too.

 
 
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27 September 2012 20:57
 

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28 September 2012 02:45
 
stardust91977 - 27 September 2012 06:57 PM

Judas Priest’s Diamonds and Rust over Joan Baez’s (both versions)

I’ll be damned, that made me feel nostalgic.

 
 
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28 September 2012 03:56
 
MARTIN UK - 27 September 2012 03:55 PM

Joe Cocker - ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ , much better version.

That was a kick arse version.

Not only were some Beatles songs improved upon, they performed some great covers themselves. Here’s a few:

“A Taste of Honey” Bobby Scott/Lenny Welch
“Twist and Shout” The Isley Brothers
“Till There Was You” Barbara Cook
“Please Mr. Postman” The Marvelettes
“Roll Over Beethoven” Chuck Berry
“Money (That’s What I Want)” Barrett Strong

 
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28 September 2012 04:36
 
cunjevoi - 28 September 2012 01:56 AM
MARTIN UK - 27 September 2012 03:55 PM

Joe Cocker - ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ , much better version.

That was a kick arse version.

Not only were some Beatles songs improved upon, they performed some great covers themselves. Here’s a few:

“A Taste of Honey” Bobby Scott/Lenny Welch
“Twist and Shout” The Isley Brothers
“Till There Was You” Barbara Cook
“Please Mr. Postman” The Marvelettes
“Roll Over Beethoven” Chuck Berry
“Money (That’s What I Want)” Barrett Strong

Very true, I’m a big Beatles fan..

What do you think of this one then - “Immigrant Song” —Karen O with Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (off the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” soundtrack)
I do like the original Zeppelin version still, but quite like the feeling of the new cover.

 
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30 September 2012 18:12
 

Dave Wakeling of The English Beat explains how Pete Townshend and David Gilmour needed his help figuring out how to play his wonderful song, “Save It For Later”.  I still like Dave’s original version.

 
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11 October 2012 22:22
 

Did someone mention the Rolling Stones?

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Skipshot - 11 October 2012 08:22 PM

Did someone mention the Rolling Stones?

Keith Richards is doing well at 68 all things considered, I found this list of “Rock” stars (Vera Lynn?..Oh well..some rock stars), there are a few I thought had long gone…BB King, Fats Domino and Chuck Berry…

Steven Tyler is looking good at 64, Alice cooper…not so good.  Rod Stewart at 67 is still getting the Gals!! Bob Dylan 71..bit wrinkled.

 
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06 August 2018 21:35
 

Look what I found!  Motörhead covering Bowie’s “Heroes.”  I like the revised lyrics at the end, “And the shame was a divided city.”  Rest in power, Lemmy.  Stay funky, David.

https://youtu.be/J06yQb4lbPk

(By the way, the dang computer recognized Motörhead and automatically added the umlaut.  Somebody at Apple is a fan.)

 
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13 August 2018 14:57
 

Nick Cave’s cover of Death is Not the End beats Bob Dylan’s original.

Metallica’s cover of Am I Evil beats Diamondhead’s original.

And Type O Negative’s cover of Day Tripper beats The Beatles’ original.

 
 
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15 August 2018 15:06
 

Stevie Ray Vaugn’s version of Little Wing I Liked almost as much as the Hendrix original.

 
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17 August 2018 19:36
 

I am on the fence with this cover of “Foxy Lady” by Jim I Hendrix:  https://youtu.be/-IxHM3qsYW8

I dig the zip tie fret board on a 3-string whatchamahoozit.

 
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