Cover Versions

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  1. zymurg

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    The recent long thread on great or near great undervalued songs by top bands charged up my grey cells. I thought about contributing, but that fell in the category of dreams of posts not made. If I had contributed; I would have nominated "Stop Your Sobbing" by the Kinks. That was my first inkling of cover versions. I noticed the paucity of black artists in the list; that led me to Otis Redding among others.

    Cover versions of great quality are surprise, surprise not unusual. Starting with "Stop Your Sobbing" you have the Pretenders cover which was their first single. Even the Beatles and Stones did covers of 50's and 60's
    R&B material. Otis Redding returned the favor with his great cover of "Satisfaction." As good as that is; I prefer his cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come." Arguably the greatest cover version of all time
    is Aretha Franklin"s cover of Redding's "Respect."

    Btw watch the Redding material live; it has a lot more energy. A final aside watch the cover impersonation
    of Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" in "Pretty in Pink." Jon Cryer really gets it on.
     
  2. Waquoit

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    My criteria is "would I rather listen to the cover or the original?" My faves are:

    Get Ready - Rare Earth
    Blinded by the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
    Working My Way Back to You - The Spinners
     
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    RichZ Methuselah's older brother

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    Nice to see a Zymurg post!

    Going a bit farther back in time than most 'yarders are familiar with, here are a few cover versions that turned the originals into little more than footnotes in music history.
    • "Go Now" the Moody Blues cover of Bessie Banks's original.
    • "Piece of My Heart" the Janis Joplin version of Erma Franklin's original.
    • "Every Beat of My Heart" the Pips' (yes, it was released before Gladys Knight got separate billing) cover of the Royals' original, which was recorded before Hank Ballard joined the group and they became the Midnighters.
    • Speaking of the Royals/Midnighters, their original release of "The Twist" was a pretty big R&B hit in '59, but didn't really do much of anything on the pop charts. The cover by Chubby Checker on the other hand...
    • "Good Rockin' Tonight" Wynonie Harris version of Roy Brown's original. Oddly, Brown wrote the song for Harris, who didn't particularly like it, so Brown recorded it himself. When it started to sell, Harris ran to the studio with it. Oddly, Harris's version is often cited as the first R&R song, yet Brown's version of the same song is never brought up in the conversation.
     
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    Guns n Roses cover of Clapton's Knockin' on Heavens Door is great.
    Wilson Pickett covering Hey Jude w/ Duane Allman
    Darius Rucker's Purple Rain
    Led Zeppelin Travelin' Riverside Blues





    (someone was bound to f-up and not know Dylan did the original Knockin' on Heaven's Door. I like getting the low hanging fruit wrong answers out early. No need to wait for the train wreck we all know is coming.)
     
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    Bo Diddley - Love Her Madly

     
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    "Twist and Shout" the Isley Brothers covered by the Beatles. " I heard it Through the Grapevine" written for Gladys Knight and the Pips by Barrett and Strong, covered by Marlon Gaye and CCR, great song and great covers. Joe Cocker is arguably one of the greatest cover artists. "With a Little Help from My Friends" is a killer. But also look at "I Think It's Gonna Rain Today" by Randy Newman (covered by dozens of artists), and "I Can't Stand the Rain" by Ann Peebles.
     
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    Love the GNR version of that song.

    Additions:

    Cake - I will survive
    Johnny Cash - Hurt
    Beatles - Twist and Shout

    Also, have seen Dave Matthews Band a bunch of times and always loved their cover of "All Along the Watchtower".
     
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    Ghost of Tom Joad - Rage against the machine
     
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    Horatio Avoid the Sith. Never befriend them. They are mean

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    A change is gonna come - Aretha Franklin
    Someday my prince will come - Cassandra
    Wilson
    Love is blindness - Cassandra Wilson
    Fragile - Cassandra Wilson
    Im so lonesome I could cry - Cassandra Wilson
    Tupelo Honey - Cassandra Wilson
    Hard knocks life - Jay Z
    Welcome to the Terrordome - Pharoah Monch
     
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    RichZ Methuselah's older brother

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    I like his take on "I Put a Spell on You" a lot more than than Screamin' Jay Hawkins's original.
     
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    Some props for Robert Johnson.

    Traveling Riverside Blues - covered by Led Zeppelin

    Love in Vain - covered by the Stones

    Crossroads - covered by Clapton (with Cream)
     
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    Robert Flack, The First Time Ever I saw Your Face (MacColl, and Peggy Seeger)
    Roberta Flack, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (The Shirelles)
    Hendrix, All Along the Watchtower (Dylan)

    Lastly, this might be sacrilegious, but I was driving back from Texas to NY many moons ago and my friend had a Grateful Dead or JGB bootleg, and just as we were hitting the highway, Positively Fourth Street, came on. Jerry's vocals just blew me away. Almost twenty years later and I still remember listening to that song and looking out the window of the car. I need to find that concert!
     
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    CL82 It's going to be ok - calm down and enjoy the ride

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    I don't think Amy Winehouse ever did an original, so pretty much all of her stuff, but her signature song Valerie was originally done by the Zutons.

     
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    His cover of "Feelin' Alright" originally by Traffic blows the original out of the water.

    Also, CSN's cover of "Woodstock" has to be mentioned.
     
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    Old and In the Way - Wild Horses

     
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    The Shirells Baby it's you covered by the Beatles and a funk sort of version by Smith. I still like the Smith version best.
     
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    Lol new name of the board.
     
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    Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds

     
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    Bonnie Raitt--Angel From Montgomery
    Springsteen--Jersey Girl
    Hendrix--All Along The Watchtower
     
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    I'm pretty sure Bob Dylan wrote and originally recorded Knocking on Heaven's Door (for the record, while I like GNR, theirs was one of the few versions of that song I didn't like).

    Dylan being covered by other artists with better versions could be a category in itself.

    Knocking on Heaven's Door (many)
    Blowin in the Wind (Peter, Paul & Mary)
    Along the Watchtower (Hendrix)
    Mr Tambourine Man (Byrds)
     
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    I just wish it was properly punctuated.
     
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    At least we don't spell it "muzik" like a Houston fan would.
     
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    Another couple are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover of "So you want to be a Rock & Roll Star". Mike Campbell's 12 string work is terrific.
     
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    Anything by Joe Cocker.
     
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    A few more from the early years...
    • "Think" James Brown covered the "5" Royales.
    • "Dedicated to the One I Love" the Shirelles covered the "5" Royales.
    • "Little Darlin'" the Diamonds covered the Gladiolas
    • "Stay" The Hollies, Four Seasons and Jackson Browne among others covered Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, who had previously been the Gladiolas (see above). Between "Little Darlin'" and "Stay" Maruice Williams has lived a comfortable, but certainly not extravagant life off royalties.
     
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    "Gin and Juice" by the Gourds is the best cover ever. Period. I'm remote and unable to post video link, but it's worth seeking out. Trust me.
     
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    the blondie song, "hanging on the telephone" is one of my all-time fav covers. the original by the nerves is probably the best power pop song ever written.

     
  29. elmcityboy

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    also love lucinda williams and everything she does. covers great artists, and is covered BY great artists.

    "which will" (nick drake cover)



    "changed the locks" (tom petty version of lucinda classic)

     
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  30. zymurg

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    The Bee Gees "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" was definitively covered by Al Green. In the 37th Kennedy Center Awards Ceremony
    it is the only non self penned song shown in the clips. Search out the Ceremony to see a killer cover of an Al Green original by Sam of Sam and Dave and Mavis Staples of the Staples Singers.

    Discussing the Cover World without the Blues Brothers would be a huge omission. BTW the Blues Brothers have inspired several cover bands. They are pretty awful.
     
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