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Old 04-08-16, 06:35 PM
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Best covers of a song

Some songwriter/performers just nail the original.

Sometimes somebody else covers it better and makes it their own, as in you hear it on the radio and forget there's an original artist, or hear the original and know there's a better version.

My choices:

- Joe Cocker - Feeling Alright, Dave Mason songwriter
- Richard Shindell - Born in the USA, Bruce Springsteen
- Bonnie Raitt - Angel from Montgomery, John Prine
- Emmylou Harris - C'est La Vie, Chuck Berry
- The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man, Bob Dylan
- Emmylou (again) - Pancho and Lefty, Townes Van Zandt
- Grateful Dead, about anything they tried
- Janis Joplin - Me and Bobbie McGee, Kris Kristoffeson
- Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower, Bob Dylan
- Judy Collins - Someday Soon, Ian Tyson
- Judy Collins - Send in the Clowns, Broadway musical Little Night Music

That's as far as I got on my iTunes file.
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Old 04-08-16, 06:47 PM
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Voodoo Chile - Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jiminy Hendrix
Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan, Larry Davis
Pretty much any song SRV covered
I really don't believe there is a need to cover someone else's song and put it on the radio. Unless You feel that you can do it better or just as good but differently. But covering a favorite artist song in a live concert setting is cool and shows respect.

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Old 04-08-16, 06:57 PM
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Johnny Cash covering NIN's Hurt. Trent Reznor said that the song, which was deeply personal to him, "belonged to (Cash)" after seeing the video for it.
Bjork's version of It's Oh So Quiet, which I didn't even know wasn't her original song for at least 10 years after it's release.
The Cardigans covering Sabbath's Iron Man. Because in my mind, a good cover is one where the artist takes it and makes it their own. And the Sabbath and Cardigans versions simply could not be more different.
Alien Ant Farm's cover of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal. I've never been a big fan of MJ, but I still like that AAF version.

I've got dozens of others, but that's all that's falling out of my brain right now.
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I'd respectfully disagree that Bonnie Raitt does a better job than John Prine on his 'Angel from Montgomery'. John's flat voice is perfect for the subject matter.

The Byrds also did a magnificent job on Dylan's 'My Back Pages'; of course most of Dylan's early work was just him and an acoustic guitar.
Elvis Costello covering Nick Lowe's 'What's so Funny About Peace Love and Understanding' also stands out.
New artist 'Lissie' does a great cover of Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way'. Her slower, bluesy version really puts the emphasis on the song's lyrics dealing with a romantic breakup much better than FM's upbeat 'pop' version. Here it is:


FWIW: Call up ironhorsebluegrass on YouTube - they do some GREAT bluegrass covers of heavy metal classics - Ozzy, Black Sabbath, even Metallica. It shows great musical talent to be able to rearrange a piece of music so it sounds great in another musical genera. Here's one:


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Old 04-08-16, 08:19 PM
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Adele pretty much took ownership of Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" in the same way Hendrix appropriated "All Along the Watchtower". I have to say just about any time anyone covered a Dylan, Carol King, or Joni Mitchell song. Love their songwriting, not such a fan of their voices with the exception of when Joni covered her own "Both Sides Now". That was pretty damn good.

I might have to modify that. I have a album of modern folk singers covering Dylan's stuff and while some of them are wonderful (Lucy Kaplansky doing "It Ain't Me" is quite nice), some are pretty terrible.

Since it was the first song we danced to at my wedding, Mary Chapin Carpenter's cover of John Lennon's "Grow Old with Me".

Ani DeFranco's cover of Greg Brown's "The Poet Game".

kd lang's cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.

Greg Laswell's cover of "Your Ghost".

Can I count 2Pac's "Changes" as a cover of Bruce Hornsby's "The Way it Is"? That's more of a sampling.

I did like Judy Collins' version of "Send in the Clowns". I have recording of Sinatra singing it somewhere that I really like as well because his voice just sounds so tired and worn in a way that fits with the lyrics - have to hunt down my Sinatra recordings and see about converting some of those to digital.

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Old 04-08-16, 08:23 PM
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AC/DC's Thunderstruck by the Steve 'n' Seagulls ...

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Damn, thanks all for showing me these bands. All three of the videos are fantastic. Especially that weird, but awesome, last one.

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Old 04-08-16, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by jgedwa View Post
Especially that weird, but awesome, last one.

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Now Jim, don't you think "weird" is a little strong?
In the PC ways of today ... "different" is more acceptable. Lol.

This is weirder (but still a great cover!)

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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Voodoo Chile - Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jiminy Hendrix
Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vaughan, Larry Davis
Pretty much any song SRV covered
I really don't believe there is a need to cover someone else's song and put it on the radio. Unless You feel that you can do it better or just as good but differently. But covering a favorite artist song in a live concert setting is cool and shows respect.


Old Johnny Guitar Watson piece.

As reposted from the covers thread.

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Old 04-08-16, 09:46 PM
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Cross Canadian Ragweed's cover of Stranglehold by Ted Nugent

https://youtu.be/vOUsYd0n5lI

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Aretha Franklin's cover of Otis Redding's "RESPECT"

Peter, Paul & Mary's covers of Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer" and Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind".
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Because in my mind, a good cover is one where the artist takes it and makes it their own.
UB 40 & Crissie Hynde - I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
Soft Cell - Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
Inmates - Dirty Water - Standells
Sleeping With Sirens - Iris - Goo Goo Dolls
Alaine - Hello - Adele
Disturbed - The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel

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Old 04-08-16, 10:17 PM
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One of my favorite covers that did better than the original was this one about an somebody's old car.



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My favorite four covers that come to mind:

Pearl Jam's cover of Last Kiss
Cash's cover of Hurt
Nina Gordon's cover of Straight Outta Compton (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG2EGOB9-lc)
All Along the Watchtower either by U2, Dylan, or Hendrix

(There are a few country covers I like but can't recall the names now.)
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Old 04-08-16, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post

FWIW: Call up ironhorsebluegrass on YouTube - they do some GREAT bluegrass covers of heavy metal classics - Ozzy, Black Sabbath, even Metallica. It shows great musical talent to be able to rearrange a piece of music so it sounds great in another musical genera. Here's one:

That I some stuff I can get on board with. I enjoyed those in the original forms but my taste has shifted from metal.
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"You Keep Me Hangin' On" Vanilla Fudge covering the Supremes.

"Painkiller" Death covering Judas Priest.

For oddness,

"Babylon Fell" Apollyon Sun covering Celtic Frost (Tom Fisher founded both bands).
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Disturbed-The Sound Of Silence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4
Leo Moracchioli-Hello
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtQUJMBH8uE
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Disturbed- Sound of Silence- Simon & Garfunkel
Disturbed- Land of Confusion- Genesis
Five Finger Death Punch- Bad Company- Bad Company
Device w/Lizzy Hale- Close My Eyes Forever- Lita Ford w/Ozzy

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There is a lot of gold here...


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...51BF0C94BE62E8
"Like A Version is a segment on Australian radio station triple j. Every Friday morning a musician or band comes into the studio to play one of their own songs and a cover of a song they love.

Since 2004, many artists have participated, including Dirty Projectors, Ben Folds, The Temper Trap, Alt-J, Regina Spektor, Bon Iver, The Kooks and Hilltop Hoods."

Some good ones:
Life on Mars - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnZt...E62E8&index=21
Such great heights - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_56F04LoQD4

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Not sure which version of Such Great Heights you chose because both links are the same, but I really like the Iron & Wine version best myself.
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Originally Posted by KLiNCK View Post
Now Jim, don't you think "weird" is a little strong?
In the PC ways of today ... "different" is more acceptable. Lol.
I am going to have to stand my ground on weird. Weird is good. Would you rather be normal?

And please keep the videos coming; someone has to teach this old dog where to find new music. Many thanks again.

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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Disturbed- Sound of Silence- Simon & Garfunkel
Disturbed- Land of Confusion- Genesis
Five Finger Death Punch- Bad Company- Bad Company
Device w/Lizzy Hale- Close My Eyes Forever- Lita Ford w/Ozzy

Basically anything 2CELLOS
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