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Title: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on September 11, 2018, 08:07:42 PM
I'm sure most of us can come up with at least a couple. To me though,with is being a CLASSIC song I think that this cover smokes the original done by The Animals. Agree/Disagree and post your own.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t40INnb6DnY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t40INnb6DnY)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: zombiehorror on September 11, 2018, 08:24:37 PM
I like everything except the vocals, those don't come close to the power-soul and emotion of Eric Burdon's.

I like these two; one by White Zombie and the other by Rob:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks7f-UZNeug (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks7f-UZNeug)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxAOc4JYELc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxAOc4JYELc)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: marsattacks666 on September 11, 2018, 08:24:42 PM
Let me think of some to post. I shall return, shortly.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on September 11, 2018, 10:04:11 PM
ZH I am going to respectfully disagree with both opinions. Especially on the Brick House. I posted in another thread here that the Commadors original is just outta sight pure FUNK.

Going back House In N.O we all know there quite a few covers of this icon song and some are good and some plainly SUCK.
So here is another version one of my top 10 metal bands of all time. Five Finger Death Punch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaDTzZ8ICmc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaDTzZ8ICmc)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Jimi Bat on September 11, 2018, 10:05:23 PM
Hendrix doing All Along The Watchtower.
The Beatles doing Words Of Love.
Vanilla Fudge You Keep Me Hanging On
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on September 11, 2018, 10:12:52 PM
Hendrix doing All Along The Watchtower.
The Beatles doing Words Of Love.

I don't think I've even heard Words of Love but the Hendrix version of All along the Watcher is actual my favorite Hendrix song. I just wish tht EVERYONE would forget that this was a Bob Dylan cuz that version just totally sux. Hendrix OWNS this and probably always will. 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mike Scott on September 12, 2018, 12:38:54 AM
Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mike Scott on September 12, 2018, 12:41:23 AM
I don't think I've even heard Words of Love

It was a Buddy Holly song. Covered on "Beatles For Sale"
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on September 12, 2018, 12:42:58 AM
So waaay back in the 70's there was an over looked band called Lucifers Friend. IMHO one of the greatest all out and really overlooked band from that era.
So saying that in the various music threads I have posted a few things to try to get another older crowd around them.
So trying to not be long winded I am posting a song called Ride The Sky which was redone years later after the original. As much as I LOVE Helloween for a very clean power metal band I have to say again in MY opinion that they did a very cool version total clean power metal BUT the original especially with that big horn sound just can't be reproduced.  Lucifers Friends piece comes at my head with the guitars and alright Aura of total f&*%ing doom and Angel Gabriel sounding like the end of the world is upon us got lost in the mix.

So LF version total rock/metal doom. Helloweens version is very clean almost happy power metal. Which in my book you do not want to say happy metal in the same conversation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beg6uNekcqI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beg6uNekcqI)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE5WfB5Cl3E (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE5WfB5Cl3E)


Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: geezer butler on September 15, 2018, 04:47:19 PM
Interesting topic. Faith No More is one of my favorite bands. I think they stand out in this category. They've recorded some killer versions of interesting songs, including:

I Started a Joke (by the Bee Gees)

Spanish Eyes (Engelbert Humperdinck)

I Wanna F%#* Myself (GG Allin)

Easy (the Commodores)

Just google these and you'll find them. FNM crazy talented imo.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: geezer butler on September 15, 2018, 04:57:37 PM
I don't know if I would say "better," but I think Deftones record some rad cover songs. If you're unfamiliar with them, they're an alt-metal band. Real heavy band, but they have an ethereal sound----not traditional metal at all. Really influenced by 80s new wave actually. They've recorded some rad versions of the following songs:

Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (the Smiths)

Night Boat (Duran Duran)

The Chauffeur (Duran Duran)

To Have and To Hold (Depeche Mode)

If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (The Cure)

Drive (The Cars)

Highly recommend this band and these songs
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: zombiehorror on September 15, 2018, 09:49:29 PM
ZH I am going to respectfully disagree with both opinions.


No worries, as Geezer said, I don't really consider these better than the original; just different.  A cover is always better (ok, not always) if the band doing it makes it their own while still capturing something from the original.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsZv9GWdmVg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsZv9GWdmVg)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaozpmLSkhM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaozpmLSkhM)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on September 16, 2018, 06:04:16 AM
Sorry Man
 This sounds like a cross between Elvis and Jethro Bodean.  ::)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on September 16, 2018, 06:08:28 AM
No shame on my end,I LOVE 80s-90's techno pop but like Dopes version better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGNiXGX2nLU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGNiXGX2nLU)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9mQQpBGCz4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9mQQpBGCz4)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on September 16, 2018, 07:01:49 AM
I'm sure that some of you old farts are going to lambaste me but imo this just SMOKES Deep Purple all the way around.
I've gotten crazy and cranked my Toyota P.U to over 100mph down the highway to this. >:D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXME5p2GLeg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXME5p2GLeg)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on September 16, 2018, 08:19:03 AM
Sorry guys. Too buzzed to find the link but I will admit that the music cover was better but the soulful voice of Eric Burdon totally owns this song.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on September 20, 2018, 06:57:37 PM
I don't think I've even heard Words of Love but the Hendrix version of All along the Watcher is actual my favorite Hendrix song. I just wish tht EVERYONE would forget that this was a Bob Dylan cuz that version just totally sux. Hendrix OWNS this and probably always will. 8)
No way would I forget Dylan's earthy version (which in no way sucks). Hendrix was one of the biggest Dylan fans ever, and would completely disagree. He was mesmerized by Dylan's song and decided to give it a go. He also did "Like a Rolling Stone" in most of his live sets, but paled in comparison to the original. Btw, Judas Priest got their name from a Dylan song off the same album as "Watchtower" ( "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest").
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Jimi Bat on September 20, 2018, 11:15:15 PM
 Hendrix did do Like A Rolling Stone a few times but really not that often. He was a huge Dylan fan and its no accident that Dylan's name is spelled out in the title of his third lp Electric Ladyland. Here is a list of some of the Dylan songs he covered.

All Along The Watchtower,Like A Rolling Stone,Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window,Drifters Escape,Tears Of Rage

He also sings a snippit of a line from Blowin In The Wind as the audience sounds fade out in My Friend.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Doh! on September 21, 2018, 01:06:04 AM
I'm partial to the remake of Mad World myself:

! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYY-a0_Bb9Y#)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on September 21, 2018, 05:57:27 AM
I'm partial to the remake of Mad World myself:

! No longer available ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYY-a0_Bb9Y#[/url])


I'm with you all the way. Love this song even though it is pretty depressing.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on September 21, 2018, 10:43:21 AM
Hendrix did do Like A Rolling Stone a few times but really not that often. He was a huge Dylan fan and its no accident that Dylan's name is spelled out in the title of his third lp Electric Ladyland. Here is a list of some of the Dylan songs he covered.

All Along The Watchtower,Like A Rolling Stone,Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window,Drifters Escape,Tears Of Rage

He also sings a snippit of a line from Blowin In The Wind as the audience sounds fade out in My Friend.

 Electric La(dylan)d ....I had no idea. My dad took my brother and me to see Hendrix for our birthday. It was at the Forum with opening act Buddy Miles. Buddy's backing band was the original Allman Brothers. It was great seeing two guitar legends right before their deaths. Hendrix was musically excellent, but lacked that early flash. Duane Allman was also a treat to hear. I can't believe it's been almost fifty years since. Great show. Four years later I saw Dylan and the Band at the same venue. They used Hendrix's arrangement of "All Along the Watchtower", with Robbie Robertson paying tribute with a blistering guitar solo.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Jimi Bat on September 21, 2018, 10:56:05 PM
Your dad took you to the Forum to see Hendrix in 1970!!! That's special and I must admit I'm absolutely green with envy.
That was opening night of his last American tour and one of my favorite Hendrix shows. I used to torture friends and clear out rooms with a boot of that show back in the 70s. I sure wish a soundboard of it would show up one day.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on September 22, 2018, 10:42:05 AM
Your dad took you to the Forum to see Hendrix in 1970!!! That's special and I must admit I'm absolutely green with envy.
That was opening night of his last American tour and one of my favorite Hendrix shows. I used to torture friends and clear out rooms with a boot of that show back in the 70s. I sure wish a soundboard of it would show up one day.

 I had a bootleg from that show, too....horrible audience recording. My ticket stub (which I lost after my move) was priced at $3.50! My dad, brother, and myself saw this great show for a little over ten bucks. I remember having the souvenir program for the longest time (now, also gone). Any show now will run you from a hundred to three hundred dollars.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wolfman on October 03, 2018, 07:43:03 PM
When Will I Be Loved by Linda Ronstadt is superior to the original version by The Everly Brothers imo.

JP
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: marsattacks666 on October 05, 2018, 05:14:16 PM
Electric La(dylan)d ....I had no idea. My dad took my brother and me to see Hendrix for our birthday. It was at the Forum with opening act Buddy Miles. Buddy's backing band was the original Allman Brothers. It was great seeing two guitar legends right before their deaths. Hendrix was musically excellent, but lacked that early flash. Duane Allman was also a treat to hear. I can't believe it's been almost fifty years since. Great show. Four years later I saw Dylan and the Band at the same venue. They used Hendrix's arrangement of "All Along the Watchtower", with Robbie Robertson paying tribute with a blistering guitar solo.


Holy, cats!!! Now that is awesome!!
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: geezer butler on December 13, 2019, 05:12:19 PM
These versions are not better by any means, but still pretty cool. Anyhow, listening to some cool versions of political charged anthems.

Sepultura: Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos (Public Enemy)
Shai Hulud: Fearless Vampire Killers (Bad Brains)
Boysetsfire: Holiday in Cambodia (Dead Kennedys)
Napalm Death: Nazi Punks F_#* Off (Dead Kennedys)
Fear Factory: Your Mistake (Agnostic Front)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: geezer butler on December 22, 2019, 01:35:54 AM
I was listening to more cool covers tonight. Again, not better but definitely interesting

Nine Inch Nails: Get Down Make Love (Queen)
Moby: That's When I Reach for My Revolver (Mission of Burma)
Stone Sour: Sailin' On (Bad Brains)
Stone Sour: Too Fast For Love (Motley Crue)
Stone Sour: The Dark (Metal Church)

Those are actually pretty respectable Bad Brains and Crue covers by Stone Sour. And their cover of "The Dark" is sick as hell.

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 22, 2019, 11:05:10 AM
Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwiTs60VoTM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwiTs60VoTM)

Zep took that track to where no man had ever gone!

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 22, 2019, 11:11:29 AM
Interesting topic. Faith No More is one of my favorite bands. I think they stand out in this category. They've recorded some killer versions of interesting songs, including:

I Started a Joke (by the Bee Gees)

Spanish Eyes (Engelbert Humperdinck)

I Wanna F%#* Myself (GG Allin)

Easy (the Commodores)

Just google these and you'll find them. FNM crazy talented imo.


The definitive version of Spanish Eyes was by Al Martino:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enIdTGckjKs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enIdTGckjKs)

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 22, 2019, 11:22:40 AM
The Shirelles' version was good:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKgkDxnG9Z8# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKgkDxnG9Z8#)

But Smith took Baby It's You to the stratosphere!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIGo31k-qkw# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIGo31k-qkw#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 22, 2019, 11:39:10 AM
Sorry guys. Too buzzed to find the link but I will admit that the music cover was better but the soulful voice of Eric Burdon totally owns this song.


I agree! The Animals' version is a league better than any other:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fy7opKu46c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fy7opKu46c)

Bob Dylan had previously recorded a version of the song. When he first heard the Animals' recording, he was driving along the highway. So knocked out was he by the song on his car radio that he pulled off to the side of the road to fully concentrate on what he was hearing.

 :)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 23, 2019, 10:30:31 AM
Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks


And speaking of covers of When the Levee Breaks, check out Zepparella's cover of Led Zeppelin's take:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-_9cwdLug (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-_9cwdLug)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 23, 2019, 10:43:03 PM
ZH I am going to respectfully disagree with both opinions. Especially on the Brick House. I posted in another thread here that the Commadors original is just outta sight pure FUNK.


I agree!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5EmnQp3V48 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5EmnQp3V48)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 23, 2019, 10:58:43 PM
When Will I Be Loved by Linda Ronstadt is superior to the original version by The Everly Brothers imo.


Here are the Everly Brothers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI0ll5SexV0# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI0ll5SexV0#)

And now here's Linda Ronstadt:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iBgTqz_-vY# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iBgTqz_-vY#)

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on December 24, 2019, 01:32:44 AM
I was listening to more cool covers tonight. Again, not better but definitely interesting


Stone Sour: The Dark (Metal Church)

Those are actually pretty respectable Bad Brains and Crue covers by Stone Sour. And their cover of "The Dark" is sick as hell.

Stone Sour Church cover?! Sick is right,they sound like Nu Metal with  drunkin Flu guys and NEVER go . anywhere but down
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 26, 2019, 12:15:06 PM
Three of the Rolling Stones' first four Billboard chart hits in 1964 were covers:

Buddy Holley & the Crickets - Not Fade Away

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2L84dvoag# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2L84dvoag#)

The addition of Brian Jones' harmonica and Keith Richards' guitar work turned Buddy Holly's bebop number into a blistering R&B track:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUNXQNkl_QI# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUNXQNkl_QI#)

Valentinos - It's All Over Now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71XrZ7ghpZg# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71XrZ7ghpZg#)

When Bobby Womack, the composer of It's All Over Now and lead singer of the Valentinos, heard of the Stones' intention to record his song, he instructed manager Sam Cooke to tell that Mick Jagger to find his own songs. Cooke replied that the Stones had every right to rerecord his song and that it was probably a smart business move for Womack anyway. But when Womack got his first royalty cheque, he changed his tune immediately. "You tell that Jagger fellow I got plenty more good songs for him to record!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVpFf2DmFSM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVpFf2DmFSM#)

Irma Thomas - Time Is on My Side

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McOmcNwqprA# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McOmcNwqprA#)

Irma Thomas still likes to point out that she did it first. And did she ever! The Stones' version was also really good though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEj8lUx0gwY# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEj8lUx0gwY#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on December 26, 2019, 12:19:06 PM
Very interesting. I like Bobby Womacks comments.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 27, 2019, 12:06:49 AM
A more recent cover by the Rolling Stones was their 1986 rerecording Bob & Earl's Harlem Shuffle:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bZyk5mixXk&feature=youtu.be# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bZyk5mixXk&feature=youtu.be#)

The Stones' version was both funkier and more playful - and therefore better!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAkMTu6q2pY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAkMTu6q2pY)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mike Scott on December 27, 2019, 12:24:38 AM
Your "Bob & Earl" video was removed, so I replace it with a different one.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 27, 2019, 01:02:42 PM
Thank you!

Shakin' All Over by Johnny Kidd & the Pirates was released in June 1960:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n327ncoU_ZU# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n327ncoU_ZU#)

And it was pretty good. But it was Guess Who?(Chad Allan & the Expressions) who took the number to the stratosphere with this cover in 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2lCDQ8j9bE# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2lCDQ8j9bE#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on December 27, 2019, 01:33:39 PM
Though I wouldn't say it's better, I prefer The Clash's version of "Police and Thieves" than the Jr. Murvin original. "Police on my Back" is a draw between The Clash version and the equally (pun intended) amazing1967 Equals original.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 28, 2019, 01:00:27 PM
The original from 1963 written and sung by Barbara Lewis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xVXVqT-GdE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xVXVqT-GdE)

Yvonne Elliman's covered the song in 1977:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KtgMrkkIjE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KtgMrkkIjE)

Elliman's cover was very similar to Lewis' original recording but I'm giving a slight edge to Elliman's cover because her voice has a bit more clarity when needed.

 :)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on December 30, 2019, 01:17:45 PM
Vanilla Fudge was a band known for its covers. My two favourites are these:

Season of the Witch - Donovan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAWe8oBIRtY# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAWe8oBIRtY#)

Season of the Witch was a step in a new and different direction for Donovan in 1966. Then in 1968 Vanilla Fudge took the song all the way there:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xld25GDuBYM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xld25GDuBYM#)

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2rfZdqinIA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2rfZdqinIA)

The original release from 1967 had lyrics and vocal that were positively ethereal. Vanilla Fudge in 1969 then took the instrumentals into realms of unparalleled eeriness:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7qcVXxgizM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7qcVXxgizM#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: marsattacks666 on January 02, 2020, 02:34:27 PM
Great song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU_2oNF9CZE&app=desktop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU_2oNF9CZE&app=desktop)

However. This version is much better. Stanley/Simmons
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPCexEPWIko&app=desktop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPCexEPWIko&app=desktop)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 02, 2020, 11:14:44 PM
Screamin' Jay Hawkins had been a fairly typical blues musician at the time he co-wrote I Put a Spell on You in 1956. He had intended the song to be a pretty standard blues ballad. But producer Arnold Maxin had brought ribs, chicken and beer into the studio for a little party and they all got drunk. So Hawkins ended up screaming as opposed to singing the lyrics to the song. Despite being banned from airplay on most radio stations, the song was a huge hit. DJ Alan Freed then convinced Hawkins to adopt a stage persona consistent with his signature hit and Hawkins made a career of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kGPhpvqtOc&t=77s# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kGPhpvqtOc&t=77s#)

Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1968 recording of the song made it a lot funkier:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeXqtzusIU0# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeXqtzusIU0#)

Jeff Beck also recorded an excellent take with Joss Stone on vocals in 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do5W6RXk6cY# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do5W6RXk6cY#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Lazarus on January 03, 2020, 01:22:21 AM
I think I prefer the Donovan version of Season of the Witch, myself.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 03, 2020, 02:39:19 PM
Baby, Please Don't Go was a traditional blues number played by many in the early decades of the 20th century. Perhaps the most popular early recording of the song was this one from 1935 by Big Joe Williams accompanied by Sonny Boy Williamson I on harmonica:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrOCNBBO8-w (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrOCNBBO8-w)

Them recorded this great cover in 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wah7MqEHFg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wah7MqEHFg)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 06, 2020, 02:31:30 PM
The Butterfield Blues Band did as much if not more to expose young American music fans to blues-rock as did any of the British Invasion bands. The East-West LP released in August 1966 in particular contained a couple of sensational covers of blues classics:

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/511UYjE%2Be-L.jpg)

Walkin' Blues was originally written and recorded by Son House in 1930:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9rwsnPJ7aw# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9rwsnPJ7aw#)

The Butterfield Blues Band added a pronounced beat and made the old classic rock!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9dkse6R3Tg# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9dkse6R3Tg#)

Get Out of My Life Woman was a big hit for Lee Dorsey earlier in 1966:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxp0Kfgpft8# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxp0Kfgpft8#)

Once again the Butterfield Blues Band added more punch to the tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dM5febYr4k# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dM5febYr4k#)

Both Butterfield tracks are blessed with excellent separation and sound great on a good stereo!

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 08, 2020, 01:15:26 PM
The Fresh Cream LP originally released in December 1966 contained a couple of excellent covers.

(https://i.pinimg.com/474x/62/4f/4c/624f4ca68c5d9b491311d08f7deec3c6--fresh-cream-lp-covers.jpg)

Spoonful had been written by Willie Dixon and was first recorded by Howlin' Wolf in 1960:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LFjHo7Cdrw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LFjHo7Cdrw)

Cream's version seemed darker somehow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEl0ZhKm-lo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEl0ZhKm-lo)

I'm So Glad was first recorded by Skip James in 1931:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTDQrgb7nhE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTDQrgb7nhE)

Cream recorded a harder driving version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3GIQ86eu6c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3GIQ86eu6c)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: marsattacks666 on January 08, 2020, 06:13:53 PM
Sorry Beatles, fans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIN_ev8Msvo&app=desktop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIN_ev8Msvo&app=desktop)

Aerosmith's version is much better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo4GJ6YdDeY&app=desktop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo4GJ6YdDeY&app=desktop)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 10, 2020, 04:33:48 PM
One of the most often recorded blues standards is Good Morning Little Schoolgirl. It was first recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson in 1937:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnvId0dasgc# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnvId0dasgc#)

Smokey Hogg turned it into a big hit on the R&B charts in 1950:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6sKquiUHaA# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6sKquiUHaA#)

In 1965 Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band turned the song into a classic electrified Chicago blues number:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXq4SI-2kjA# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXq4SI-2kjA#)

The Grateful Dead included a surprisingly good cover of the song on their debut album in 1967:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMUxM4CAAFU# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMUxM4CAAFU#)

Ten Years After dispensed of the harmonica parts but picked up the instrumental pace overall for their rerecording of the track on the Ssssh album in 1969:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIjufDIgMdM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIjufDIgMdM#)

And here's a smoking hot version from 1997 by Jonny Lang:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpk85tND1T4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpk85tND1T4)

Maybe, maybe, his is the best!

 ;)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 11, 2020, 01:50:21 PM
Cannibal & the Headhunters had a sensational hit in 1965 with Land of 1000 Dances:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZFzKZyyQK0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZFzKZyyQK0)

This version released by the Wrestlers of the WWF in 1985 was even better though!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHZCcu9ltcs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHZCcu9ltcs)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 12, 2020, 11:14:48 PM
Wilson Pickett excellent take on Mustang Sally was released in 1966:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1FRrZD2y9Y (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1FRrZD2y9Y)

But the cover that Buddy Guy released in 1991 with Jeff Beck guesting on guitar took the song to new heights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TYWYDqr-TA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TYWYDqr-TA)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 13, 2020, 12:59:21 PM
The Vibrations recorded My Girl Sloopy in 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh0hHm-ckQw# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh0hHm-ckQw#)

The McCoys' 1965 cover took the song now retitled Hang On Sloopy one step better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlTKhPkZSJo# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlTKhPkZSJo#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 14, 2020, 12:26:16 PM
The Leaves released Hey Joe as a single in 1966:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWv03Wgz0PQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWv03Wgz0PQ)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience then did the Leaves one better later on in 1966 with this cover:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o_-NoW3n3A (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o_-NoW3n3A)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 15, 2020, 12:20:33 PM
The Spencer Davis Group hit big with I'm a Man in early 1967:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFkFtyJGae4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFkFtyJGae4)

The Chicago Transit Authority's 1970 cover was perhaps even a bit better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8vY3vAbAdQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8vY3vAbAdQ)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 16, 2020, 11:48:19 AM
The Swingin' Medallions had a big hit with Double Shot of My Baby's Love in 1966 despite it being banned from airplay on many stations for its suggestive lyrics:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk4Rj9WXjko# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk4Rj9WXjko#)

Note the inclusion in the above video of clips of the sensational Sandy Sarjeant, the lead dancer on Ready Steady Go!:

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/GZ3vErp4BdQ/hqdefault.jpg)

Because of its lyrical content, the song made far more sense performed by a female singer. The Goodees did precisely that in 1969 and did it very well indeed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlWML9wynwo# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlWML9wynwo#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Doh! on January 17, 2020, 01:03:09 AM
I'm diggin' this thread! It's the most entertaining history lesson I think I've ever experienced.

Another one from me: remember that goofy Russian guy whose '70s performance was dug up about 10 years ago...?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oavMtUWDBTM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oavMtUWDBTM)


Well, that was a remake from the '60s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n041M5FnqA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n041M5FnqA)

I definitely find the remake more watchable!
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 17, 2020, 10:44:31 AM
 :o

I just cringe! Too painful to keep watching.

 cl:)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 17, 2020, 11:06:09 AM
Torch singer Etta James released this now classic number in 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9sq3ME0JHQ# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9sq3ME0JHQ#)

Chicken Shack with the incomparable Peter Green guesting on guitar did a cover with particularly striking instrumentals in 1969. It reached #14 on the U.K. charts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohx9Ve7-GS0# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohx9Ve7-GS0#)

Beyoncé played the part of Etta James in the 1968 Cadillac Records movie and did a great cover:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZVQD9piv7A# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZVQD9piv7A#)

It rather left me wondering why so much of Beyoncé's other catalogue is outright crap.

 ???
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 18, 2020, 03:13:34 PM
Rockabilly star Dale Hawkins' recording of Susie Q reached #27 on the Billboard charts in 1957:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmrETlIXzLg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmrETlIXzLg)

Bayou rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded an even funkier version of Suzie Q for their debut LP in 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs99a-5vgA0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs99a-5vgA0)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 19, 2020, 11:27:05 PM
Back in 1963 John Lennon and Paul McCartney penned a tune for an up and coming British band they liked:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbTtP6j-oyg# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbTtP6j-oyg#)

With Brian Jones' great guitar licks, the Stones made iI Wanna be Your Man sound like an Elmore James original. The Stones released it as a single on 1 November 1963.

The Beatles then recorded their own take on the song and included it on their With the Beatles LP which was released on 22 November 1963:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOXIX4akKKs# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOXIX4akKKs#)

While the Beatles were indeed the better band in late 1963, I'm not so sure that the Beatles' version of the track was the better one.

 :-\

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 27, 2020, 01:14:30 PM
Sound of Silence was first released on 19 October 1964 as a track on Simon & Garfunkel's Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. LP:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7McpVPlidc# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7McpVPlidc#)

The album was a commercial flop. Seeing the track's potential, Columbia producer Tom Wilson took the previously recorded tape and overdubbed electric guitar and drums onto it. Columbia then re-released the new version of Sound of Silence as a single in September 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ukmjBSQY-c# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ukmjBSQY-c#)

Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel knew nothing about Columbia's actions until they heard the new version of their song on the radio while in Europe. Paul Simon hated it immediately but it became their signature number and one of the top hit songs of all time.

Disturbed released a very different cover version on 7 December 2015:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4#)

It also went to #1 on the Billboard charts. Which version is better can be debated.

 ;)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on January 27, 2020, 02:47:32 PM
 I have to admit, I prefer Tom Wilson's take (though, I hated what he did to Velvet Underground's "Sunday Morning"). The increased volume makes it a lot more dynamic. Disturbed, I can do without.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 27, 2020, 11:09:42 PM
Them released Gloria on the flip side of Baby, Please Don't Go in November 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RII_Uhfw2Wg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RII_Uhfw2Wg)

The Shadows of Knight released a less vocally frantic but more instrumentally punctuated cover in December 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdAezc-RX-o (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdAezc-RX-o)

I give a slight edge to the take by the Shadows of Knight.

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 28, 2020, 11:17:42 AM
Nina Simone's soulful but heavily orchestrated version of Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood was released in November 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ckv6-yhnIY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ckv6-yhnIY)

The Animals released a blues-rock cover on 29 January 1965 which absolutely destroyed the original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw7RTUEZMyg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw7RTUEZMyg)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Doh! on January 29, 2020, 12:44:21 AM
Thanks for posting that -- never heard the Nina Simone version before.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 29, 2020, 12:33:56 PM
Well then you might also be interested in this other cover by the Animals from the same Animal Tracks LP. Bring It on Home to Me by Sam Cooke was released on 8 May 1962:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3ncYwtsQWY# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3ncYwtsQWY#)

Cooke's version was very smooth, but I prefer the version the Animals released as a single on 20 March 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cplBfvFrzRc# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cplBfvFrzRc#)

I'd say the Animals' take was more intense.

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: marsattacks666 on January 29, 2020, 07:42:18 PM
The Syndicate Sound-Little Girl. Good song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA8tUUrSTIw&t=13s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA8tUUrSTIw&t=13s)


The Dead Boys make the song shiver and shake. Way better version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsk45zobw4Q (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsk45zobw4Q)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 29, 2020, 11:26:42 PM
I saw the Dead Boys in concert at the New Yorker Cinema on Yonge Street in late 1977 or early 1978. Little Girl was among the songs they played.

 8)

I still prefer the Syndicate of Sound's version though.

 ;)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Doh! on January 30, 2020, 01:53:35 AM
That's a tough call, Hepcat -- I love Sam Cooke, but that Animals version is pretty solid, too.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: marsattacks666 on January 30, 2020, 10:37:21 AM
I saw the Dead Boys in concert at the New Yorker Cinema on Yonge Street in late 1977 or early 1978. Little Girl was among the songs they played.

 8)

I still prefer the Syndicate of Sound's version though.

 ;)

Unfortunately, I was never able to see the Dead Boys with Stiv Bators.( R.I.P.)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 30, 2020, 04:02:27 PM
Johnny Rivers was great at taking old rockabilly or R&B classics and turning them into top charting hits with Seventh Son being particularly noteworthy. Willie Mabon's very jazzy original version was released as a single in October 1955:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EphtWmrlXg# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EphtWmrlXg#)

Johnny Rivers though made it rock when he recorded it for his Meanwhile Back at the Whisky A Go Go LP in 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZoY102X9cM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZoY102X9cM#)

Despite the name of the LP, Rivers made the recording in the studio. Crowd noise was then dubbed onto the track.

 ;)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Doh! on January 31, 2020, 02:19:07 AM
Oh, yes -- Johny Rivers for sure!

I really like The Who's version of "Pinball Wizard"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xZzGtDW2p4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xZzGtDW2p4)


...but like Elton John's even moreso:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joxyFDmh_LY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joxyFDmh_LY)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 31, 2020, 11:57:47 AM
Oh, yes -- Johny Rivers for sure!


Johnny Rivers could certainly rock with the very best! Chuck Berry's Memphis, Tennesee was released in 1959:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5ezeUM6c74 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5ezeUM6c74)

It got to #6 in the U.K, but not until 1963!

Johnny Rivers' great cover hit record stores in May 1964 and got to #2 on the Billboard charts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAc0FKyBgks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAc0FKyBgks)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on January 31, 2020, 12:26:41 PM
...but like Elton John's even moreso:

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joxyFDmh_LY[/url] ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joxyFDmh_LY[/url])


They're very similar arrangements actually. But I've figured out which pinball machines they're playing in the video! Elton John is playing Gottlieb's Buckaroo:

(https://oi1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/General%20Album%203/General%20Album%203001/buckaro1_zpsewfob5og.jpg?t=1580405017)

(https://oi1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/General%20Album%203/General%20Album%203001/buckaro3_zpsjx0zibjz.jpg?t=1580405025)

While Roger Daltrey is playing Gottlieb's Kings and Queens:

(https://oi1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/General%20Album%203/General%20Album%203001/kingsqu1_zpseqmuhayb.jpg?t=1580405030)

(https://oi1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/General%20Album%203/General%20Album%203001/kingsqu2_zpstnf1cbxt.jpg?t=1580405030)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 01, 2020, 02:06:21 PM
Denise, Denise from 1961 by Randy & the Rainbows was good:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgqMW4CHClk# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgqMW4CHClk#)

Blondie though smoked it with this cover released in February 1978 entitled Denis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyWQ9oaaJxM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyWQ9oaaJxM)

Love the French lyrics! Another video since Deborah Harry always merits a second look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahGxiSV_LH0# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahGxiSV_LH0#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 02, 2020, 10:53:19 PM
One of the tracks Bob Dylan included on his The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan LP released on 13 August 1963 was Blowin' in the Wind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMFj8uDubsE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMFj8uDubsE)

Peter, Paul and Mary wasted no time covering it and released their version three weeks later as a single:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfrG6_TvTQw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfrG6_TvTQw)

It became a smash hit and reached #2 on the Billboard charts.

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on February 02, 2020, 11:21:34 PM
 I'm a huge Dylan fan, but I always hated "Blowin' in the Wind". Don't know why, but Iitalways sounded simplistic to me. I'd much rather listen to "A Hard Rain's a Gonna Fall" (from the same album). Bryan Ferry's version is great, if you don't happen to like Dylan's voice.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 03, 2020, 12:57:24 PM
How about Mr. Tambourine Man then?

It was the first track on Bob Dylan's LP Bringing It All Back Home released on 22 March 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oecX_1pqxk0# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oecX_1pqxk0#)

The Byrds released their cover on 12 April 1965 as a single:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYLKlgalHMs# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYLKlgalHMs#)

It rocketed to #1 on the charts.

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on February 03, 2020, 04:12:33 PM
Yep, Bringing it all Back Home is my fave Dylan l.p.. Also, the Byrds covers were always winners. My Back Pages was probably my favorite Byrds Dylan cover.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 04, 2020, 11:39:01 PM
Also, the Byrds covers were always winners.


Indeed! The Byrds kicked off their career with two fabulous ones. The other was Pete Seger's Turn, Turn, Turn from 1962:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbPl91kTFro# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbPl91kTFro#)

Here it is that same year by the Limeliters :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuzE5dwPCd4# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuzE5dwPCd4#)

Both simply horrible. But the Byrds' cover that was released 1 October 1965 was elysian:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPbR3uovtf8# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPbR3uovtf8#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Doh! on February 05, 2020, 02:08:52 AM
Hepcat, how could you omit the BEST version of Mr. Tambourine Man??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0hTtsqiFCc# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0hTtsqiFCc#)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 05, 2020, 12:50:54 PM
 :o
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on February 05, 2020, 01:12:55 PM
Hepcat, how could you omit the BEST version of Mr. Tambourine Man??

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0hTtsqiFCc#[/url] ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0hTtsqiFCc#[/url])


Oh,man, that is awesome! I have never heard that version. It may be the single best recording in the history of American music. I love the excessive use of the tambourine in the beginning. It reminds me of Will Ferrell's use of the cowbell in SNL's "Don't Fear the Reaper" skit. Classic!
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 07, 2020, 02:17:11 PM
It Ain't Me Babe by Bob Dylan was released on 8 August 1964 on the LP Another Side of Bob Dylan:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoagldK69U0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoagldK69U0)

The Turtles' cover was released in August 1965 and got to #8 on the charts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrfpj9P_Mys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrfpj9P_Mys)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on February 07, 2020, 02:27:12 PM
 Great song, great cover.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Doh! on February 08, 2020, 01:33:55 AM
Well, you could argue that The Turtles' version is superior... IF you ignore the musical stylings of one Sebastian Cabot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py0aAkN273E (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py0aAkN273E)


Do you guys ever listen to Soma FM? It's available on Roku -- or the internets. They have a channel of just cover tunes:

http://somafm.com/covers/ (http://somafm.com/covers/)

Interesting stuff pops up there.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 12, 2020, 03:06:40 PM
Jock-O-Mo by Sugar Boy Crawford and his Cane Cutters was released in 1953:

Error 404 (Not Found)!!1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgOrIar_qGk#)

The Dixie Cups were merely having a fun sing along in the studio of a song they'd heard from one of their grandmothers, but the tape was running and their sing-a-long was turned into a cover of Jock-O-Mo. The Dixie Cups' version was retitled Iko Iko and released in March 1965:

Error 404 (Not Found)!!1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKAfaroVP_8#)

The Belle Stars released a cover of Iko Iko in 1982:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP01RNDDsPM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP01RNDDsPM#)

It got to #14 on the Billboard charts a whopping seven years later in 1989 after it was featured in the soundtrack of the movie Rain Man.

Captain Jack recorded a cover in 2001 but it has nothing special going for it other than the visuals in the video:

(https://musixtube.info/img/thumbs/captain-jack-iko-iko_0gccoii1.jpg)

 ;)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on February 12, 2020, 03:26:46 PM
 Female buttcheeks always enhance everything.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 13, 2020, 12:11:25 PM
People Get Ready by the Impressions reached #14 on the Billboard charts after being released in 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l04yM7-BWbg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l04yM7-BWbg)

I hated it both then and now.

I really like the 1985 cover by Jeff Beck with Rod Stewart guesting on vocals though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC_j_dzkaVE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC_j_dzkaVE)

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 16, 2020, 07:14:32 PM
Ruler of My Heart was a song written by Allen Toussaint that was first recorded by Irma Thomas and released in May 1963:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqkVqEEl8jU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqkVqEEl8jU)

Pain in My Heart by Otis Redding was released on 26 September 1963:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=158fwCG27zE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=158fwCG27zE)

Given that Otis Redding was also credited as the songwriter, Toussaint's management team quickly objected.

The Rolling Stones then covered Pain in My Heart and included it in their Rolling Stones, Now LP released 13 February 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WrlFLJ47eE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WrlFLJ47eE)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 18, 2020, 02:31:43 PM
A Hazy Shade of Winter by Simon & Garfunkel was released as a single on 22 October 1966 and peaked at #13 on the Billboard charts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnZdlhUDEJo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnZdlhUDEJo)

The Bangles' cover was released in November 1987 and got to #2 on the charts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cNeXWpTVlo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cNeXWpTVlo)

And here they are performing it live in 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19d2aolIx0E (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19d2aolIx0E)

Check out Susanna Hoffs! She truly did get better with age.

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Doh! on February 19, 2020, 01:02:45 AM
Hey now!

The Bangles did a really good job covering this.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 19, 2020, 02:31:56 PM
Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash was released 19 April 1963:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIBTg7q9oNc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIBTg7q9oNc)

Blondie then did a terrific cover for the 1980 movie Roadie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z16RL14SiiU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z16RL14SiiU)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 20, 2020, 10:44:51 PM
Here's a great song by the Exciters from 1962:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnJXggvdaI8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnJXggvdaI8)

And here's the great cover by Vonda Shepard released 5 May 1998:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYtDX-vNncs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYtDX-vNncs)

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