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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 of Hello Stranger from March 1963 written and sung by Barbara Lewis got to #3 on the Billboard pop chart:

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

Yvonne Elliman 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 only got to #15 on the Billboard charts. Nonetheless I'm giving a very slight edge to Elliman's cover because I prefer the instrumental and vocal backing on her version.

 :)

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 above! 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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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 24, 2020, 11:43:28 AM
Bertolt Brecht's lyrics for the Alabama Song were set to music by Kurt Weill for use in the 1927 play Little Mahagonny where it was sung by Lotte Lenya. It was reused for Brecht and Weill's 1930 opera Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Here it is by Lotte Lenya:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-5ata4jDyk# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-5ata4jDyk#)

The Doors included a truly excellent cover entitled Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) on their self-titled debut album which was released on 4 January 1967:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAK5blgfKWM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAK5blgfKWM#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 25, 2020, 02:19:52 PM
George Gershwin wrote the aria Summertime in 1934 for the opera Porgy and Bess which hit the stage in 1935. Most of the early recorded versions of the song were dreadful. Here's the first recording with Abbey Mitchell on vocals and Gershwin himself on piano:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQsX7VTfd_c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQsX7VTfd_c)

Here's the much touted version from 1957 by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald:

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

Ho, hum (at best).

The song was finally given justice and brought to full flower by Big Brother & the Holding Company on the LP Cheap Thrills released on 12 August 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A24JZkgvNv4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A24JZkgvNv4)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 26, 2020, 11:34:33 AM
Eddie Cochrane's rockabilly classic Summertime Blues was released on 21 June 1958:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In7z7B87Puc# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In7z7B87Puc#)

While it peaked at only #8 on the Billboard charts, it was nonetheless ranked #73 in Rolling Stone's March 2005 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

In 1967 the Who recorded a pretty good cover in the studio but it wasn't released until the remastered edition of Odds and Sods hit store shelves in 1998:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ1i278NJsk# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ1i278NJsk#)

Blue Cheer's excellent cover was released in 1968 and was arguably the first heavy metal song to ever make the pop charts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRFw5U2VhIo# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRFw5U2VhIo#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on February 26, 2020, 12:06:08 PM
 I was wondering when you would get to that one. All three are excellent, but I have great fondness for the reckless abandon of the Blue Cheer version.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 26, 2020, 12:48:57 PM
Had I taken some time to do any advanced planning, I would have ordered my posts by date of a song's initial release (assuming of course that I thought of all the really good covers in the first place which I doubt). I currently still have a bunch on my plate to post over the next few weeks.

 ;)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 27, 2020, 12:25:49 PM
The Righteous Brothers had several great hits. But this one released in May 1963 isn't among their very best:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyOQShpyCW4# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyOQShpyCW4#)

Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels though took the song to where it truly belonged in 1966:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEGS-pAEvCA# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEGS-pAEvCA#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 28, 2020, 11:54:54 AM
Baby I Need Your Loving by the Four Tops was released on 10 July 1964 and made it to #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

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

Johnny Rivers' cover was released in 1967 and got to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd1HzEEsJ6g (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd1HzEEsJ6g)

Rivers' version was slower in tempo. Both excellent but I'm giving the nod to Johnny Rivers.

 :)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on February 29, 2020, 02:02:29 PM
He's So Fine by the Chiffons was released in January 1963 and got to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart where it stayed for four weeks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rinz9Avvq6A# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rinz9Avvq6A#)

George Harrison then nicked the tune for his My Sweet Lord track released as a single on 23 November 1970:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP9wms6oEMo# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP9wms6oEMo#)

Harrison protested his innocence but the judge said "Son, you better pay up or else you go to jail."

 ;D

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on February 29, 2020, 02:20:39 PM
Harrison was my least favorite Beatle. All that Hare Krishna sitar crap bored me stiff.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 02, 2020, 12:09:23 PM
The song "Money (That's What I Want)" was written by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford and was the hit that launched the Tamla (Motown) label. The single by Barrett Strong was released in August 1959 and made it to #23 on the Billboard Hot 100:

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

A cover by the Beatles was released in November 1963 on their U.K. LP With the Beatles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeWjEYhk7Xo# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeWjEYhk7Xo#)

A cover by the Rolling Stones was released 10 January 1964 on their self-titled EP:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT6oFiR9UrQ# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT6oFiR9UrQ#)

A cover by the Flying Lizards was released in July 1979 and became a surprise hit reaching #5 on the U.K. charts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-P2qL3qkzk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-P2qL3qkzk)

All the above versions are very good. Take your pick!

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Doh! on March 03, 2020, 01:46:21 AM
One more: John Belushi on the Animal House soundtrack:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiL0p9FEJ48 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiL0p9FEJ48)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 03, 2020, 12:16:22 PM
See See Rider was first recorded by Gertrude "Ma" Rainey on 16 October 1924:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOTTYTGv22k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOTTYTGv22k)

A take recorded by Wee Bea Booze in 1943 made it to #1 on Billboard's "Harlem Hit Parade":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBC2C-nB738 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBC2C-nB738)

Here's Lightnin' Hopkins take from 1959:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs5tKMFeSqY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bs5tKMFeSqY)

But it wasn't until this uptempo version entitled C.C. Rider by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels was released in late 1965 that the song came into its own:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9eWGdJIW74 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9eWGdJIW74)

An even better cover by the Animals was released in 1966:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7Qgs8H4DxM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7Qgs8H4DxM)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 04, 2020, 12:39:08 PM
Solomon Burke was one of the R&B artists that the Stones liked to cover.

Cry to Me by Solomon Burke was released in 1962:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEu8DrO9PbY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEu8DrO9PbY)

A cover by the Rolling Stones was included on their Out of Our Heads LP released 30 July 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auOLK9mhirI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auOLK9mhirI)

If You Need Me by Solomon Burke was released in April 1963:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP-RLZwLp7E (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP-RLZwLp7E)

A cover by the Rolling Stones was included on their Five by Five EP released 14 August 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9skBxixuFw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9skBxixuFw)

Everybody Needs Somebody to Love by Solomon Burke was released in February 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OKAlBC-XWQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OKAlBC-XWQ)

A cover by the Rolling Stones was included on their The Rolling Stones, Now! LP released 13 February 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QAnz_2FGDA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QAnz_2FGDA)

Here's a very cool live performance:

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

I really like them all!

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 05, 2020, 02:02:01 PM
A Taste of Honey was an instrumental track written by Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow for the 1960 Broadway version of the play of the same name:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQwFER_6y6A (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQwFER_6y6A)

Lenny Welch had a hit with a vocal version in 1962:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4glzb5lVnzA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4glzb5lVnzA)

The Beatles included an excellent cover on their U.K. LP Please Please Me which was released on 22 March 1963:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkQ1eOcl5ug (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkQ1eOcl5ug)

Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass made it a major hit again with their excellent instrumental version released in August 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC38-qqiVgg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC38-qqiVgg)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 06, 2020, 12:44:54 PM
Make Me Your Baby by Barbara Lewis was released in September 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4FnXBhapqo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4FnXBhapqo)

A disco influenced cover by Canadienne chanteuse Suzanne Stevens was released in late 1975 and did quite well in Canada:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0AGHpp8NeI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0AGHpp8NeI)

While Barbara Lewis' soulful singing was definitely better on the original, I prefer the instrumental arrangement on Stevens' cover.

 :-\
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 07, 2020, 02:30:17 PM
Sookie Sookie by Don Covay & the Goodtimers was released in January 1966:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuyEtNaX684 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuyEtNaX684)

An acid rock tinged version by Steppenwolf was released as a single in February 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmLrl0bN9Aw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmLrl0bN9Aw)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on March 07, 2020, 03:26:47 PM
 I was always a fan of that Steppenwolf single. They were the very first band i ever saw live (at age 13). I remember the opening acts being 3 Dog Night and the Grass Roots. As a kid, i always thought their singer, John Kay, was blind (since i had never seen him without sunglasses).
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 08, 2020, 10:20:09 PM
George Gershwin wrote the aria Summertime in 1934 for the opera Porgy and Bess which hit the stage in 1935.

The song was finally given justice and brought to full flower by Big Brother & the Holding Company on the LP Cheap Thrills released on 12 August 1968:

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A24JZkgvNv4[/url] ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A24JZkgvNv4[/url])


I was very wrong about Big Brother & the Holding Company being the first to do the song justice. Billy Stewart's take from 1966 was the best:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTVQ4czdUn0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTVQ4czdUn0)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 09, 2020, 12:28:56 PM
The rockabilly number I'm Gonna Love You Too by Buddy Holly was released 12 September 1957:

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

A cover by Blondie was released as a single in September 1978:

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

Both excellent!

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 10, 2020, 12:58:09 PM
Down Home Girl was first recorded by Alvin Robinson. His version was released in August 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omnkh2OTtAk# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omnkh2OTtAk#)

The Rolling Stones included a great cover on their The Rolling Stones, Now LP which was released in February 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utFa1cidLcg# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utFa1cidLcg#)

The Stones' version stripped out the jazz element from the original and gave it a funkier, bluesier flavour.

The Rainbow Girls' recorded a really excellent cover that was released on 22 February 2019:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de4bBIBrabw# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de4bBIBrabw#)

The Rainbow Girls added more country twang to the song!

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 11, 2020, 11:43:54 AM
If I Had a Hammer was written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays in 1949 and the performed it publicly for the first time on 3 June 1949 at St. Nicholas Arena in New York City during a testimonial dinner for the leaders of the Communist Party of the United States!!!  :o

Here's the recording released in 1950 by the Weavers the singing group to which Seeger and Hays belonged:

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

They were somewhat better as musicians than political economists but that's not saying much.

The cover by Peter, Paul and Mary released in 1962 was a lot better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxWTDcP9Y5E (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxWTDcP9Y5E)

Trini Lopez did it best though with this cover released in 1963 that got to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp1z8EzZ5Hs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp1z8EzZ5Hs)

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 12, 2020, 01:52:02 PM
Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry was released in May 1956:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOrMg3pY7hw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOrMg3pY7hw)

It was then covered by the Beatles and released on their With the Beatles LP on 22 November 1963:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz5jXwOXgKQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz5jXwOXgKQ)

I'm not entirely sure that the Beatles' cover was superior, but they certainly did it well.

 :-\
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on March 12, 2020, 02:09:06 PM
Both were good, Chuck's was better (imo).
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 15, 2020, 09:34:39 PM
The first release of Fever was the one by Little Willie John in May 1956:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jug9ff2BJYA# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jug9ff2BJYA#)

A very decent rendition, it topped the Billboard R&B chart and peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A cover by Peggy Lee was released in June 1958:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0HsmpmFmNw# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0HsmpmFmNw#)

Though it peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, I find it unlistenable (and Peggy Lee unwatchable).

The McCoys cover released in 1965 got to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the one I like the most:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeIEzq5yD6E&t=21s# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeIEzq5yD6E&t=21s#)

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on March 19, 2020, 02:02:44 PM
White Wedding     Murder Dolls totally crushes Billy Idols original   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8d-Kx4S9OE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8d-Kx4S9OE)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 19, 2020, 08:21:38 PM
If I Were a Carpenter by Bobby Darin got to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btWobQsGcS4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btWobQsGcS4)

The cover by the Four Tops in 1968 got to only #20 but I think it's better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXX36b_mlMo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXX36b_mlMo)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 21, 2020, 12:49:59 PM
Me and the Devil Blues by Robert Johnson was a typical Delta blues tune and was released in 1938:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MCHI23FTP8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MCHI23FTP8)

While the track has been covered by many and varied artists including the Doors, Peter Green Splinter Group, Eric Clapton and the Cowboy Junkies, the first version that made me sit up and take notice was this one by Gil Scott-Heron that was included on his I'm New Here album released 8 February 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OET8SVAGELA# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OET8SVAGELA#)

:)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 22, 2020, 09:20:27 PM
Whiskey in the Jar is a traditional Irish song of unknown origin.

Here's the version by the Highwaymen released in 1962:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJgsCO_qK9o# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJgsCO_qK9o#)

It was also the signature piece of the Dubliners throughout the 1960's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlWTASnnft4# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlWTASnnft4#)

Thin Lizzy's take released on 3 November 1972 was a quantum leap better than previous versions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyQ-tScuzwM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyQ-tScuzwM#)

Metallica did it better again with this version released on 1 February 1999:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsrvmNtWU4E# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsrvmNtWU4E#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Memphremagog on March 23, 2020, 10:51:59 AM
September Gurls by Big Star originated the song..

http://youtu.be/BNKSs1J38EA (http://youtu.be/BNKSs1J38EA)

but it was the Bangles who truly nailed it

http://youtu.be/PvJiMfhKbp0 (http://youtu.be/PvJiMfhKbp0)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Memphremagog on March 23, 2020, 11:10:41 AM
Temptation Eyes by the Grass Roots

http://youtu.be/MG6I76F1HTI (http://youtu.be/MG6I76F1HTI)

and the cover by the Blake Babies

http://youtu.be/H9qXi9Hb8sY (http://youtu.be/H9qXi9Hb8sY)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on March 23, 2020, 03:30:19 PM
Paint it Black- Totally CRUSHES The Stones....... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03mUI9LaaIg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03mUI9LaaIg)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 23, 2020, 09:25:01 PM
Paint it Black- Totally CRUSHES The Stones.......


I disagree. I don't think the changes and additional elements they've added to the Stones' classic constitute an improvement.

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

 ???
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 24, 2020, 11:28:55 PM
Walk Away Renee was released in July 1966 and got to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uqBTzfcIk4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uqBTzfcIk4)

A cover by the Four Tops was released on 18 January 1968 and got to #14 in the States, #3 in the United Kingdom and #2 in Canada:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu5ynjOlnOg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu5ynjOlnOg)

They're both excellent but I might choose the cover by the Four Tops if you backed me into a corner.

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 26, 2020, 09:10:58 PM
The Rolling Stones covered several of Chuck Berry's numbers. Two of the best of these covers by the Stones appeared on their live LP Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

Carol by Chuck Berry was released in August 1958:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MC9CRL1cX4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MC9CRL1cX4)

Little Queenie by Chuck Berry was released in 1959:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-b0BtCSUXM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-b0BtCSUXM)

Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! was released on 4 September 1970:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2sTmWr7ISY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2sTmWr7ISY)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRCq1VhhSac (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRCq1VhhSac)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 29, 2020, 12:26:29 AM
Here the Kinks covered their own tune and absolutely destroyed their original version!

The initial version of I'm Not Like Everybody Else was released on 3 June 1966 as the flip side of the Sunny Afternoon single:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmb7TU0OrOI# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmb7TU0OrOI#)

A live version was included on the Kinks' live LP  To the Bone that was released in the U.S.A. in 1996:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9vZL-xE4CQ# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9vZL-xE4CQ#)

The live version is just far more intense!

 8)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 30, 2020, 10:27:56 PM
Anyone Who Had a Heart by Dionne Warwick by Dionne Warwick was released in November 1963:

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

A very similar though somewhat screechy cover by Cilla Black was released 31 January 1964 and was a #1 hit sensation for three weeks in a row in the United Kingdom:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUxn6JLwdDY# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUxn6JLwdDY#)

Another very similar cover by Atomic Kitten was released in 2008:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXgD-Psu4pc# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXgD-Psu4pc#)

They clearly didn't have a clue though as to live delivery of the song. I mean smiling and wiggling when they were supposed to be pouring their hearts out? Whoever coached them on delivery should have been flogged. Well they were pretty anyway....

 :-\
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on March 31, 2020, 02:16:25 PM
 I love this thread, Hep. The evolution of classic songs makes for very interesting variants. Well done!
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on March 31, 2020, 05:58:59 PM
It's Wicked Lester though that deserves the bulk of the credit since he started this thread.

 :)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 01, 2020, 09:14:53 PM
Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon by Neil Diamond was released in March 1967 and got to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGvMjgLXBi0# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGvMjgLXBi0#)

A cover by Urge Overkill was contained on their Stull EP released in 1994:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fr1iyhkyVs# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fr1iyhkyVs#)

Urge Overkill's version gained considerable notoriety when it was included in the Pulp Fiction movie from 1994.

I really like them both.

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 02, 2020, 10:24:36 PM
Let It All Hang Out by the Hombres was released in 1967:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRIr1PPz2uM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRIr1PPz2uM)

A cover was included on John Cougar Mellencamp's LP Big Daddy released on 9 May 1989:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP3OJUk001k (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP3OJUk001k)

I don't think that Mellencamp's cover was musically superior, but the promo video for the track was a cut above.

 ;)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 03, 2020, 09:25:23 PM
Doing research for this thread I learned that this great tune was released way back in 1956!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DbyAdxp4DQ# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DbyAdxp4DQ#)

Wow! Mickey and Sylvia's delivery was smoking hot! Nor has it ever been topped. Here though is a video with enhanced audio:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5p9fpGxv48# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5p9fpGxv48#)

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 04, 2020, 09:28:04 PM
The first recording of Twist and Shout was by the Top Notes and was released in 1961:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsDpc-8iR8g# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsDpc-8iR8g#)

A cover by the Isley Brothers that was released on 16 June 1962 was much superior and got to #17 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZx-yoYb4aM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZx-yoYb4aM#)

A cover by the Beatles was included on their U.K. Please Please Me LP that was released on 22 March 1963:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RicaUqd9Hg# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RicaUqd9Hg#)

The Beatles' version was even better than that of the Isley Brothers. Not surprising. The Beatles were a pretty good band indeed.

 ;)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on April 05, 2020, 05:27:56 PM
I disagree. I don't think the changes and additional elements they've added to the Stones' classic constitute an improvement.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wCUlPNlQuA[/url] ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wCUlPNlQuA[/url])

 ???


YMMV. I still say this is the better version and ALL done by one guy. I understand if you are a purist though.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on April 05, 2020, 05:29:25 PM
Sultans of Swing Cover by Leo 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0RV0kgdqJU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0RV0kgdqJU)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on April 05, 2020, 10:42:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WekfTZpX8Mk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WekfTZpX8Mk)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Wicked Lester on April 06, 2020, 04:51:22 AM
Chicago vs OZZY!   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90rhdKzLVfE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90rhdKzLVfE)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 06, 2020, 10:00:13 PM
Moon River was composed by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer for Audrey Hepburn to sing in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany's. As such the track won an Academy Award for "Best Original Song". It was also released as a single in October 1961 and won the 1962 Grammy Awards for "Record of the Year" and "Song of the Year":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEdPe1SxitI# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEdPe1SxitI#)

The Henri Mancini's Orchestra's version reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 late in 1961:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV25eE0TH-Q# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV25eE0TH-Q#)

Jerry Butler's cover also got to #11 late in 1961:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NN_o59jiZw# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NN_o59jiZw#)

A cover by Andy Williams was included on his 1962 LP Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes which reached #3 on the album charts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK4pmJQ6zgM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK4pmJQ6zgM#)

None of these versions exactly rocked of course. But check out the live version Jeff Beck rendered with Eric Clapton's assistance in Toronto in 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BanCoA9VDI0# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BanCoA9VDI0#)

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 08, 2020, 09:45:37 PM
With a Little Help from My Friends was a track included on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP released on 26 May 1967:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C58ttB2-Qg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C58ttB2-Qg)

A cover by Joe Cocker was released in October 1968 and went in an entirely different direction than the original:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXV4WyQMHFM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXV4WyQMHFM)

 8)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 10, 2020, 10:17:56 PM
Another Saturday Night by Sam Cooke was released on 2 April 1963 and reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard's R&B chart:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O8m0mMDpHw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O8m0mMDpHw)

A cover by Cat Stevens was released in July 1974 and reached #6 on the Billboard hot 100:

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

I liked the Cat Stevens' cover back in the 1970's but now I much prefer Sam Cooke's original.

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mike Scott on April 10, 2020, 11:43:42 PM
Another Saturday Night by Sam Cooke

Man! Somebody put a lot of effort in illus. those lyrics!
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 11, 2020, 10:36:50 PM
Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King was released in 1967:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Py37G9qsfY# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Py37G9qsfY#)

A cover by the Cream was included on their Wheels of Fire LP released on 9 August 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1pzXJuvdAY# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1pzXJuvdAY#)

Interesting that I used to prefer the Cream's version, but I now like Albert King's original better.

 :-\
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 14, 2020, 10:18:53 PM
I Am the Walrus by the Beatles was released on 24 November 1967:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1Jm5epJr10 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1Jm5epJr10)

A cover by Spooky Tooth which I like better was contained on the LP The Last Puff which was released in July 1970:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6lUiphOTVY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6lUiphOTVY)

I prefer Spooky Tooth's version because the original by the Beatles was somewhat overblown and even bombastic.

 8)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 17, 2020, 10:11:18 PM
So Long, Marianne by Leonard Cohen was a track on the Songs of Leonard Cohen LP that was released on 27 December 1967:

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

A really good equally plaintiff cover by Brian Hyland was released in 1971:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh-JIvL0QC8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh-JIvL0QC8)

 8)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on April 17, 2020, 10:27:23 PM
Great song! As  Canadian, you should be very proud of Cohen. He is a national icon.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 18, 2020, 04:19:11 PM
I agree! It's incredible how many really great tracks he released given how few were his LPs. Here are a few more of my favourites:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teBgI-I9WEA# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teBgI-I9WEA#)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU-RuR-qO4Y# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU-RuR-qO4Y#)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttEMYvpoR-k# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttEMYvpoR-k#)

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

He's also reputed to have been a master stickman. It seems that half the women in Montréal like to brag that they were once Leonard Cohen's girlfriend.

 ;)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Mord on April 18, 2020, 09:02:04 PM

He's also reputed to be a master stickman. It seems that half the women in Montréal like to brag that they were once Leonard Cohen's girlfriend.

 ;)

Oh, at first I thought you meant he was a drummer. Ha, ha how najve of me. I guess that's why Scarlett Johansson did his video. Another song of his that I love is "Everybody Knows". They used it to great effect in the movie "Exotica". One of the very best.
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 19, 2020, 09:42:14 PM
Mony Mony by Tommy James and the Shondells was released in March 1968 and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_OoEx9WOl8# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_OoEx9WOl8#)

A cover by Billy Idol was released in 1981 and got to #7 on the Billboard Hot 100:

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

Idol then released a live version on 2 October 1987. This became a huge hit and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYYAv-QW38Q# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYYAv-QW38Q#)

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 21, 2020, 10:05:12 PM
Please Mr. Postman by the Marvelettes was released on 21 August 1961 and became the first Motown release to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=425GpjTSlS4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=425GpjTSlS4)

A cover by the Beatles was released on 22 November 1963:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWj7EcjiI-M (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWj7EcjiI-M)

The Beatles were a really good band in 1963 and I've always preferred their version.

 8)





Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 22, 2020, 08:50:17 PM
Oh, at first I thought you meant he was a drummer. Ha, ha how najve of me. I guess that's why Scarlett Johansson did his video.

Maybe I should have said swordsman.

 ;)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 22, 2020, 09:07:19 PM
Ballads are apparently relatively easy to write. Accordingly Tell Me was one of the very earliest compositions of the songwriting team of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Stones' recording made its initial appearance on their self-titled debut LP  on 16 April 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLVk0XgmjMU# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLVk0XgmjMU#)

A cover was released by the Termites as a single in the U.K. in 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUrSAF3Ypj4# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUrSAF3Ypj4#)

A cover by the Dead Boys was included on their LP We Have Come for Your Children which was released in June 1978:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M763WuRixhw# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M763WuRixhw#)

I'm not entirely convinced though that either the Termites or the Dead Boys topped the Rolling Stones' original.

 ;)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 24, 2020, 03:19:35 PM
I Idolize You by Ike & Tina Turner was released in November 1960:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbcXTP7MNbs# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbcXTP7MNbs#)

Now we all know that Ike & Tina Turner could rock. But check out this version by the Fabulous Wailers featuring Little Gail Harris from 1962:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzHP71oryMo# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzHP71oryMo#)

Wow!

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 26, 2020, 09:39:19 PM
Season of the Witch by Donovan was included on his Sunshine Superman LP that was released on 25 September 1966:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU35oCHGhJ0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU35oCHGhJ0)

Vanilla Fudge then took the track into uncharted ethereal territory with a cover found on their Renaissance LP released on 14 June 1968:

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

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on April 30, 2020, 09:13:36 PM
Fleetwood Mac's electrifying recording of Peter Green's Black Magic Woman was released on 29 March 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbKREkuDh3s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbKREkuDh3s)

Santana's cover was released in 1970:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyQUCYl-ocs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyQUCYl-ocs)

While not as striking, Santana's cover may be smoother and more melodic. Take your pick.

 :-\
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on May 05, 2020, 10:29:23 PM
Torch singer Big Mama Thornton wrote and released Ball and Chain in 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jXM1OEP5os# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jXM1OEP5os#)

It was Big Brother & the Holding Company though who took the song into the stratosphere with their live renditions. This one recorded on 8 March 1968 at the Fillmore West was included in their Cheap Thrills LP released on 12 August 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrF_nM9pknU# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrF_nM9pknU#)

But this one from 16 August 1968 may be the best, at least technically:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCB2eDF3jBM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCB2eDF3jBM#)

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on May 07, 2020, 10:06:46 PM
My Back Pages was included on the LP Another Side of Bob Dylan that was released on 8 August 1964. It was a recording only a hardcore Bob Dylan fan could love:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92cF_KCH7TU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92cF_KCH7TU)

A cover by the Byrds was included on their Younger Than Yesterday LP which was released on 6 February 1967:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h80l4XIPJC4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h80l4XIPJC4)

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on May 10, 2020, 09:26:47 PM
Long Tall Sally by Little Richard was released in March 1956:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFFgbc5Vcbw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFFgbc5Vcbw)

A cover by the Beatles was released on an EP with the same title on 19 June 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c31X4muVRms (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c31X4muVRms)

I might like the Beatles' cover "better" but neither is really to my taste.

 :-\
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on May 14, 2020, 07:49:54 PM
Good Golly, Miss Molly by Little Richard was released in January 1958 and reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100:

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

An equally frantic cover by Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels was released in 1966 as part of a medley with Devil With a Blue Dress On and also reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMPDA7L2lCc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMPDA7L2lCc)

Both sensational!

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on May 19, 2020, 10:37:05 PM
Silhouettes by the Rays was released in 1957 and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6uq49ueugg# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6uq49ueugg#)

A cover by Herman's Hermits was released in 1965. It reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 in the United Kingdom and #1 in Canada:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S7PLeFycqU# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S7PLeFycqU#)

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on May 21, 2020, 11:03:49 PM
After they first got going in early 1964, the tandem of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards quickly became prolific songwriters and were soon penning tunes for other artists. One of the very first was As Tears Go By for Marianne Faithfull which was released in June 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_phZZgkT1Jk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_phZZgkT1Jk)

The Rolling Stones themselves released a cover on 18 December 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1VD59WV4eA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1VD59WV4eA)

I think the Stones' version was better because the song was actually Marianne Faithfull's first recording as a seventeen year old and she couldn't sing or emote worth a damn at the time.

 :-\
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on May 29, 2020, 09:37:44 AM
People Get Ready by the Impressions reached #14 on the Billboard charts after being released in 1965:

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

I hated it both then and now.

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

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


Another very good cover of People Get Ready was done by the Chambers Brothers in 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c31H0gvlyU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c31H0gvlyU)

 8)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on May 31, 2020, 10:39:13 PM
This Wheel's on Fire by the Band was included on their Music from the Big Pink LP that was released on 1 July 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mlzUHxNMV8# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mlzUHxNMV8#)

A cover by Julie Driscoll with Brian Augur and the Trinity was released later in 1968 and reached #5 on the U.K. hit chart:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciDWDJ1x4TU# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciDWDJ1x4TU#)

A really good cover by the Byrds was included on their Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde LP released on 5 March 1969:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZGngEqg0Qg# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZGngEqg0Qg#)

Another great cover by Leslie West was included on his Mountain LP released in July 1969:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IyrJ_6jVTM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IyrJ_6jVTM#)

I like every one of the covers more than the Band's version.

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on June 06, 2020, 10:17:43 PM
I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Gladys Knight & the Pips was released in September 1967 and got to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWvwP72FuVg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWvwP72FuVg)

A cover by Marvin Gaye was released on 30 October 1968 and became his signature hit spending seven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPnZZTVp_2A (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPnZZTVp_2A)

A fabulous cover by Creedence Clearwater Revival was included on their Cosmo's Factory LP released on 16 July 1970:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXJQOWsp6f4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXJQOWsp6f4)

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on June 08, 2020, 09:32:22 AM
Another absolutely terrific cover of I Heard It Through the Grapevine was one by the California Raisins with Buddy Miles on vocals:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_B9SHKlabQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_B9SHKlabQ)

While its origins were as an advertising jingle for a 1986 Sun-Maid Raisins commercial, the recording proved so popular that it was released as a single and reached #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988.

 8)

Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on June 11, 2020, 09:08:37 PM
Devil in His Heart by the Donays was released in 1962:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRAGi8lXFmk# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRAGi8lXFmk#)

A cover entitled Devil in Her Heart by the Beatles was released 22 November 1963:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGe-jfFrxCk# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGe-jfFrxCk#)

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on June 16, 2020, 09:53:26 PM
Crimson and Clover by Tommy James & the Shondells was released in November 1968 reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and becoming the Shondells' best selling single:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpGEeneO-t0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpGEeneO-t0)

A really good cover was also released by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in April 1982:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTfHhNg1iII (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTfHhNg1iII)

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on July 15, 2020, 10:12:42 PM
Tobacco Road by John D. Loudermilk was released in 1960:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kXpobQhnQA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kXpobQhnQA)

An excellent cover by the Nashville Teens was released on 26 June 1964 and reached #6 in the United Kingdom and #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1DKA8S8XW8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1DKA8S8XW8)

 8)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on July 15, 2020, 10:29:17 PM
Sugar on Sunday by Tommy James & the Shondells was included on their Crimson and Clover LP released in December 1968:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rTVMHy5c9Q# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rTVMHy5c9Q#)

An excellent cover by the Clique was released in 1969 as a single which got to #22 on the Billboard Hot 100:

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

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: geezer butler on July 16, 2020, 01:15:38 AM
Crimson and Clover by Tommy James & the Shondells was released in November 1968 reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and becoming the Shondells' best selling single:

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpGEeneO-t0[/url] ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpGEeneO-t0[/url])

A really good cover was also released by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in April 1982:

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTfHhNg1iII[/url] ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTfHhNg1iII[/url])

 :)

Great song
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on July 17, 2020, 10:31:01 PM
(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 by the Nat King Cole Trio was released in 1946:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCYApJtsyd0# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCYApJtsyd0#)

A cover by Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters was released later in 1946 and got to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 later in 1946:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk41aYJzimM# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk41aYJzimM#)

A cover by Perry Como was included on his Como Swings LP released in 1959:

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

All horrible swing renditions in my opinion.

A much better version by Chuck Berry was released in 1961:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg2EbJy-9dc# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg2EbJy-9dc#)

An excellent cover by the Rolling Stones was included on their self-titled debut LP which was released on 16 April 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q131ZJ6YkG0# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q131ZJ6YkG0#)

Another excellent cover by Them was included on their The Angry Young Them LP which was released on 11 June 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5OnXil3GLY# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5OnXil3GLY#)

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on July 18, 2020, 10:14:51 PM
I'm Movin' On by Hank Snow was released in May 1950:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHDrphJ2Yco# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHDrphJ2Yco#)

It was a huge hit getting to #1 on the Billboard Country chart and staying there for 21 weeks.

A cover by Ray Charles was released in 1959:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzK3zE5z1_o# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzK3zE5z1_o#)

A cover by the Rolling Stones was recorded on the Joe Loss Pop radio show on 10 April 1964:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTN8nmTz7zw# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTN8nmTz7zw#)

Another live rendition of I'm Moving On by the Stones was included on their Got Live if You Want It! EP which was released on 11 June 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0NQNmNC9Uc# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0NQNmNC9Uc#)

A perhaps slightly remastered version of the above track was then also included on their December's Children LP which was released on 4 December 1965.

I much prefer the Stones' renditions. It's not even close.

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on July 19, 2020, 10:21:08 PM
Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan was released on 30 August 1965:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hr3Stnk8_k# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hr3Stnk8_k#)

Much critically acclaimed, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song as #373 in their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2004.

It was Johnny Winter though who took the track into the stratosphere with this cover included in his Second Winter LP released on 27 October 1969:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUXhoIf1eQU# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUXhoIf1eQU#)

It became one Johnny Winter's signature pieces and could even be termed career defining.

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on July 20, 2020, 09:26:43 PM
Will You Love Me Tomorrow? by the Shirelles was released in November 1960 and became a huge hit getting to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100:

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

The song was covered by numerous artists over the ensuing decades but none of the versions even came close to the original until a bilingual one by Leslie Grace was released in 2012:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAU8lGsu-q8# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAU8lGsu-q8#)

Grace's version got to #1 on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart as well as #1 on the Latin Airplay chart. At the age of seventeen she became the youngest female artist to accomplish the feat.

 :)
Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on July 26, 2020, 12:23:10 AM
Anyone Who Had a Heart by Dionne Warwick was released in November 1963 and reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMsiGMKHJ8k# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMsiGMKHJ8k#)

Warwick's recording didn't do as well in the United Kingdom though where it stalled at #42 on the hit chart. This was largely because a cover by Cilla Black that was released on 31 January 1964 proved much more popular. Black's version not only reached #1 in the U.K. but ended up as the fourth best selling single of 1964 as well as the top U.K. chart hit by a female vocalist in the 1960's:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUxn6JLwdDY# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUxn6JLwdDY#)

Atomic Kitten released a cover in 2008 which wasn't actually any better than the aforementioned versions but hey, the visuals are dandy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXgD-Psu4pc# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXgD-Psu4pc#)

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Title: Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
Post by: Hepcat on September 13, 2020, 12:52:11 AM
La Bamba by Richie Valens was released on 18 October 1958:

https://youtu.be/Jp6j5HJ-Cok

It reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

A cover recorded by Los Lobos for the movie La Bamba was released on 20 June 1987 and was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three straight weeks that summer:

https://youtu.be/nLAWPrCUQQ0

The cover by Los Lobos was basically an exact copy of Ritchie Valens' original release.

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