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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #30 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:



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.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #31 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:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #32 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!



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #33 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:



And now here's Linda Ronstadt:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #34 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

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #35 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



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



Valentinos - It's All Over Now



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!"



Irma Thomas - Time Is on My Side



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



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #36 on: December 26, 2019, 12:19:06 PM »
Very interesting. I like Bobby Womacks comments.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #37 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:



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



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #38 on: December 27, 2019, 12:24:38 AM »
Your "Bob & Earl" video was removed, so I replace it with a different one.
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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #39 on: December 27, 2019, 01:02:42 PM »
Thank you!

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



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:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #40 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.
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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #41 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:



Yvonne Elliman covered the song in 1977:



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.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #42 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



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:



Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Some Velvet Morning



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:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #43 on: January 02, 2020, 02:34:27 PM »
Great song


However. This version is much better. Stanley/Simmons


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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #44 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.



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



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



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