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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #75 on: January 31, 2020, 12:26:41 PM »
...but like Elton John's even moreso:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joxyFDmh_LY


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:





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





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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #76 on: February 01, 2020, 02:06:21 PM »
Denise, Denise from 1961 by Randy & the Rainbows was good:



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



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



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #77 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:



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



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

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #78 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.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #79 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:



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



It rocketed to #1 on the charts.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #80 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.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #81 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:



Here it is that same year by the Limeliters :



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



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #82 on: February 05, 2020, 02:08:52 AM »
Hepcat, how could you omit the BEST version of Mr. Tambourine Man??


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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #83 on: February 05, 2020, 12:50:54 PM »
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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #84 on: February 05, 2020, 01:12:55 PM »
Hepcat, how could you omit the BEST version of Mr. Tambourine Man??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0hTtsqiFCc#


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!

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #85 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:



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



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #86 on: February 07, 2020, 02:27:12 PM »
 Great song, great cover.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #87 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:




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/

Interesting stuff pops up there.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #88 on: February 12, 2020, 03:06:40 PM »
Jock-O-Mo by Sugar Boy Crawford and his Cane Cutters was released in 1953:

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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:

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



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:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #89 on: February 12, 2020, 03:26:46 PM »
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