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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #120 on: March 19, 2020, 02:02:44 PM »
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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #121 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:



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



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #122 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:



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:



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #123 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:



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



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



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



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #124 on: March 23, 2020, 10:51:59 AM »
September Gurls by Big Star originated the song..



but it was the Bangles who truly nailed it

DARK SHADOWS:

David Collins: "Dead people dont just get up and walk around.."

Sarah Collins: "Sometimes they do."

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #125 on: March 23, 2020, 11:10:41 AM »
Temptation Eyes by the Grass Roots



and the cover by the Blake Babies

DARK SHADOWS:

David Collins: "Dead people dont just get up and walk around.."

Sarah Collins: "Sometimes they do."

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #126 on: March 23, 2020, 03:30:19 PM »
Paint it Black- Totally CRUSHES The Stones.......

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #127 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.



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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #128 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:



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:



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

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #129 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:



Little Queenie by Chuck Berry was released in 1959:



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





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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #130 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:



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



The live version is just far more intense!

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #131 on: March 30, 2020, 10:27:56 PM »
Anyone Who Had a Heart by Dionne Warwick by Dionne Warwick was released in November 1963:



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:



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



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....

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #132 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!
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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #133 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.

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Re: When a cover song is better than the original.
« Reply #134 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:



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



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

I really like them both.

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