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Re: "Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #50 on: April 09, 2019, 09:01:45 am »
I thought "Suzie Q" must mean Suzie Quattro and you were trying to get five different musicians/bands in two sentences.
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Re: "Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #51 on: April 09, 2019, 09:24:00 am »
checked, and the song George referred to was 'Proud Mary"

Aha! I was struggling to remember Tina Turner's version of Suzy Q and I guess that would be why.

Proud Mary has more recently been hijacked by Glee and has become a staple on the likes of X-factor, but they always do Tina Turner's version. I've always thought it must be some consolation for Fogerty & co to at least get to sit there raking in the royalties... damn.

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« Reply #52 on: April 09, 2019, 10:14:21 am »
Talking of Tina Turner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgDAbhtyr6w

RIP TJW.

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« Reply #53 on: April 10, 2019, 03:24:14 pm »
I imagine also that many people are unaware that this by Harry Nilsson:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AzEY6ZqkuE is a cover of the far superior Fred Neil original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBAOjKBLpqo
I once read some where that Harry Nilsson hated the fact that he was best known for two songs which weren't his own,Everybody's talkin' and Without you.

Listening to Absolute Radio a while back and the DJ said "What a Song writer" Mick Hucknall is after playing "Money's too tight to mention" which is actually a cover from a  Valentine Brothers(who??) song from 1982.

Dead Kennedys also did a version of I fought the Law with changed lyrics.

Natalie Imbruglias version of "Torn" was actually a cover of a cover...very embarrassing for her when she was talking about "writing" it on live TV when it was pointed out it was a cover of a Danish original!

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« Reply #54 on: April 10, 2019, 03:32:01 pm »
checked, and the song George referred to was 'Proud Mary"

Aha! I was struggling to remember Tina Turner's version of Suzy Q and I guess that would be why.

Proud Mary has more recently been hijacked by Glee and has become a staple on the likes of X-factor, but they always do Tina Turner's version. I've always thought it must be some consolation for Fogerty & co to at least get to sit there raking in the royalties... damn.

Ike and Tina were more familiar with the Solomon Burke Cover.

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According to Burke in a 2002 interview: "I was in Vegas for sixteen weeks at the Sands Hotel. I missed this record being a hit, because we weren't there to promote the record, we had no backing. The greatest thing I ever did was tell Ike Turner, "Hey man, you should get on this record ... I think you and Tina could tear this thing up."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiJw79k4wGc

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Re: "Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #55 on: April 10, 2019, 04:31:55 pm »
Ike and Tina were more familiar with the Solomon Burke Cover.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiJw79k4wGc

Interesting. I've not heard that one before. Thanks!

Re: "Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #56 on: April 10, 2019, 05:48:32 pm »
Of course, The Jackson 5 did the more famous cover of this.

Re: "Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #57 on: April 10, 2019, 06:12:19 pm »
Ike and Tina were more familiar with the Solomon Burke Cover.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiJw79k4wGc

Interesting. I've not heard that one before. Thanks!

It fulfils my criteria for a cover, as it was on release at the same time as the original, in a different market.  A lot of country songs were recorded by soul artists for the R&B stations.

She Called Me Baby. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xv3uEr9GaLs

Was recorded by Candi Staton as 'He Called me Baby'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txOo9T1jn5Y
That was produced at Muscle Shoals, as was the Solomon Burke, 'Proud Mary'.

I suppose the best-known example is by Dolly Parton. 'I Will Always Love You'. Apparently she wrote that and 'Jolene', on the same day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDqqm_gTPjc

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Re: "Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #58 on: April 11, 2019, 01:16:19 pm »
Dolly's version of "I Will Always Love You" is infinitely superior to Whitney Luxury-Yacht's[1] simply by virtue of not having Whitney Luxury-Yacht on it, but The White Stripes' cover of "Jolene", OTOH.

And yes, it is Jack who sings it.

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« Reply #59 on: April 11, 2019, 01:22:10 pm »
Dolly's Jolene is rather hauntingly excellent when played at 33 1/3 rpm.

Re: "Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #60 on: April 12, 2019, 05:13:24 pm »
I don't know if this really counts, since it was written for Whitney Houston.

This definitely counts.  Some clever bugger has done a mashup of Cher and Michael Bolton giving it beans.

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« Reply #61 on: April 12, 2019, 06:12:49 pm »
Dolly's Jolene is rather hauntingly excellent when played at 33 1/3 rpm.

Oh my. Got a link? ;)


I actually think that both versions of "I will always ..." drag a very annoying performance out of both singers, who have each recorded some great stuff. :( Hey ho.
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Re: "Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #62 on: April 12, 2019, 06:27:39 pm »
Audacity has a built-in function to allow you to change the speed from 45 to 33 1/3 and vice-versa.  Very useful when I discovered that every CD version of Inner City Unit's "Human Beings" is at the wrong speed ;D.
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Re: "Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #63 on: April 12, 2019, 06:29:51 pm »
Dolly's Jolene is rather hauntingly excellent when played at 33 1/3 rpm.

I have heard that too. Amazing!
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« Reply #64 on: April 12, 2019, 06:38:55 pm »
"The only way is up" Yazz and the Plastic Population

1980 Otis Clay original.


Re: "Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #65 on: April 12, 2019, 06:56:52 pm »
I didn't realise until recently that Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" is near enough to a cover of "Pastime Paradise" by Stevie Wonder.

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« Reply #66 on: April 12, 2019, 07:16:20 pm »
Dolly's Jolene is rather hauntingly excellent when played at 33 1/3 rpm.

Oh my. Got a link?  ;)
Such are the joys of written communication that, even with the emoji, I'm not sure whether
A) you're taking the piss out of my penchant for posting links to videos,
B) I've missed somewhere in the thread where you have posted the link, or
C) you want the link!
 ;D

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« Reply #67 on: April 12, 2019, 11:43:54 pm »
Dolly's Jolene is rather hauntingly excellent when played at 33 1/3 rpm.

Oh my. Got a link?  ;)
Such are the joys of written communication that, even with the emoji, I'm not sure whether
A) you're taking the piss out of my penchant for posting links to videos,
B) I've missed somewhere in the thread where you have posted the link, or
C) you want the link!
 ;D
Yes, I’ve heard it before but jesus, how it highlights the quality of her voice.

Re: "Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #68 on: April 12, 2019, 11:49:01 pm »
Handbags and Gladrags - Rod Stuart

actually released two years earlier in 1967 by Chris Farlow

https://youtu.be/X3yN0JvG5co

I like this version as much as Rodder's take on it. Mind you I expect their is a generation now who think its a Stereophonic original.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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« Reply #69 on: April 13, 2019, 01:00:00 pm »
Dolly's Jolene is rather hauntingly excellent when played at 33 1/3 rpm.

Oh my. Got a link? ;)


I actually think that both versions of "I will always ..." drag a very annoying performance out of both singers, who have each recorded some great stuff. :( Hey ho.

You're a bit late to the party

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=29267.msg1675529#msg1675529

Sadly the link doesn't seem to work anymore
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« Reply #70 on: April 13, 2019, 03:18:48 pm »
Dolly's Jolene is rather hauntingly excellent when played at 33 1/3 rpm.

Oh my. Got a link?  ;)
Such are the joys of written communication that, even with the emoji, I'm not sure whether
A) you're taking the piss out of my penchant for posting links to videos,
B) I've missed somewhere in the thread where you have posted the link, or
C) you want the link!
 ;D
Just a misunderstanding - I thought YOU had done the experiment (as in, with your own record player)!

Anyway, played it now. Interesting. I think my favourite version is to use the Youtubex1.25-speed option.
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"Original" songs that are actually covers
« Reply #71 on: May 05, 2019, 09:56:43 am »
Now, I was well aware that the Communards version of Don’t Leave Me This Way was a cover, but I thought Thelma Houston’s version was the original. Turns out it was written and first performed by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and their original version is an absolute belter - easily the best of the three:
https://youtu.be/MnIkcB8GObo

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« Reply #72 on: May 05, 2019, 03:12:58 pm »
. Turns out it was written and first performed by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and their original version is an absolute belter - easily the best of the three:


Talking of Teddy Pendergrass, his wasn't the first version of 'Love TKO'.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5pop34HvSA

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« Reply #73 on: May 05, 2019, 04:49:57 pm »
Now, I was well aware that the Communards version of Don’t Leave Me This Way was a cover, but I thought Thelma Houston’s version was the original. Turns out it was written and first performed by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and their original version is an absolute belter - easily the best of the three:
https://youtu.be/MnIkcB8GObo
The Tom Moulton extended mix is also excellent:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5hcvAfK00s

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« Reply #74 on: May 29, 2019, 11:35:11 pm »
An Austrian song, better known in a version by an Icelander.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zmhvJpTELc