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Redlight

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Great cover versions
« on: January 30, 2010, 09:18:55 am »
I was putting together a little compilation cd for the car last night and found myself adding in several cover versions - i.e.  examples of an artist who normally composes his/her/their own material recording a song written or made famous by another artist.  In fact the cd ended up entirely made up of covers.

So, what are your 'best' covers? I'm thinking of versions that take the original to a new level rather than just being copies.  Here's a few that ended up on my CD.

Summer Breeze (Seals and Croft) by the Isley Brothers
This Flight Tonight (Joni MItchell) by Nazareth
Walk on By (Dionne Warwick) by Isaac Hayes
I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor) by Cake
God's Song (Randy Newman) by John Martyn

Yours?
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010, 09:22:41 am »
Leader of the Pack by Julian Clary
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010, 10:13:28 am »
"Born To Run" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
"Live And Let Die" by Guns 'N' Roses
"I Will Survive" by Snuff
"Hazy Shade Of Winter" by Snuff
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Woofage

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2010, 10:21:39 am »
At risk of being accused of repeating myself:

"The Witch's Promise" by All About Eve

and

"Song to the Siren" by The Cocteau Twins

But the award for the best goes to:

"All Along the Watchtower" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2010, 10:24:08 am »
Last Christmas - Cascada


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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2010, 11:22:22 am »
I fought the law - The Clash

Wascally Weasel

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2010, 11:30:15 am »
Out of Time - Manic Street Preachers
Dead Flowers - Townes Van Zandt
Sea of Heartbreak - Johhny Cash

clarion

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2010, 11:38:52 am »
But the award for the best goes to:

"All Along the Watchtower" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience

Without question. Reinvented a good song into a great iconic piece of our culture.

Whilst on Jimi, it's worth mentioning:

Gloria

The Star-Spangled Banner

Hey Joe

And, gloriously, the unscheduled cover of Sunshine of Your Love on the Lulu Show, to mark the break-up of Cream, when the Experience completely outplayed Cream's own version.
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2010, 11:50:31 am »
An old hippy speaks.

This Flight Tonight (Joni MItchell) by Nazareth

Noooooo!!!!!!

Can't argue with the Watchtower.

But if we're talking about Joni covers then I would recommend Tina Turner doing "Edith and the Kingpin" off Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters".
Some other good versions on that album, but Corinne Bailey Rae massacres "River".
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2010, 12:25:24 pm »
And, gloriously, the unscheduled cover of Sunshine of Your Love on the Lulu Show, to mark the break-up of Cream, when the Experience completely outplayed Cream's own version.


I was watching this on Guitar Heroes at the Beeb only the other day (recorded on my Myth box). Never seen that clip before :).
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2010, 12:26:29 pm »
"Song to the Siren" by This Mortal Coil?
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clarion

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2010, 12:27:20 pm »
And, gloriously, the unscheduled cover of Sunshine of Your Love on the Lulu Show, to mark the break-up of Cream, when the Experience completely outplayed Cream's own version.


I was watching this on Guitar Heroes at the Beeb only the other day (recorded on my Myth box). Never seen that clip before :).

The kerfuffle of the production staff is a delight (though I have been on the other side of that)
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2010, 12:39:02 pm »
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music.
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2010, 02:12:34 pm »
"Wish You Were Here" - Wyclef Jean
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2010, 03:06:04 pm »
"Song to the Siren" by This Mortal Coil?

Technically, yes, but it was performed by the members of the Cocteau Twins.
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2010, 03:45:32 pm »
Delilah--SAHB.
Next--SAHB

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2010, 03:58:29 pm »
"Wish You Were Here" - Wyclef Jean

I have to disagree ! I wouldn't say its 'Great'

Just bought this months Mojo magazine which includes a cover CD of
Syd Barrett ' The Madcap Laughs ' album

including REM's cover of Dark Globe

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2010, 04:22:18 pm »
Having just checked them both out, The Stranglers "Walk on by" comprehensively sees off Issac Hayes, methinks. Sock it to me, mama!

Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2010, 04:37:23 pm »
Jolene. White Stripes.

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2010, 05:00:18 pm »
Dang! TT beat to the SAHB ones!  :P

Most of the cover versions in my music collection seem to be of the heavy rock flavour, but one I particularly like is the Boston-based band Damone's acoustic take on Iron Maiden's "Wasted Years".

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/76fv0e_IITk&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/76fv0e_IITk&rel=1</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/cOVzXYEU3Bk&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/cOVzXYEU3Bk&rel=1</a>

Other covers that add a certain something (and in some cases, quite a lot!):

There's No Way Out Of Here - Monster Magnet
A Hazy Shade Of Winter - The Bangles
Mony Mony - Billy Idol
Denis - Blondie
Up Around The Bend - Hanoi Rocks   :o ;D
Say Hello Wave Goodbye - David Gray
Baker Street - Foo Fighters
Word Up - Gun  8)
Feelin' Good - Muse
The Green Manalishi - Judas Priest  :o :o
Johnny B. Goode - Judas Priest  :o
Sweets For My Sweet - Magnum
Back In The USA - MC5
Louie, Louie - Motorhead/Robert Plant/The Sonics
Morning Dew - Nazareth/Robert Plant
Higher Ground - Red Hot Chili Peppers
One More Cup Of Coffee - Robert Plant
Darkness, Darkness - Robert Plant
Hey Joe - Robert Plant (I've got two different versions, one on his "Dreamland" album, the other - a demo recorded with the Band Of Joy on his "66 To Timbuktu" compilation)
Song To The Siren - Robert Plant
Ride Like The Wind - Saxon
Jackie - Scott Walker
Take Me To The River - Talking Heads
You Really Got Me - Van Halen
I Don't Need No Doctor - W.A.S.P.  :o
Locomotive Breath - W.A.S.P.  :o :o (actually, I'm pleasantly surprised by this one!  :demon: )
I Thank You - ZZ Top/Bonnie Raitt
Mrs Robinson - The Lemonheads
I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night - Wayne County & The Electric Chairs
Who Do You Love? - George Thorogood & The Destroyers/Juicy Lucy
Mission Impossible Theme - Adam Clayton & LArry Mullen Jr.
Hounds Of Love - Futureheads
My Way - Shane MacGowan  :o ;D
Get It On - Power Station
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Whole Lotta Love - CCS
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon - Urge Overkill
I'm Free - Soup Dragons

There are no prizes for filling in all of the original artists!  ;D
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2010, 05:16:35 pm »
Delilah--SAHB.
Next--SAHB

SAHB's unique take on the Brel classic has been recently added to my local pub's digital jukebox, which along the addition of Budgie's "Breadfan" and Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?", almost makes up for the fact that £2 gets only 7 credits instead of the 10 available on the old CD jukebox.
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2010, 11:37:28 pm »
Suicide is Painless - Maniac Street Preachers

Hotel California - Alabama 3
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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2010, 12:30:19 pm »
Autumn Leaves by Coldcut

Creep by Chrissy Hynde

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2010, 01:05:51 pm »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/mIxZtmBdX2w&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/mIxZtmBdX2w&rel=1</a>

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Re: Great cover versions
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2010, 01:08:51 pm »
To howls of derision:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ncgoQ1T9tGk&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/ncgoQ1T9tGk&rel=1</a>

Loses points for the student-style dancing at the end.
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