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« Thread started on: Jul 25th, 2016, 6:16pm »

Inspired by the "cover versions that suck" thread, what about cover versions that are not only great, but take over from the original and become the definitive version?

Aretha Franklin's version of Respect is one example. She totally owns this song and I far prefer her version over Otis Redding's decent original.

Some other examples where the cover beats the original in my opinion, to the point where the cover is how I hear that song:

Twist and Shout - The Beatles (original by the Top Notes)
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor (original by The Family)
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix (original by Bob Dylan)
Woodstock - CSNY (original by Joni Mitchell)
Superman - REM (original by The Clique)
I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett (original by The Arrows)
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 12:50am »

It`s all over now, Baby Blue - Them (originally from Bob Dylan)
With a little help from my friends - Joe Cocker (originally The Beatles)
Take it or leave it - The Rolling Stones (originally The Searchers)
Pin Ball Wizard - Elton John (originally The Who)
Lucy in the sky with diamonds - Elton John (originally The Beatles)

almost all Dylan covers by the Byrds.
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 03:14am »

Not a big fan of cover versions of music... I prefer the original!... I don't mind so much bands that represent themselves as that group(cover).. But tracks and they sell the music is a little cheap in my opinion.. I hear a few cover tracks played badly specially one from Supertramp on radio and it's appalling!...
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 03:40am »

on Jul 26th, 2016, 03:14am, Noni wrote:
Not a big fan of cover versions of music... I prefer the original!... I don't mind so much bands that represent themselves as that group(cover).. But tracks and they sell the music is a little cheap in my opinion.. I hear a few cover tracks played badly specially one from Supertramp on radio and it's appalling!...


So your saying Blinded By The Light by Manfred Mann is not as good as the Springsteen original?
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« Reply #4 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 05:41am »

on Jul 26th, 2016, 03:40am, Yild4Genesis wrote:
So your saying Blinded By The Light by Manfred Mann is not as good as the Springsteen original?
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and:

Manfred Mann`s Earth Band - Spirits In The Night
Manfred Mann`s Earth Band - For You

like Blinded all from Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 06:33am »

on Jul 25th, 2016, 6:16pm, Dr. John wrote:
Aretha Franklin's version of Respect
Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor (original by The Family)
I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett (original by The Arrows)


I had no idea that these were covers!
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 06:38am »

Dave Edmunds’ version of Smiley Lewis’s “I hear you knocking”. Often covered but (as John Lennon said) Dave’s was the best.

The Flying Lizards’ 1979 cover of the old song “Money”, which had been covered by many bands including the Beatles, but the Flying Lizards' version was the most "original" cover version of any song I can think of.
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« Reply #7 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 06:58am »

'I Heard it Through the Grapevine' - Marvin Gaye (originally by Gladys Knight & the Pips)
'Got to Get You Into My Life' - Earth, Wind & Fire (originally by the Beatles)
'Summer Breeze' - Isley Brothers (originally by Seals & Crofts)
'Work to Do' - The Average White Band (originally by the Isley Brothers)
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« Reply #8 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 07:09am »

on Jul 26th, 2016, 06:33am, Merryman72 wrote:
I had no idea that these were covers!


I thought, that Nothing Compares To You was written by Prince.

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« Reply #9 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 08:43am »

Anti-Nowhere League- Streets of London.
Bauhaus- Telegram Sam
Bauhaus- Ziggy Stardust
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Let The Day Begin
Jack White- Love is Blindness
Johnny Cash- Hurt
River City People- California Dreamin'
Soft Cell- Tainted Love.
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« Reply #10 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 11:57am »

on Jul 26th, 2016, 06:58am, The Cosmic Lawnmower wrote:
'I Heard it Through the Grapevine' - Marvin Gaye (originally by Gladys Knight & the Pips)


Can't believe I forgot about this one. Marvin Gaye's version is the definitive one in my books.
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« Reply #11 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 12:00pm »

on Jul 26th, 2016, 07:09am, slowdancer wrote:
I thought, that Nothing Compares To You was written by Prince.

rolleyes


It was and it was first released by The Family, a Prince-related band that featured Susanna Melvoin, sister of Wendy who played guitar in Prince's band The Revolution. I am probably the only person I know with a copy of The Family album. Their version is much more interesting harmonically (especially the strings), but Sinead's still moves me more.

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« Reply #12 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 2:01pm »

on Jul 26th, 2016, 12:50am, slowdancer wrote:
With a little help from my friends - Joe Cocker (originally The Beatles)

While I don't have a strong opinion about this one, I note that it was also mentioned in the "Cover versions that suck" thread.

on Jul 26th, 2016, 06:58am, The Cosmic Lawnmower wrote:
'Got to Get You Into My Life' - Earth, Wind & Fire (originally by the Beatles)

This is one I do have an opinion on: I haven't heard it in a long time, but I always thought it sucked!
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« Reply #13 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 3:23pm »

on Jul 26th, 2016, 03:14am, Noni wrote:
Not a big fan of cover versions of music... I prefer the original!... I don't mind so much bands that represent themselves as that group(cover).. But tracks and they sell the music is a little cheap in my opinion.. I hear a few cover tracks played badly specially one from Supertramp on radio and it's appalling!...


I do have admiration for tribute bands that can accurately recreate the music of an artist. It obviously takes great skill and good ears to be able to do this well and the results can be very enjoyable (The Musical Box's recreation of the Lamb tour is one example for me).

But what I find more interesting are the artists that can take a song and reimagine it in a completely different way. It is very possible to have a good original and a cover version that is very different and also good (or even better in the context of this thread). Although I don't particularly like The Flying Lizards' take on Money (mentioned above), I do respect that they had a very original approach.
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« Reply #14 on: Jul 26th, 2016, 3:30pm »

on Jul 26th, 2016, 08:43am, proginrev wrote:
Bauhaus- Telegram Sam
Bauhaus- Ziggy Stardust
Johnny Cash- Hurt
Soft Cell- Tainted Love.


I like Bauhaus's take on Telegram Sam, although I am not sure I would go to it as my preferred version. Same goes for Ziggy Stardust, which sounds more like a David Bowie homage than a really original take of the song.

Johnny Cash's version of Hurt is pretty extraordinary. I love the Nine Inch Nails original, which is still my favourite. But Cash gives it a world-weariness and gravitas that is incredibly poignant.

Agree about Soft Cell's Tainted Love being the definitive version. And while we're on the subject of covers from the 80s, a few others I thought of are:

Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper (original by Robert Hazard)
Hazy Shade of Winter - The Bangles (original by Simon & Garfunkel)
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