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PostPosted: 03/26/07 10:08 am    ::: What Cover Song Do You Really Like Or Even Love? Reply Reply with quote

Is there a song that a music artist did a re-make of that you feel did the original version justice?


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PostPosted: 03/26/07 10:17 am    ::: Re: What Cover Song Do You Really Like Or Even Love? Reply Reply with quote

The best cover I have ever heard is Ryan Adams version of "Wonderwall," originally by Oasis. He completely strips it down and makes it really bare and raw. Totally changes what the song is.


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PostPosted: 03/26/07 10:17 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Emmy Lou Harris...Today I Started Loving You Again.

Actually, anything Emmy Lou covers is usually extraordinary.



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 10:17 am    ::: Re: What Cover Song Do You Really Like Or Even Love? Reply Reply with quote

(Original) Kate Bush - This Woman's Work
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw1fqgg42vo

(Excellent Cover Version) Maxwell - This Woman's Work
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRsLEYMd0BQ


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PostPosted: 03/26/07 10:18 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

The Bangles "Hazy Shade of Winter" is better than Simon & Garfunkel's original. Same for Linda Ronstadt's take on the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved".

Joan Jett's version of the Rolling Stones' "Star Star" is inspired.

Rilo Kiley did an interesting cover of "Handle With Care" that gives an entirely different perspective than the Travelling Wilburys had in the original.



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 10:23 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:


Rilo Kiley did an interesting cover of "Handle With Care" that gives an entirely different perspective than the Travelling Wilburys had in the original.


That's what I like. A good cover song isn't a singer doing karaoke of someone else's song. Its a whole new interpretation, IMO.

Tori Amos doing Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence" is another one.


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PostPosted: 03/26/07 10:25 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Just hearing this version by Dolly Parton should let you know who did the best remake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIAxaM-ooNY


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PostPosted: 03/26/07 11:06 am    ::: Re: What Cover Song Do You Really Like Or Even Love? Reply Reply with quote

MT_Swoopes wrote:
(Original) Kate Bush - This Woman's Work
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw1fqgg42vo

(Excellent Cover Version) Maxwell - This Woman's Work
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRsLEYMd0BQ


That's the first song that came to mind!

I saw Maxwell perform that song live at the Greek Theatre.

It was one of the best live performances I've ever seen.


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PostPosted: 03/26/07 11:16 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Re-makes I like better than the original

All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix vs Bob Dylan

Never Can Say Goodbye by Gloria Gaynor vs Jackson Five

Not Fade Away by Rolling Stones vs Buddy Holly

Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O'Connor vs Prince

I Fought the Law by The Clash vs. Bobby Fuller

You Keep Me Hangin' On by Vanilla Fudge vs the Supremes

#9 Dream by REM (brand new) vs. John Lennon

A Change is Gonna Come by Neville Brothers vs Sam Cooke

With a Little Help from My Friends by Joe Cocker vs The Beatles

Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm vs Michael Jackson

Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon by Urge Overkill vs Neil Diamond

I'm a Believer by The Monkees vs Neil Diamond

On Broadway by George Benson vs. Drifters

Pinball Wizard by Elton John vs. The Who



Interesting in their own way, but not "better"

Satisfaction by Devo vs Rolling Stones

Rock On by Def Leppard vs David Essex

Train in Vain by Annie Lennox vs The Clash

Roll Over Beethoven by ELO vs Chuck Berry

Who'll Stop the Rain by Rod Stewart vs CCR


I'm probably missing a ton more....


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PostPosted: 03/26/07 11:39 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Usher and Monica's version of "Slow Jam" was better than Midnight Star's original, in my view.



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 11:47 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Alien Ant Farm, "Smooth Criminal"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxeNZOLNh4c


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PostPosted: 03/26/07 1:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Gary Jules cover of Tears for Fears "Mad World" off the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Very morose. It's a great song to crank up on your iPod and walk around the city to -- one of those songs that becomes the sountrack of the world going on around you instead of just the song playing in your headphones (does that make sense?).


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PostPosted: 03/26/07 1:04 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

k.d. lang:

3 cigarettes in an ashtray (Patsy Cline)

Cryin' (Roy Orbison)

(both are on the k.d. lang "live by request" album)



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 1:31 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

OO Smooth Criminal, one of my favorite songs from Michael Jackson, AAF did a good job on the cover as well.

Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode, covered by Marilyn Manson

Bryan Adams by Oasis, covered by Bryan Adams

Love Song by The Cure, coverd by 311

In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins, covered by Nonpoint



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 2:00 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

stevie ray vaughan's ver. of hendrix's "voodoo chile(slight return)"
johnny cash's vers. of NIN "hurt"
rhonda vincent's vers.of dolly parton's "jolene"
johnny cash's vers. of kris kristofferson's "sunday morning coming down"
shawn colvin's vers. of bob dylan's "your goin to make me lonesome"
susan tedeschi's vers. of ray charles "tired of my tears"
aaf doing mj's smooth criminal
ani difranco vers. of rick james' "superfreak"
ollabelle vers. of mississipp fred mcdowell's "jesus on the mainline"
janis joplin's vers. of k. kristofferson's "me and bobbie mcgee"
muddy waters' vers. of big bill broonzy's "i can't be satisfied"
slowhand doing "key to the highway" by big bill broonzy



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 2:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Indigo Girls' live performance of "Tangled Up in Blue" on the "1200 Curfews" album - it's a live album.

They did a number of covers on that album, including:
Midnight Train to Georgia
Down By the River
River
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

But "Tangled" is my fave.



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Linda Ronstadt's Tumbling Dice is a great tribute to The Rolling Stones original.



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 5:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

24duzitall brought up one of my personal favorites, Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails- but does it count as a cover when the original singer says that the song now belongs to the covering singer?

I also perfer Garth Brooks's version of "Shameless" to Billy Joel's- but the best version is the one they did together in concert.

Heather Nova does a very pretty cover of "We Can Work It Out" by the Beatles.

Tori Amos's cover of "Heart of Gold" is really weird... but I love it. She also did a slow version of "Livin' on a Prayer" that I really like.



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 6:30 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

tori amos also did "smells like teen spirit" from nirvana. one of the few songs of hers i like.



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 7:23 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Martina McBride did an entire cd of covers called "Timeless"
She stayed true to the origanal sound and arrangement. If you love classic country, you'll love Timeless.
Timeless Cut by Cut
Track listing for Timeless - 2005
You Win Again
Iíll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)
I Canít Stop Loving You
Rose Garden
Today I Started Loving You Again
You Ainít Woman Enough
Once a Day
Pick Me Up on Your Way Down
I Donít Hurt Anymore
True Love Ways
'Til I Can Make It On My Own
I Still Miss Someone
Heartaches by the Number
Satin Sheets
Thanks A Lot
Loveís Gonna Live Here
Make The World Go Away
Help Me Make It Through the Night



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 7:34 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Ben Folds does a cover of Liz Phair's "Chopsticks" in concert sometimes. His voice is so different from hers that even that gives it a different feel. The gender-bending effect is also a nice effect.


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I like Manson's cover of "Sweet Dreams" and his cover of "This is Halloween"



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 11:08 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I forgot about those Martina McBride covers! I actually got to see her do some of them live at Radio City. LOVED her version of Rose Garden.

Have the Manson and Cash covers of "Personal Jesus" been mentioned yet? I love how they, and Depeche Mode, each bring something different to the song.



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PostPosted: 03/26/07 11:13 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Jay Brannan has a cover of "Straight Outta Compton" on his myspace page. It has the rap from "Waterfalls" in the middle.

www.myspace.com/jaybrannan

For a similar concept, Ben Folds did a cover of "Bitches at Shit" that he doesn't ham at all. It's interesting.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=2_N3CK-6CHk


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PostPosted: 03/27/07 6:28 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

PUmatty wrote:
Ben Folds does a cover of Liz Phair's "Chopsticks" in concert sometimes. His voice is so different from hers that even that gives it a different feel. The gender-bending effect is also a nice effect.


My favorite gender switching cover is Lick the Tins doing Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young". Talk about changing the subtext!



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PostPosted: 03/27/07 6:54 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

When I went on a Limewire binge, I picked up some great acapella covers, all credited to Rockapella, although I'm not sure if all of themare by the group. Their version of "Eye of the Tiger" is a hoot, as is "Fat Bottomed Girls". "Save Tonight" is pretty good, and you haven't lived until you've heard four voices and a percussion instrument try to interpret Beethoven's Fifth.



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PostPosted: 03/27/07 7:24 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Funny that nobody has mentioned maybe the two greatest covers ever:

Marvin Gaye's version of Gladys Knight's "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and Aretha Franklin's version of Otis Redding's "Respect".



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PostPosted: 03/27/07 7:37 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
Funny that nobody has mentioned maybe the two greatest covers ever:

Marvin Gaye's version of Gladys Knight's "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and Aretha Franklin's version of Otis Redding's "Respect".


i am sure many people are like me and they only assiociate "respect" with aretha.
i like marvin gaye, but like glady knight better.



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Cruel Summer
Bananarama - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n6chxpEINs
Ace of Base - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgcTHf3tbtc

Can't Get Enough Of Your Love
Barry White - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gknXou3gha4
Taylor Dayne - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2mqjho2G_Y


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I looove what Isaac Hayes did with Walk On By
(The original ain't too shabby either of course)



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PostPosted: 03/27/07 8:06 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
Funny that nobody has mentioned maybe the two greatest covers ever:

Marvin Gaye's version of Gladys Knight's "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and Aretha Franklin's version of Otis Redding's "Respect".


That's the sign of a really good cover - when you don't rememeber it's a cover!

Koronos Quartet (I think that's the name) did string quartet versions of a few Metallica songs - brilliant!


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PostPosted: 03/27/07 1:10 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Not as well known as some of the others mentioned, but sax player Jamie Williams did a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" on his album which features Jennifer Hudson that I really enjoy.

Also, Hidden Beach Recordings "Unwrapped" series does excellent jazz versions of some of today's popular songs, although I'm not sure if those can really count as covers. Enjoyable nonetheless.



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PostPosted: 03/27/07 1:11 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Didn't see it in this thread (not that I really looked), but how about Eva Cassidy's cover of "Fields of Gold?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1qKUmnBs4k


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CamrnCrz1974 wrote:
Didn't see it in this thread (not that I really looked), but how about Eva Cassidy's cover of "Fields of Gold?"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1qKUmnBs4k


I would also say her cover of "Time After Time." Eva was amazing.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=yW97ydJo1zo


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Luuuc wrote:
I looove what Isaac Hayes did with Walk On By
(The original ain't too shabby either of course)


There's a rather good cover (almost a spoken version!) of it produced by Richard X, with some British singer with an upper class accent doing it (Deborah Strickland?). A bit off-beat, but also surprisingly emotionally affecting.

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Marvin Gaye's version of Gladys Knight's "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and Aretha Franklin's version of Otis Redding's "Respect".


The Slits did a good cover of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine". It definitely qualifies as a "different" interpretation.
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pilight wrote:
PUmatty wrote:
Ben Folds does a cover of Liz Phair's "Chopsticks" in concert sometimes. His voice is so different from hers that even that gives it a different feel. The gender-bending effect is also a nice effect.


My favorite gender switching cover is Lick the Tins doing Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young". Talk about changing the subtext!


This one isn't a cover, but my favorite gender-switching song is REM's "Tongue." Its sung from the perspective of a woman recieving oral sex Shocked


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Joan Osborne doing Jimi Hendrix's Axis: Bold as Love



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LoveJanet wrote:
Just hearing this version by Dolly Parton should let you know who did the best remake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIAxaM-ooNY


Thank you. That was wonderful as always. I have always felt no one does this song as good as Dolly. Only her remake is as good as her original version, almost. Very Happy

Lucy Kaplansky's version of "Ring of Fire" is well done, a great "singalong".


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CB wrote:
LoveJanet wrote:
Just hearing this version by Dolly Parton should let you know who did the best remake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIAxaM-ooNY


Thank you. That was wonderful as always. I have always felt no one does this song as good as Dolly. Only her remake is as good as her original version, almost. Very Happy


Actually, I meant that this is the more powerful version...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUoEil40qZA


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Diana Krall's cover of "A Case of You"- - stunningly beautiful (much like Diana Krall herself!)

Dar Williams and Ani Di Franco's cover of "Comfortably Numb"- - amazing!



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I love, love, love the "Wonderwall" cover done by Ryan Adams of the Oasis song.

Also love Marie J. Blige's version of the Stevie Wonder song, "Overjoyed."


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LoveJanet wrote:
CB wrote:
LoveJanet wrote:
Just hearing this version by Dolly Parton should let you know who did the best remake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIAxaM-ooNY


Thank you. That was wonderful as always. I have always felt no one does this song as good as Dolly. Only her remake is as good as her original version, almost. Very Happy


Actually, I meant that this is the more powerful version...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUoEil40qZA


Laughing Laughing Then I disagree but still thank you for the one of Dolly. Smile


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LoveJanet wrote:
CB wrote:
LoveJanet wrote:
Just hearing this version by Dolly Parton should let you know who did the best remake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIAxaM-ooNY


Thank you. That was wonderful as always. I have always felt no one does this song as good as Dolly. Only her remake is as good as her original version, almost. Very Happy


Actually, I meant that this is the more powerful version...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUoEil40qZA


It's not a cover if the writer records it. Dolly Parton wrote "I will always love you" back in the 1970's.

http://www.rambles.net/va_songsofdp03.html

I really liked Ronstadt's cover of that song the best...powerful, and tender at the same time.



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cake doing gloria gaynor's "i will survive."

phish doing "good times, bad times" (or really anything else -- they were the best cover band ever).

scissor sisters doing "comfortably numb"... not really "good," but hilarious.


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http://www.amazon.com/Reproductions-songs-League-Various-Artists/dp/B000056AQS/ref=sr_1_2/104-2002028-5752751?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1175191625&sr=1-2

Don't laugh. This is a really good tribute album to Human League, whose songs are much better than given crdit for.

The best are Baxendale's version of "Keep Feeling (Fascination)" and and Stephen Merritt's Future Bible Heroes doing "Don't You Want Me Baby?" Merritt is, as usual, genius.


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PUmatty wrote:
http://www.amazon.com/Reproductions-songs-League-Various-Artists/dp/B000056AQS/ref=sr_1_2/104-2002028-5752751?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1175191625&sr=1-2

Don't laugh. This is a really good tribute album to Human League, whose songs are much better than given crdit for.

The best are Baxendale's version of "Keep Feeling (Fascination)" and and Stephen Merritt's Future Bible Heroes doing "Don't You Want Me Baby?" Merritt is, as usual, genius.


That version of 'Human' by 'The 6ths with Lloyd Cole is awful!' The classic song produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (the greatest production team of all-time) SHOULD NOT be touched!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH2X5PolerA


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Michael McDonald's motown covers are pretty good.



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I recently discovered Cherrelle's "I didn't mean to turn you on." I grew up hearing the Robert Palmer version, which I still love. But I love Cherrelle's original, too. I didn't even know it existed, and I'm usually very knowledgeable about music.



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I recently discovered Cherrelle's "I didn't mean to turn you on." I grew up hearing the Robert Palmer version, which I still love. But I love Cherrelle's original, too. I didn't even know it existed, and I'm usually very knowledgeable about music.


I loved Cherrelle and that was one of my faves of hers. I didn't like Palmer's cover.



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PostPosted: 04/01/07 5:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
Sass wrote:
I recently discovered Cherrelle's "I didn't mean to turn you on." I grew up hearing the Robert Palmer version, which I still love. But I love Cherrelle's original, too. I didn't even know it existed, and I'm usually very knowledgeable about music.


I loved Cherrelle and that was one of my faves of hers. I didn't like Palmer's cover.


She's the bomb. "Saturday Love" is a classic.



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