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Best cover version of an original song

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Initial post: Mar 20, 2009, 10:36:02 PM PDT
You really got me - by Van Halen
Original version by the Kinks

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009, 12:34:00 AM PDT
Robert M. says:
Try a Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
Original version by the Ray Noble Orchestra (1932)
the link has some cool trivia about a great song

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009, 12:36:55 AM PDT
Robert M. says:
here's another one, kinda different...
Sweet Thing - Van Morrison (2008)
original by Van Morrison (1968)
the "cover"... love the fiddle and when Van growls a duet with his harp...

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 1:18:59 AM PDT
Zeke does a version of Fleetwood Mac's Rhiannon that blows the original out of the universe...

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 1:45:19 AM PDT
Johnny Winter - Highway 61 Revisited
The Stranglers - Money Changes Everything
George Thorogood and the Destroyers - Who Do You Love
Roy Buchanan - Peter Gunn
The Cramps - Peter Gunn

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 4:00:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2009, 4:00:56 AM PDT
Pet Shop Boys- Always On My Mind- Talk about originality ve sonic excellence:)

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 4:08:40 AM PDT
Alexis says:
Anything by Catpower.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 6:20:38 AM PDT
Silence says:
A Perfect Circle - Imagine

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 7:05:44 AM PDT
Above excellent song choices. I will check them out.
A really bad cover is "Downtown" by The B52's on their first album.
The original by Petula Clark

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 7:16:13 AM PDT
"Higher Ground" cover: Red Hot Chili Peppers original: Stevie Wonder
"Better Things" cover: Fountains of Wayne original: The Kinks
"End Of The Line" cover: Concrete Blonde original: Roxy Music
"Rusty Cage" cover: Johnny Cash original: Soundgarden
"Satisfaction" cover: Devo original: Rolling Stones
"For What Its Worth" cover: Candyskins original: Buffalo Springfield
"Crazy Mary" cover: Pearl Jam original: Victoria Williams

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 7:18:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2009, 7:28:10 AM PDT
The Walrus says:
"Twist and Shout"-The Beatles...original...The Isley Brothers...
"All Along The Watchtower"-Jimi...original...Dylan...
"Gimme Shelter"-Grand Funk...original...Stones...
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"-Jeff Healey...original...The Beatles...
"You've Really Got A Hold On Me"-The Beatles...original...The Miracles...
"Inside Looking Out"-Grand Funk...original...The Animals...
"Me and Bobby McGee"-Joplin...original...Kris Kristofferson...
"I'm A Man"-Chicago Transit Authority...original...Spencer Davis Group...
"Baby, It's You"-The Beatles...and/or...Smith...original...The Shirelles...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009, 9:00:51 AM PDT
Nice post. Some songs I definitely want to check out

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 9:23:29 AM PDT
msc says:
'Dear Prudence' & 'Helter Skelter' by Siouxsie & the Banshees. Also, any track off of 'Through the Looking Glass' by Siouxsie & the Banshees.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 9:47:39 AM PDT
Annie Lennox covers Castles Burning (Neil Young) and Whiter Shade of Pale both amazingly well.
Patty Smith recently released a Stones Cover that is great Gimme Shelter
Heart has some great Zepplin covers. Battle of Evermore stands out

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 9:49:27 AM PDT
Karl says:
Naked & Shameless' version of Queen's Fat Bottom Girls!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009, 9:56:52 AM PDT
C. Lehner says:
Early Elvis Presley covering Blue Moon Of Kentucky by Bill Monroe and That's All Right by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009, 10:51:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Dec 23, 2010, 9:14:34 PM PST
01) REO Speedwagon's cover of Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie".
02) Peter Tosh's cover of Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode".
03) Mountain's cover of Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven".
04) Rod Stewart's cover of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Rock 'N' Roller".
05) Rod Stewart's cover of Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody".
06) Al Green's cover of Bee Gees' "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart".
07) Richard Marx's cover of Elton John's "Teacher I Need You".
08) Jeff Healey Band's cover of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
09) The Kentucky Headhunters' cover of Bill Monroe's "Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine".
10) Dr. Hook's cover of Sam Cooke's "Only Sixteen".
11) Journey's cover of Sam Cooke's "Good Times".
12) Cat Stevens' cover of Sam Cooke's "Another Saturday Night".
13) Elvis Presley's cover of Richard Harris' "My Boy".
14) Dwight Yoakam's cover of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds".
15) The Stylistics' cover of Dionne Warwicks'
......"You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)".

Posted on Mar 21, 2009, 10:51:55 AM PDT
Josh K. says:
Everyone always forgets that Soft Cells version of "TAinted Love" is a cover!!!! The original is by Gloria Jones. The song is also covered very well by Marilyn Manson!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009, 6:54:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 21, 2009, 7:06:22 PM PDT
N.Rogers says:
01) Jeff Buckley's cover of the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah"
02) Robert Wyatt's cover of the Elvis Costello song "Shipbuilding"
03) Groovie Ghoulies' cover of the Billy Brag song "A New England"
04) 16 Horsepower's cover of the song "Sinnerman"
05) Uncle Tupelo's cover of the Carter Family song "John Hardy"
06) Jim White's cover of the Roger Miller song "King Of The Road"
07) Gothic Knights' cover of the Duran Duran song "Hungry Like A Wolf"
08) Uncle Tupelo's cover of the Flying Burrito Brothers song "Sin City"
09) Nick Cave's cover of the song "Stagger Lee"
10) Todd Snider's cover of the CCR song "Fortunate Son"

I suppose I could also add some albums to the list as well

1) The collective work of Me First And The Gimme Gimmes - Everything can be made better by turning it into punk music, right?!?
2) Johnny Cash - "American III" particularly love his cover of the Nick Cave song "The Mercy Seat"
3) Gob Iron - "Death Songs For The Living" - old folk songs get the alt-country treatment with great results.
4) Dream Theater - "Official Bootleg: Master of Puppets" - One amazing Metal band covering a classic album of another great metal band.
5)Groovie Ghoulies - "Berry'd Alive" - some wonderful punk covers of some lesser known Chuck Berry songs.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009, 6:59:14 PM PDT
That's an awesome list. I will have to check out some of those. You know your music!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2009, 7:01:12 PM PDT
I like your list. So much for a couple you've got 12 great ones there.

Posted on Mar 22, 2009, 5:49:57 AM PDT
could you, would you - willy deville (original Them)
Try a little tenderness - Otis Redding (???)
Dizzy miss Lizzy - Beatles (Larry williams)
Bathroom Window - Joe Cocker (beatles)
Resect yourself - The Mighty Jeremiahs (staple singers)
It's alright - steve windwood (Curtis Mayfield)
Help - Triple Trouble (beatles)

I'll do more later.....I like this discussion

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2009, 6:43:38 AM PDT
We like your input. Good choices.

Elvis Presley - You've lost that lovin' feelin' (Righteous Brothers)
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Elvis Costello - What's So Funny Bout' Peace Love

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2009, 11:42:02 AM PDT
Soul Asylum - To Sir, With Love
Husker Du - Eight Miles High
The Jam - Disguises

Posted on Mar 22, 2009, 12:00:59 PM PDT
Bob Seeger's cover of CCR's "Fortunate Son" is one of my alltime favorites.

His power chords and gruff vocals fit this tune much better than the twangy lead guitar and voice on the original.
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