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Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 2:46:57 AM PDT
Evan says:
I don't see Dusty Springfield as being lame with "I Only Wanna Be With You". It was fantastic in it's time. Dusty was such a perfectionist and her legacy will outlast that of Volbeat by decades.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 5:26:46 AM PDT
Music Lover says:
Heart - River (Joni Mitchell)
kd lang - After The Gold Rush (Neil Young)
Zac Brown Band - Jolene (Ray Lomantange)
David Wilcox - Missing You (John Waite)
Captain and Tennille - Song for My Father (Horace Silver)

Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 6:52:20 AM PDT
Chris Mulwee says:
Here are some:
Alley-Oop -The Hollywood Argyles (Dallas Frazier)
Right Back Where We Started From-Maxine Nightingale (a rewrite of "Goodbye"(Nothing To Say by Nosmo King & The Javells)
"Picnic" -Shelley Fabares (George Duning)
And two covers from Ex Mouseketeer Annette Funicello:
1)It's Really Love(originally by Paul Anka, and the basis for The Tonight Show Theme)
2)Don't Jump To Conclusions(originally by Roberta Shore & Cast of The "Annette" serial)

Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 7:26:25 AM PDT
Fischman says:
My apologies to all--I'm more a child of the 70s than the 60s, so my familiarity with "I only Wanna' Be With You" was more based on the Bay City Rollers version which I stand by my claim of lameness. Dusty was indeed more worthy.

I had shown the BCR video to my kids (13, 15, and 17) and of course, they thoght it hilariously pathetic. Then we went to the Volbeat concert--what contrast--and an absolute blast!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 6, 2012, 4:09:00 PM PDT
Evan says:
Fischman .. a definition of culture is the ability to listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of the Lone Ranger!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2012, 7:40:18 PM PDT
Fischman says:
Yeah, GE--I get your point. I pretty good with the William Tell Overture, but I still can't listen to the Barber of Seville without thinking of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55G7T8VdWEs

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2012, 5:52:20 AM PDT
bill turner says:
all along the watchtower,first came to mind

Posted on Jul 11, 2012, 9:53:05 AM PDT
Timot-Rex says:
Carla Bozulich's cover of the entire Red Headed Stranger album by Willie Nelson is quite good. That took some cajones.
Her old band the Geraldine Fibbers did a nice cover of Can's "You Do Right" on the very awesome album "Butch."

Posted on Jul 13, 2012, 12:06:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 13, 2012, 12:13:17 AM PDT
Statesboro Blues - Taj Mahal (Blind Willie McTell), I like it better than the Allman Bros. subsequent version
Cry For A Shadow - Smithereens (Beatles)
Richard Cory - Wings (Simon and Garfunkel)
Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere - David Bowie (Who)
(I Know) I'm Losing You - Rare Earth (Temptations)
One - Three Dog Night (Harry Nilsson)
Twenty Flight Rock - Paul McCartney (Eddie Cochran)
This Wheel's On Fire - Byrds (Dylan)
On A Night Like This - Los Lobos (Dylan)
Summertime Blues - Who (Eddie Cochran)
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - George Thorogood (John Lee Hooker, Thorogood's version is actually a combination of two songs: John L's House Rent Boogie and One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer)
I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds (Smiley Lewis)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012, 12:57:59 PM PDT
My favorite version of (I Know) I'm Losing You is Faces.

Sometimes one version of a song isn't necessarily better than another if there's a difference of subgenres. It just depends on what type of music you like.

Posted on Jul 25, 2012, 4:24:53 PM PDT
MJEH says:
I'm gonna get the poop beaten out of me for this, but my all-time favorite song is Tina Turner's version of "Let's Stay Together".

Posted on Aug 14, 2012, 4:41:05 AM PDT
I just heard this today for the first time and I love it.
Grant Lee Buffalo - We've Only Just Begun.

http://youtu.be/s_Gi9eX-IQU

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 14, 2012, 12:49:40 PM PDT
Evan says:
Are we taking the Carpenters' version as the original? Actually I thought it was. Apparently it started as an advertisement and the Carpenters took it from there. Paul Williams has a version but it probably came later (and I don't see it here).

http://www.secondhandsongs.com/work/20610

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012, 10:06:02 AM PDT
Hello GE,

I thought The Carpenters were the original artists and didn't know there had been the prior recordings before they produced their wonderful lush harmonies on their version.
I really love the Grant Lee Buffalo song.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2012, 10:28:54 AM PDT
Chris Mulwee says:
Paul Williams did the original demo as well as the Commercial jingle version.
A recording by Freddie Allen was the first commercially issued recording.
It was identical to Paul's jingle and demo version

Posted on Aug 15, 2012, 4:23:58 PM PDT
While I was never particularly a fan of The Carpenters, (I certainly didn't dislike them) hearing their early stuff makes me feel 10 years old again. Karen had such a beautiful, pure voice. Hearing her sing this song, and also "Close To You", takes me back to better times. You are right, Kacee, Grant Lee Buffalo's cover version of "We've Only Just Begun" is quite good!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2012, 11:20:26 AM PDT
Joey D says:
Not by me. A solid rendition and the record that started her big comeback.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2012, 4:41:15 PM PDT
Evan says:
I have just listened to Grant Lee Buffalo singing "We've Only Just Begun". The band goes well, a nice robust feel to this version, which otherwise imitates the Carpenters to a very large extent. Grant has quite a pleasant voice but is too wayward on pitch to rank as a great singer.

On the other hand, Freddie Allen sounds more like Paul Williams to me! But this original commercial release contains the essential rhythm and harmony of the above two versions.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012, 4:14:19 AM PDT
Timothy and GE,

It is a lovely version and has a similar Carpenters' arrangement to it.

I've just heard this song again today -- it's been ages since I heard it.

Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon - Urge Overkill. Brilliant.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012, 1:17:31 AM PDT
Evan says:
Boz Burrell on fretless bass in "Can't Get Enough" by Bad Company. The perfect counterpoint to fantastic lead vocals by Paul Rodgers. All together now ...

Posted on Aug 27, 2012, 1:17:56 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
On the subject of Carpenters covers, I looked up the Carpenters Tribute Album with the song you guys are talking about. Let me say I'm one of those who has recently gotten on the "retro Carpenters are cool again" train!

And though normally I LOVE cover songs and cover albums, listening to other bands doing the Carpenters songs makes me shake my head "no , just NO!" LOL

I can Maybe tolerate the "Good-Bye to Love" , and "Yesterday Once More" covers. Everything else sounds to me like it runs the gammet from The Keebler Elves to someone who is singing with their head in the toilet. BUT "Cracker" singing "Rainy Days and Mondays" has got to be , um , classic!

I GUESS I should give these bands credit for *attempting* something that Karen Carpenter sang!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2012, 3:08:47 PM PDT
buenseñor says:
I have to agree whole-heartedly with Alysha's post. For the most part, the tribute album is unlistenable! Of course, that does not include the only album standout for me, the Grant Lee Buffalo cover of "We've Only Just Begun". I am so glad that I took the time to listen to all the song samples provided instead of just flying off and hitting my 1-click button!

Posted on Aug 27, 2012, 4:30:42 PM PDT
Trick1 says:
Nina Simone - Feeling Good (Live Cover by Sara Niemietz)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bity3aSktVo&list=PL48ADA0EE7D1C41BB&index=12&feature=plcp
Jackie Evancho, the summer knows @ 12 years old
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhBNnqyTCMo

Posted on Sep 3, 2012, 8:15:42 AM PDT
Tx. Hoosier says:
"All Along the Watchtower" Jimi Hendrix. Dylan liked it so much he gave the song to Hendrix, and when he does the song himself it's the Hendrix version.

Posted on Sep 3, 2012, 7:20:23 PM PDT
Fischman says:
I find Hendrix infinitely preferable to Dylan, so it's no surprise I much prefer the Hendrix version. However, I also love the acoustic version by Michael Hedges:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKhdyP7QEho
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