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Initial post: Jun 5, 2011, 1:59:49 PM PDT
jimmy0803 says:
"Be My Girl" and "Me and Mrs Jones"- The Dramatics
"I Can Understand it" and "Wildflower"-The New Birth
"Hello Its Me"; "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"; and"Love the One You're With"-The Isley Bros
'Walk On By"-Isaac Hayes
"I Can't Stand the Rain" and "Feel the Need In Me"-Graham Central Station

(remember, i said "better or just as good". its all a matter of opinion).
any others come to mind?

Posted on Jun 6, 2011, 5:22:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2011, 5:23:39 PM PDT
Althea says:
♪ Going In Circles (feat. Bar-Kays) ~ Isaac Hayes

♪ The Fool On The Hill ~ The Four Tops

♪ Oh Be My Love ~ Barbara McNair

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2011, 7:29:44 AM PDT
jimmy0803 says:
good stuff!
Isaac actually has a lot of good remakes on classic hits. I chose the classic "Walk on by" simply because the legendary Dionne Warrick even stated that Ike's version is the best.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011, 8:14:10 PM PDT
'Take Me To The River'-Talking Heads cover of Al Green Song, more so when they played it live on 'The Name of This Band is Talking Heads' and 'Stop Making Sense' concert releases.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011, 6:06:47 AM PDT
jimmy0803 says:
speaking of Al Green classics, Graham Central Station's covers of "It Aint't No Fun To Me" and "Love and Happiness" are pretty much on point as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2011, 3:43:38 PM PDT
L. Roberson says:
al b. sure "hotel california" waaaaaaaay better!!!...than the original by the eagles

Posted on Jul 18, 2011, 7:40:08 AM PDT
jimmy0803 says:
Dream Merchant-the New Birth
The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind)-Dru Hill
(ok, maybe not as good as the classic original by the Dells, it still is very nice!)

Posted on Jul 18, 2011, 9:47:34 AM PDT
This Time I'll Be Sweeter - between Linda Lewis' (the original) and Angela Bofill's - always felt that Angela's the more sentimental, emotion heart-filled version, like her plight "come back to me" genuinely means it...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2011, 3:06:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 18, 2011, 3:06:42 PM PDT
Mike Lowery says:
I did not know Al B. Sure did a remake of "Hotel California". I have to check that out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2011, 5:59:19 AM PDT
jimmy0803 says:
yeah, Angela was vocally-trained and had the voice of an angel. sad to hear of her recent misfortunes, but she's toughing it out like a true-soildier. i wish her the best.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011, 9:53:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 23, 2011, 9:57:45 PM PDT
T. LeBaron says:
Hall & Oates: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
Dave Edminds: I Hear You Knockin'
Cheap Trick: In the Street (aka That 70s Song)
Rick Springfield: I've Done Everything For You (Sammy Hagar says he likes Rick's cover of this better than his own original)
Oh, and The Sweet: My Generation (on the Sweet Fanny Adams import album...sounds like they had a blast doing this one)

Posted on Jul 24, 2011, 11:39:39 AM PDT
MarkAntney says:
No Particular order:

Lutha's and Gap Band's: "Going In Circles"

George Michael's: "I Can't Make You Love Me"

Al Green's: "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"

Chaka-Chaka-Chaka KHAN's: "I Feel For You"

Lutha's: "Since I Lost My Baby", "Going Out of My Head", and the Duet with Matha Wash "I Who Have Nothing"

Melissa Morgan's: "Fool's Paradise"

Aretha's: "Respect"

Ami Stewart's: "Knock on Wood"

Billy Idol's: "Mony Mony"

Posted on Jul 24, 2011, 11:54:46 AM PDT
N. Breeden says:
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - "Why Don't You Love Me?" (Arguably better than the Beyonce version, which is saying a lot.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011, 6:27:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2011, 6:28:49 PM PDT
Ami Stewart??? My apologies for disagreeing; Eddie Floyd's got soul. Ami's was just...disco...annoying disco.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011, 5:33:51 AM PDT
jimmy0803 says:
Phyllis Hyman-"Betcha By Golly Wow"
The New Birth-"Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)"
The Escorts-"La La Means I Love You" (not many people whom have heard the Escorts' version)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2011, 5:34:47 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 3, 2011, 4:42:14 AM PDT
MarkAntney says:
Nah, no need to apologize; though very young during DISCO; I was there:):):) DISCO was just as much a Phenom as it was a tragedy.

Be it her song/version, CHIC, or even the Bee Gees, I APOLOGIZE to you, I loved their songs.

Oh, include KC & the Sunshine Band and when Rod Stewart went Disco with "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" too.

Eddie Floyd's version is good too, I just like hers more (especially when she hit the High Notes), in all it's Disco Splendor:):):)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2011, 6:55:03 AM PDT
jimmy0803 says:
i hated disco, altho there were some songs from that era that i liked. i thought KC and the Sunshine Band was funky, and i liked the BeeGees' "Night Fever". couldn't stand Gloria Gayner's "I Will Survive" and am now sick of the 70s' customery flagship song, "Disco Inferno".

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2011, 11:03:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 25, 2011, 11:17:49 AM PDT
Disco is OK some to me personally ( CHIC is always welcome- with Nile Rodgers' stellar guitarwork), as is Sister Sledge, Cheryl Lynn, Vickie Sue Robinson, Loleatta Holloway... Only when it feels formulaic, cliched, or generic, it kinda gets on me a little.

Disco-wise: don't know whose version came first (as both were originally released same source - the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack). I know, I know, the Bee Gees' " More Than A Woman" was / is probably the one more played / more people knows better, but between the two for myself, Tavares' all the way - smoother, more masculine voices haha, gotta love those " shoo-doop-do-doop"s!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2011, 11:33:01 AM PDT
MarkAntney says:
I cop out on the Bee Gees (written) "More Than a Woman" and say I like them both equally.

Good Catch on that one. When I was younger, I recall liking the Tavares version better, I'm older now and just as much as I NOW appreciate Larry Bird's Basketball skills (didn't understand when I was a kid, I guess), I appreciate the Bee Gees:):):)

One there's no Debate (to me) is Yvonne Ellman's(?) version of "If I can't Have YOu"; I can't stand the Bee Gees version of that song.

As you alluded, it sounds FORCED:):) o

Posted on Jul 26, 2011, 6:22:34 AM PDT
jimmy0803 says:
i liked Chic as well, and liked the work they did w/ Sister Sledge. i guess it was certain types of "disco-music" i disliked, like "I Will Survive"; "Turn The Beat Around", and such.
i never considered Cheryl Lynn "disco".

Posted on Jul 26, 2011, 10:21:10 AM PDT
MarkAntney says:
Add to the List, if not equal to the original-better; I personally think better on one. equal the other.

Denice Williams', "Gonna Take a Miracle" is better than the original.

GQ's, "I Do Love You" is equal to the original but different tempo and updated (of course) but more times than not, I side with Billy Stewart's version.

KC and (white female can't remember her name?) version of "I'm Ready" is equal, if not a tad better than Barbara Mason's? I love them both but like the duet better.

Oh, though I don't think Simply Red's version of "If You Don't Know Me By Now" is better than HM&BN, I think it's quite good.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011, 11:18:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 26, 2011, 11:19:33 AM PDT
"It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It's Spring)" -that classic, Barry White written / production, both versions. Whether the original, 1967 Felice Taylor, which has long, even by the time Mr. White noticed it was a favorite record of Glodean's when he first met her, became a rare groove since.

But yeah, I too understand why the his Love Unlimited version's 1973 version was the better known, better overall, version. Truly a confection that harmonizes fully, the power of the girls' vocals, complimented well with the Maestro's orchestra.

But yeah, it has also long been controversy, that both versions are nothing more, than rip-offs of the Supremes' " Everything Is Good About You", a relatively minor tune. So much so, that royalties, I've heard, must be paid to Holland-Dozier-Holland, around the time of Love Unlimited's release.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011, 9:01:35 PM PDT
I think that Chic was mis-labled as a 'Disco' band a once you get past their first 2 releases, the influence of Nile Rodgers' melodic guitar on their later releases made them more of a Funk/R & B Band. Nile Rodgers also had 2 great solo releases('Adventures in the Land of the Good Groove' & 'B-Movie Matinee') that were driven by funky guitars and not mindless disco beats. Some great Chic songs include, 'Hangin', 'Your Love is Canceled', 'You are Beautiful', 'Chic Mystique' & 'Your Love'(love Nile's guitar on that song).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2011, 6:03:18 AM PDT
jimmy0803 says:
yeah, Chic was funky. they just happened to have come out during the disco era.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2011, 6:05:09 AM PDT
jimmy0803 says:
Barbara Mason's "Yes I'm Ready" was top-notch, as was Carla Thomas' version on her "Comfort Me" album. both are pretty hard to top imo.
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