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Good examples of cover versions which do not rival the original
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Good examples of cover versions which do not rival the original

Once in a while, I stumble across cover versions of songs which are so different from the original they are basically their own songs.

Example
Original - Michael Jackson - Beat it
Cover - Raintime - Beat it

Another Example
Original - Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Cover - The Dan Band - Total Eclipse of the Heart (Live)

What I really like about them is that you can listen the cover version and the original straight after each other and you don't feel that you have listened to the same song at all...

Any more good examples around?
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I don't know if this qualifies but I always liked the Eva Cassidy version
Original - Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time
Cover - Eva Cassidy - Time After Time
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Typical for that would be the Byrds eight miles high
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and the phantastic cover by Hüsker Dü ...if only they had a drumsound and some guitar tuning back then....
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and then the way out version by Zos Kia
starting here at ca. 9 minutes in:
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Old 1 week ago
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Any of "The Bad Plus" covers are incredible IMNSHO...
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There's the obvious Joe Cocker/Beatles 'With A Little Help From My Friends'.....and the not so obvious like Evis Costello/Chet Baker 'Almost Blue'

I thought for a long time that 'Almost Blue' was an old country track which had been unearthed and covered by Elvis, but no, Costello wrote it.....Chet Baker apparently contacted Elvis personally to ask if he could record a version.

Both great versions.
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An all-time classic

Original: Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus YouTube
Cover: Johnny Cash - Personal Jesus YouTube
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satisfaction: the rolling stones / cat power
wonderwall: oasis / ryan adams
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For half a century I have thought any attempt to cover Simon & Garfunkel's The Sounds of Silence would be, well, sacrilegious.

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I was wrong. I was way wrong.

Disturbed - The Sounds of Silence

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Their live performance is even more amazing.

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For half a century I have thought any attempt to cover Simon & Garfunkel's The Sounds of Silence would be, well, sacrilegious.
Too bad Disturbed did not cover my favorite S & G song: April Come She Will

I once delivered a package to Mr. Simon at the Brill building and coincidently to his brother's apartment on Central Park West.

No, I did not ask for 'autographs'.


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Quote:
Originally Posted by Seattle View Post
For half a century I have thought any attempt to cover Simon & Garfunkel's The Sounds of Silence would be, well, sacrilegious.

YouTube

I was wrong. I was way wrong.

Disturbed - The Sounds of Silence

YouTube

Their live performance is even more amazing.

YouTube
One of my young relatives asked me to do an edit on Disturbed's "Sounds of Silence, which she planned to do a dance presentation of in a high school dance class.

We all have different tastes.

I really do not like the Dickies much at all -- mostly because of their stage act and attitude (started out liking their first few singles, saw them twice; started hating them sometime in the middle of the first of those two shows)... but I have to say that their version of "Sounds" works much better for me...

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Jailbreak

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I'm a big fan of these two covers...



Old 1 week ago
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Quote:
I'm a big fan of these two covers...
And here I always thought Blue Cheer's version was the original. Nope! Eddie Cochran co-wrote and was first to record it.

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That second one by the Flying Lizards was interesting. Not my usual cup of tea, but I kind of liked it! It held my interest.

I'm not into heavy metal, but what Disturbed did with Sounds...I thought that was really powerful. The Dickies cover lost me.
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And here I always thought Blue Cheer's version was the original. Nope! Eddie Cochran co-wrote and was first to record it.

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That second one by the Flying Lizards was interesting. Not my usual cup of tea, but I kind of liked it! It held my interest.

I'm not into heavy metal, but what Disturbed did with Sounds...I thought that was really powerful. The Dickies cover lost me.
Yep. Written along with his manager, Jerry Capehart.

I grew up hearing Cochran's version. Then Trini Lopez's. Then Blue Cheer's. Then the Who's. Then Flying Lizards'.... (And, actually, I found a bunch of other covers on YT, including one by Debbie Harry(!))

It's a time-honored youth anthem.


Yeah... we all have different tastes. And, of course, they change over time. When I bonded with the Dickie's version of "Sounds of Silence," it was around '77, early days of the punk/new music scene. I found it amusing and invigorating -- as I did their similarly tweaked "Silent Night." (Yes, the 1818 Christmas carol by Franz Xaver Gruber. That one. ) When I actually saw the Dickies, though, the one-trick pony aspect started showing through -- and the fratboy crowd they drew was way beyond obnoxious. (And I was no stranger to the 'slam pit' as we called it in LA in those days.)
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Damn. I misread the title of the post. I thought it was covers rivaling the originals. No shortage of covers that don't, at least in my opinion.
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cover of Eden Ahbez - Nature Boy


cover of Robert Wyatt’s Sea Song
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Hey, thanks a lot - loads of good inputs here.

For me, a good cover version is a valuable piece of art...I really like to here good timeless songs in a different mood or style
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