Covers that beat the Originals

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Covers that beat the Originals

Postby Mersozz » Mon May 09, 2011 10:41 pm

Dave Edmund's cover of Elvis Costello's "Girls Talk"

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Re: Covers that beat the Originals

Postby pkalata » Mon May 09, 2011 10:56 pm

Jimi Hendrix's cover of "All Along the Watchtower." Dylan may have written beautiful lyrics but, to me, it wasn't until other musicians put those words with enchanting instrumentals that that music comes alive. The greatest example of this is Watchtower.

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Re: Covers that beat the Originals

Postby McNutcase » Mon May 09, 2011 11:03 pm

pkalata wrote:Jimi Hendrix's cover of "All Along the Watchtower." Dylan may have written beautiful lyrics but, to me, it wasn't until other musicians put those words with enchanting instrumentals that that music comes alive. The greatest example of this is Watchtower.


As I recall, Dylan himself regards the Hendrix version of Watchtower as the definitive. That's a compliment, people.
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Re: Covers that beat the Originals

Postby pkalata » Mon May 09, 2011 11:34 pm

McNutcase wrote:
pkalata wrote:Jimi Hendrix's cover of "All Along the Watchtower." Dylan may have written beautiful lyrics but, to me, it wasn't until other musicians put those words with enchanting instrumentals that that music comes alive. The greatest example of this is Watchtower.

As I recall, Dylan himself regards the Hendrix version of Watchtower as the definitive. That's a compliment, people.


Thank you for reminding me, McNutcase! Here's another cover that was ceded by the author. Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" originally by Nine Inch Nails/Trent Reznor. Trent was quoted in at least one interview saying, "[Hurt] is Johnny's song now." That's right, a septuagenarian known for a different genre of music did the definitive version. There's something hypnotic about Johnny's version... Slow, mournful, and contemplative but also relentless and hopeful.

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Re: Covers that beat the Originals

Postby Zhimar » Tue May 10, 2011 2:40 am

I liked Gary Jules version of mad world better than the original.
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Re: Covers that beat the Originals

Postby Too Tall » Tue May 10, 2011 2:46 am

A. Listen to Coverville if you don't already

B. It's hard to come up with a song to follow Hendrix's Watchtower, arguably the greatest cover of all time, AND Johnny Cash's Hurt. searching my library.....

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Zhimar wrote:I liked Gary Jules version of mad world better than the original.


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Re: Covers that beat the Originals

Postby Too Tall » Tue May 10, 2011 2:55 am

Maybe going out on a limb but I'd take Nirvanna over David Bowie



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Madeleine Peyroux covers Elliot Smith's Between the Bars
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Kate Rusby covering the Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society

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Postby Xer0 » Tue May 10, 2011 8:11 am

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Covers that beat the Originals

Postby DrMikey » Tue May 10, 2011 8:41 am

On my phone, so no links, but:

Aerosmith's version of Come Together trumps the Beatles'.

Almost ANYONE'S version of Hallelujah trumps Leonard Cohen's, but in particular, the version by Lind, Fuentes, Nilson, and Holm rules.

Alien Ant Farm's Smooth Criminal beats Michael Jackson's.

Manfred Mann's cover of Blinded By The Light beats Springsteen's like Ike beat Tina.

And Ace Frehley's KISS version of 2000 Man is actually listenable and catchy, while the Rolling Stones' original can barely be considered music.
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Re: Covers that beat the Originals

Postby Mersozz » Tue May 10, 2011 9:22 am

It's a testament to Dylan's brilliance that so many of his songs were covered.

Totally agree on the Hendrix example.

And, while this might not be the same slam-dunk as Watchtower, the good Captain didn't hold back in this cover of Mr. Tambourine Man.

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