Cover Song Better Than the Original?

Delta-T Posted By Delta-T, Jul 7, 2012 at 2:07 PM

  1. Delta-T

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    was talking with one of my co-worker's, who is even younger than me, and really doesn't know anything but contemporary pop/hip hop music, and told him tha many songs are cover songs from ages past, blah blah. So I'm curious who likes a recorded cover version of a song better than some originals?

    obvious ones for me are:
    Jimi's versions of both "All Along the Watchtower" and "Hey Joe"

    I expect to learn a few songs I didn't even know were covers.
    one that makes me laugh is when I was maybe 10 a friend of mine told me Guns and Roses wrote Knockin on Heaven's Door and didn't beleive me when I told him it was an old Dylan tune.
     
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    btw, please dont say Clapton's version of "I Shot the Sheriff". Thank you.
     
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    "Love In Vain" Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues Singers - 1937. Here's the original from the dawn of recording (two takes of it). This was done in a hotel, with Johnson playing in one room and the recording equipment (such as it was back then) in an adjacent room. Then Clapton doing it a few decades later. You'll recognize it if you know your Rolling Stones.



     
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    I like Faith's country version better than Joplin's original.





    Yeah I know. Sacrilege.
     
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    I like 'em both...considering the genre & the decade.
     
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    And then there is:



     
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    "The Boxer" by Simon and Garfunkel. Covered by Mumford and sons. I like them both. Don't mind the video, but most on Youtube are live concert type of crappy recordings.

     
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    More gooder than the original.
     
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    might not be better but Jamey Johnson's version of "Set 'Em Up Joe" by Vern Gosdin is pretty close.


     
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    Best ever was The Band's cover of Springsteen's Atlantic City
     
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    Infinitely better version....



    Round 2: ....



    I'm sure many will disagree. :p

     
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    Seethers version...



    Then Goerge Micheals.....

     
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    Doesn't even sound like Leppard/Joe Elliot, excellent cover.



    Oh what the hell, one more. Great White got their start as a Zepplin cover act. Not an easy band to cover for sure.

    I don't know if it's "better", but it's just as good IMO.



    Robert Plant once said "This guy sounds more like me than I do." ;lol
     
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    I think this is better than NIN's version


     
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    Haunting, very haunting. I always liked that one.
     
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    Some stronger language in the second one, but way better. Much more soulful.

     
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    Clapton....I Shot the Sheriff.....
    :) sSc_hiding.gif
     
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    Toss up on Social Distortion's cover of Cash's "Ring of Fire" -- I like them both.
     

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