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Cover better than the original? #3000962 07/29/19 11:49 PM
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Title says it all.

My (first) nomination: Joe Cocker's version of the Letter.



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Growing up in the 1980’s i heard more cover songs then the originals, because i was either too young or wasn’t born yet. I heard Venus by Bananarama, before I heard Shocking Blue’s original. No Doubt’s cover of it’s my life. Originally by Talk Talk. 10,000 Maniacs Because the Night. Originally Patti Smith. Gloria Estefan Turn the Beat around. Vicki Sue Robinson, Original. Even Everlasting Love Originally Carl Carlton.

There are two Beatles Songs that i liked the cover of. Here comes the Sun, covered by Richie Havens, and A little help from my friends Joe Cocker. These two songs I heard by the Beatles Originally, even though the had broken up before i was born.

A cover song for me works when the tempo is changed, or the instruments, this is just my opinion.


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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001045 07/30/19 02:51 PM
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Blinded By The Light. Manfred Mann version better than Springsteen version.
There. I've said it. saber

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to paraphrase you, brother dB, what constitutes "better"? smile

certainly the Manford Mann version was more commmercially sucessfull and launched millions of bong hits, but never in a thousand years could they have penned that tune


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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: paulkondig] #3001058 07/30/19 04:19 PM
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Originally Posted by paulkondig
10,000 Maniacs Because the Night. Originally Patti Smith.



sung by Patti Smith, written by Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen


A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001061 07/30/19 04:24 PM
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during the late 1980's early 1990's I preferred Siouxsie and the Banshees cover of The Beatle's "Dear Prudence" over the original. Don't know if I feel the same way today

still prefer Joe Cocker's cover of "A Little Help From My Friends" over the original

for me it's where I am in place and time as to what my preference is


A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
Plus, old gear has a story. I like that.
Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: davedoerfler] #3001066 07/30/19 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by davedoerfler
to paraphrase you, brother dB, what constitutes "better"? smile

More likable to whoever is posting. Hence the thread title. poke

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certainly the Manford Mann version was more commmercially sucessfull and launched millions of bong hits, but never in a thousand years could they have penned that tune

Oh, hell no.

Okay, here's another one. Most people know the Blue Suede version of Hooked On A Feeling...but how many know the original version by B.J. Thomas?



(I feel that) the Blue Suede version is WAY better.

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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
Blinded By The Light. Manfred Mann version better than Springsteen version.
There. I've said it. saber

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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
Originally Posted by davedoerfler
to paraphrase you, brother dB, what constitutes "better"? smile

More likable to whoever is posting. Hence the thread title. poke


Yea, lets go with that!


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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001093 07/30/19 08:07 PM
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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001094 07/30/19 08:15 PM
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Here's the original:



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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001095 07/30/19 08:17 PM
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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001096 07/30/19 08:21 PM
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It's a toss up between this version and the Rolling Stones original for me. Apples and oranges, I guess. Either way, I'm grateful for both fruits.



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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Geoff Grace] #3001106 07/30/19 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Geoff Grace

I might argue in favor of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy as well.

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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001107 07/30/19 09:39 PM
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How about the other way ... songs you first heard as covers and only heard the original versions later on?

Twist & Shout
Piece o’ my Heart
Time is on My Side
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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001124 07/31/19 12:28 AM
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And the original:



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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001125 07/31/19 12:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce

I might argue in favor of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy as well.

thu

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Not bad for a bunch of guys old enough to have heard the original, or at least Ricky Nelson's version.

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Joe Cocker's version of She Came in Through the Bathroom Window is similar to the Beatles' original, but I like Cocker's version a little better.


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I also like Joe Cocker's version of Feelin' Alright somewhat better than Traffic's


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These two versions of Got To Get You Into My Life are so very different and so great in their own way



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Hey Geoff. Thanks for illustrating my point. Both of these renditions of Cloudburst are covers 😉


Well ok, Jon Lambert wrote lyrics to a jazz tune so maybe it’s only half a cover.

For those who don’t know about Lambert, Hendrix and Ross please take a minute to go listen to check out this video. In this tune the middle section is a note for note transcription of Lester Young’s sax solo but now with lyrics. I can’t even read the lyrics as fast as Jon is singing them. This is one of my all time favorite performances.

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My apologies, dboomer.

I believe the Lambert, Hendrix and Ross rendition was at least the original vocal version, FWIW. Please correct me if I'm wrong (again).

This should be the original version, then (Source):



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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001150 07/31/19 05:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
Title says it all.

My (first) nomination: Joe Cocker's version of the Letter.
dB


love that version. I'll raise the bar. TTB version of The Letter. If you havent seen TTB live, you must do so at the next available opportunity. It's mandatory. cop



A reason why I collect old keyboards is that I feel partly responsible for doing it, responsible for preserving history and being a custodian for these things
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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: davedoerfler] #3001160 07/31/19 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by davedoerfler
. I'll raise the bar. TTB version of The Letter.



Now we're into a whole different thing - ownage.

To me, that vid is basically TTB doing the Mad Dogs and Englishmen version. Joe Cocker, OTOH, reworked the tune and made it his own.

Don't get me wrong - the TTB version rocks in a big way...but I'm not sure it raises the bar because they're just going to the same place Cocker did. Can't say I blame them at all, mind you - it's a pretty damn fun place, and that band is about as perfect for going there as it gets.

dB

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The first one comes to mind for me is Love Hurts. I've heard older versions of it but I don't even recall who originally did it and don't have time to look it up now. The Nazareth version is amazing to my ears.

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Originally Posted by ggm1960
The first one comes to mind for me is Love Hurts. I've heard older versions of it but I don't even recall who originally did it and don't have time to look it up now. The Nazareth version is amazing to my ears.



The Everly Brothers 1960 released in 1961.

Yea, I looked it up.


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