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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001166 07/31/19 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
Joe Cocker, OTOH, reworked the tune and made it his own.


point taken


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] #3001229 07/31/19 09:14 PM
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Otis Redding's version of the jazz standard, "Try A Little Tenderness".

The Byrds cover of Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man".


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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: J. Dan] #3001254 07/31/19 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by J. Dan
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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I Came for You, as well.


Mighty Quinn done first by Manfred Mann, then reimagined and released again by Manfred Mann's Earth Band. That is the version I like best.


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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001259 07/31/19 11:12 PM
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Eli's Coming, written and released by Laura Nyro in 1967, then covered by Three Dog Night in 1969.


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Originally Posted by RABid
Eli's Coming, written and released by Laura Nyro in 1967, then covered by Three Dog Night in 1969.



Maynard Ferguson also did a great cover of Eli's Comin'

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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: RABid] #3001289 08/01/19 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by RABid
Eli's Coming, written and released by Laura Nyro in 1967, then covered by Three Dog Night in 1969.


+1.

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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001291 08/01/19 02:05 AM
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Great version of Taxman by Joe Bonamassa

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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: paulkondig] #3001306 08/01/19 02:53 AM
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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.



The Everly Brothers 1960 released in 1961.

Yea, I looked it up.



Wow yeah, goes back to when I was born. No doubt I'd heard the Nazareth version before I even knew it was a cover, the Hair of the Dog album was one of the great ones from my high school years. The gravely voice and delivery along with the eerie ebow lead section just really seem to give the song an authenticity I don't feel listening to the original or any other cover of it.

Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001415 08/01/19 08:25 PM
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I like Aretha Franklin's version of "Respect" better than the original Otis Redding, but I still like Otis' version a lot

Aretha's version of "The Weight" is IMHO better than The Band's

I Like Mark Murphy's version of Michael Franks' "Satisfaction Guaranteed" a lot better

Jimi Hendrix's cover of Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower"

Elvis Presley's version of "Blue Suede Shoes" originally by Carl Perkins

I think Janis Joplin did a better job than Roger Miller's first recording of Kris Kristofferson's "Me And Bobby McGee"

I like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's version of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" better

Johnny Rivers' version of Chuck Berry's "Memphis" IMHO is way better

I like Santana's version of "Black Magic Woman" even better than the very fine Peter Green/Fleetwood Mack take

Vanilla Fudge: "You Keep Me Hanging On", "Season Of The Witch", "Ticket To Ride", and "People Get Ready" (I like the over-the top re-arrangements, but I still like the originals just fine)


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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001524 08/02/19 02:36 PM
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Mainly because of Marissa's over the top lead guitar

Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001685 08/03/19 06:46 PM
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Erma Franklin did a nice job of "Piece Of My Heart", but I like Janis Joplin's version better.

IMHO Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd did the definitive version of A.C. Jobim's "One Note Samba"

"You Go To My Head" was first recorded by Larry Clinton & His Orchestra and two very different versions are my favorite, Frank Sinatra's smoky and moody and Mark Murphy's fusion jazz take on it.


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Just about any Bob Dylan song


The past is gone. I'm sure it can take care of itself now.

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Originally Posted by Notes_Norton
Erma Franklin did a nice job of "Piece Of My Heart", but I like Janis Joplin's version better.

Erma's version was the original. So you got it right for the subject of this thread!


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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001884 08/05/19 05:26 PM
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Paul Shaffer's arrangements (transcriptions?) for the Blues Brothers were generally more pleasing to my ears than the originals, perhaps in part due to better sound reproduction. Specific examples would be Gimme Some Lovin' and Soul Man.


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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3001899 08/05/19 07:27 PM
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I just remembered this Flaming Lips cover. I still like the original because of nostalgia (last year of junior high) but I do dig this one enough to consider equal, if not "better".


Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: BMD] #3001966 08/06/19 04:53 AM
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Originally Posted by BMD
Just about any Bob Dylan song

+1000.

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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: GovernorSilver] #3001967 08/06/19 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by GovernorSilver


Mainly because of Marissa's over the top lead guitar

Patti Smith vibe with nasty guitars. I like the way Natalie Merchant did it more - she made it a bit more her own.

Why does no one who covers this song play the piano part correctly? It starts on the C#, not the root B.

....and WAY too much buss compression on this version. wall

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Blood, Sweat & Tears version of "God Bless The Child"


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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002006 08/06/19 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce
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Mainly because of Marissa's over the top lead guitar

Patti Smith vibe with nasty guitars. I like the way Natalie Merchant did it more - she made it a bit more her own.

Why does no one who covers this song play the piano part correctly? It starts on the C#, not the root B.

....and WAY too much buss compression on this version. wall

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That's interesting, my wife and I have been wanting to add this to our duo list. She's a good sight reader and downloaded the sheet music. I'm curious to look at that when I get home now!

Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002027 08/06/19 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce


Why does no one who covers this song play the piano part correctly? It starts on the C#, not the root B.

....and WAY too much buss compression on this version. wall

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Interesting! Will have another listen to the Patti Smith original.

This piano problem reminds me of the "extra guitar note" problem in covers of "Cissy Strut" by The Meters. Almost everybody, including well-known pros, plays the 2nd section of the guitar melody wrong, by adding at least one extra note. I learned this while listening to an interview with Meters bassist George Porter Jr.

Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: GovernorSilver] #3002042 08/06/19 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by GovernorSilver
[Interesting! Will have another listen to the Patti Smith original.


Patti version. Form takes it's time evolving...takes a while to get to the F#, and double as long to get to the octaved B at the end of the form.
C#, D, B, D, C#, D, E, D, C#, D, B, D, C#, D, F#, D, C#, D, B, D, C#, D, E, D, C#, D, B, D, C#, D, B (8va), D



Natalie version. Much more intricate form, but shorter. F# shows up right away, and the octaved B shortly after. E turn omitted entirely.
B, D, C#, D, F#, D, C#, D, B, D, C#, D, B (8va), D, C#, D


The Garbage one is doing it a third way! More like Patti's version, but shorte like Natalie, so no E turn...and no octaved B.
B, D, C#, D, B, D, C#, D,B, D, C#, D, F#, D, C#, D.

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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002043 08/06/19 06:32 PM
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Sting was reportedly "Driven To Tears" by this one. The stripped down arrangement lends itself to the more emotionally raw performance.



Her cover of the Pete Seeger classic replaces the usual folksy vibe with more of a "take you to church" gospel feel.


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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002069 08/06/19 09:37 PM
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Wow. No one's mentioned Ray Charles' version of "I Can't Stop Loving You", over Don Gibson.
An obscure personal fav is Dorothy Moore's "He Thinks I Still Care" over George Jones


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Financially, the greatest remake may be Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You", later done by Whitney Houston. One of my favorite entertainer interviews was Dolly Parton talking about the song. Elvis Presley wanted to record the song but his manager insisted that Dolly sign over half of the song writer royalties. She refused. When Whitney Houston recorded the song, according to the Dolly interview, "When Whitney recorded it I made enough in royalties on that song to BUY the Elvis catalog."

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With the 50th anniversary of Woodstock just around the corner, it seems fitting to add The Who's performance there of "Summertime Blues."



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Originally Posted by Geoff Grace
With the 50th anniversary of Woodstock just around the corner, it seems fitting to add The Who's performance there of "Summertime Blues."



Best,

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I like the Eddie Cochran version better because The Who's version, although musically superior, left out the punch lines at the end of each verse (Example; you can't use the care 'cause you didn't work a lick)

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I'm quite fond of this cover that Craig did of one of my tunes

It's completely different from the original and all the better for it, I think




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Word has it by people who saw a Leon Russel concert in the late 1970s (I didn't go, I was gigging) that Leon introduced "This Masquerade" by saying something like "With apologies to George Benson."

Yep, Mr. Benson did a better cover than the original.

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Re: Cover better than the original? [Re: Dave Bryce] #3002517 08/09/19 05:45 PM
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Forgot about the Russian Police Choir's covers




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Alanis Morissette's original studio version of "You Oughta Know" had an almost spastic quality to it, and as a result I can't feel what she is describing :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPcyTyilmYY

Her remake from "Jagged Little Pill Acoustic" has a more centered delivery that realizes the full potential of this composition, and lets me really feel it. When she cries out "It's not fair!" it just reaches right into me:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TUnVtu_JIk

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