My favorite cover ever is the Ramones singing "Needles and Pins"....
Sun 14 Feb, 2010 09:53 pm
It's impossible to top Ennio Morricone's original brilliant act of iconic film scoring but Metallica does give it their best shot....
MetallicaEcstasy of Gold
Sun 14 Feb, 2010 09:59 pm
I really like M. Ward's reinvention of "Let's Dance" -- not sure I'd say it's better than Bowie's, just a completely different/same song.
Mr. Cash did a fine job with Cohen's "Bird on a Wire," as well. But if you're making a list of great covers, you're probably going to have a lot of songs originally performed by Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen...
Cowboy Junkies did a great "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" on the Trinity Sessions. (Good version of "Sweet Jane" on the same album...)
And I'd definitely take the Clash's versions of "Police and Thieves" and "I Fought the Law" over the originals...
My only quibble is the actual recording (on the CD) sounds like it was recorded in a dusty mop closet rather then a professional studio and it's the first and only time I ever had a complaint against the technical production of an album before.
In the movie and on this video, it sounds fine. On the CD, it sounds like crap.
Mon 15 Feb, 2010 12:14 am
Great thread.I don't consider too many covers better or worse than the original; to me they're just different. A good example is Lion Tamer's pick of Dreams by Hatchet.
The Allman version is a grand symphonic piece with a superb vocal and sorrowful organ.The Hatchet version is powerful guitar driven Southern Rock.
I've never heard a live band play the Allman version but countless bands in this area feature the Hatchet version.
Mon 15 Feb, 2010 12:36 am
Robert Gentel wrote:
Dunno, I think Jimi Hendrix would butcher a Dylan song like Forever Young or Mr. Tambourine.
I dunno either. But I think that it would simply become a different (and possibly better) song.
Mon 15 Feb, 2010 12:43 am
Here's some originals....which version do you like better?
I mostly like Sarah Blaskos cover of flame trees better but sometimes my mood calls for the cold chisel classic version.
original by aussie pub rock band Cold Chisel
cover by sarah blasko for the (extreemly underated) film Little Fish
Mon 15 Feb, 2010 06:12 am
for pete's guitar solo @ 1:19...
Mon 15 Feb, 2010 07:56 am
Isaac Hayes stole Glen Campbells's "By The Time I Get to Phoenix". Also Burt Bacharach/Hal Davis/Dionne Warwick's "Walk On By" and "Close To You".
And it was criminal the way Luther Vandross took ownership of "A House Is Not a Home".
"Respect" was originally Otis Redding's before Aretha took it over.
Willie Nelson's "Crazy" became a Patsy Cline staple.
To be fair, the cover seems to sample the original and has numerous visual hommages to the writer (who you should all recognize). Personally, I really prefer the cover, and was surprised at who'd written it.