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GREAT COVERS OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS

For many an original song that they love cannot and will not ever be duplicated by a cover, but there are many songs that have been done equally (debatebly) well by others..

So do you have favorites?

 

What are your favorite covers of favorite songs?

 

 

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Sorry you din't like my critique...oh well.
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@jm2422 wrote:
Sorry you din't like my critique...oh well.

It's not about your critique. You're a musician and I'm just a fan. My expectations are different. But maybe you were a little tough on the band and "cover guitar"? 😉  Oh well, from what I read, Ritchie's had more than his share of criticism . . . and he never seems to care. He plays what he likes, the way he likes it. Maybe that's why I'm a Blackmore junkie. 🙂

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That's not my intent. The girl's voice doesn't work for that song. If she was doing Pentangle, or Celtic folk tunes she'd be perfect. Joe Lynn Turner sounded like he was backing off to not blow her out on the record.
The guitar work on the cover was very professional. But you as a fan know it doesn't have Blackmore's personality. I love Blackmore too. We are in agreement there. Rebels like him will always have critics. But I'm not one of them.
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“Timeless”.  This a tribute to Hank Williams CD released about 20 years ago. I realize that the replies to this forum are, by definition, subjective but I think that every artist who sang one  of his songs, from Dylan to Keith Richards to Keb’ Mo’ to Sheryl Crow did a great job of interpreting the songs while keeping the homage format. In particular Lucinda Williams crushes it when she sings “Cold, Cold Heart”. Amazing.

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Thanks for pointing me to Lucinda Williams' version of Cold Cold Heart.  There was a lot of Hank Williams going on in our house when I was growing up and I love them all.  Another little known cover of a Hank Williams song is Please Help Me by Puff Johnson (link below).  I found her first CD quite by accident at a listening station at my local music store years ago.  I was very impressed and purchased the CD, and kept waiting for a follow-up to come out, but it never did, although she did release another single Over and Over that was on the soundtrack of the movie First Wives Club.  I later discovered that Johnson was diagnosed with cervical cancer around 2007 and died of the disease on June 24, 2013 at age 40.  Her version of Please Help Me is not country, but is absolutely beautiful:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8PpfQEcMS4. 

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JIMMIE DALE GILMORE DOES A GREAT VERSION OF HANK'S "SO LONESOME I COULD CRY" LUCINDA CONTRIBUTES 2 GREAT COVERS TO THE COMPILATION"GOD DON'T NEVER CHANGE".
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Cover . . . 1967 (reimagined)

 

Dazed and Confused - The Yardbirds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ffBRhtWjEQ

 

Cover . . . 1969 (reinvented)

 

Dazed and Confused - Led Zepplin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EieHafkHbU

 

But did you ever hear the original? Can't say I ever did.

 

Dazed and Confused - Jake Holmes (1967)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTsvs-pAGDc

 

Holmes later filed suit against Page for copyright infringement as Page took credit on the Zepplin release without mention of Holmes. It was eventually settled out of court and credit was changed to "inspired by" Jake Holmes. 

 

 

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Jimmy Page was the last in long line of Yardbird lead guitarists. Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck before him. Then became Zeppelin lead man too. But Jimmy did rip off and take credit for stuff he did not write in those days too. This song, and Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King to name a few. He still is a helluva rock guitar player. Also it'll never be disputed that Zeppelin wasn't an iconic band of the era. I saw them in 1972, Take my word for it, they were. I've played guitar for 50 years. Take my word for it, the boy can play.

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“I’ve Got Dreams to Remember”  (Otis Redding).

 

Covering any Otis Redding song is risky business, but I think Toots Hibbert (of Toots & The Maytals) did a great job. The album is “Toots In Memphis”. Kind of like Reggae meets Memphis soul.

 

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Original: Stay (Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs)

 

Cover: Stay (Jackson Browne)

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Great choice. It's a live cut, starts with Song for the Roadies, then transitions to Stay.
It's a fabulous live cut, that had a new life with Jackson Browne. That band that backed
him on the road those years was amazing too . Lee Sklaar/bass, Russ Kunkel/drums,
and the great David Lindley on guitar. Jackson at the height of his powers. I absolutely
commend your choice as great!!!
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Thank-you very much; that’s very kind. I think it was from his Running on Empty CD. My wife and I have seen him live twice. Good stuff.
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@Butterfly565 wrote:

"My Sweet Lord"  by George Harrison

 

tribute concert for George....Billy Preston and many, many Others!

 


Love it! Lots RnR royalty present, for sure!! Thanks for posting it. One of my favorite GH songs. 

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From the Kennedy Center Honors of 2018 -

 

Believe - Adam Lambert, tribute cover honoring Cher

 

 

 

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Diamonds and Rust - Blackmore's Night, cover of a Joan Baez classic

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj1uUwWI4ig

 

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Something even a little more stunning . . . 

 

Diamonds and Rust - cover by Judas Priest (wow!)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIC7KQPDuDc

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Nice job by Blackmore. Girl sang well. That's a song that will always be Joan Baez's tune because it something she did for Dylan when they were lovers. Blackmore's version is beautiful. Joan's has the
power of living the moment, emotional attachment.
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Only the Lonely - cover by Chris Isaak, tribute to Roy Orbison, 2017 ACL Hall of Fame

 

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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Chris Isaak also had a nice cover version of Solitary Man by Neil Diamond.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLur2fHn3JI

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IMO, there are maybe a handful of bands that could ever attempt to cover Deep Purple, especially MkII with Ian Gillan.  Metallica is one of those bands, and here are a couple of really good ones!

 

Smoke on the Water  (I like the way that they revved it up and gave it the Metallica treatment).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8Hw6kj4G_o&t=0s&list=PLT89KwNLUEaPBoj9XMYwVYI6kPp-KsHbl&index=6

 

When a Blind Man Cries (from the album ReMachined,  A Tribute to Deep Purple Machine Head)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jFVEZGoSyw&list=PLT89KwNLUEaPBoj9XMYwVYI6kPp-KsHbl&index=6

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Love your picks, but try these 2: Bonnie Raitt's version of ":Runaway", Great tune but absolutely slays Johnny Rivers version...scary. Annie Lennox doing Talking Heads "Take Me to the River". Killer!! The woman can flat out sing!!!
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@jm2422 wrote:
Love your picks, but try these 2: Bonnie Raitt's version of ":Runaway", Great tune but absolutely slays Johnny Rivers version...scary. Annie Lennox doing Talking Heads "Take Me to the River". Killer!! The woman can flat out sing!!!

These covers are not only well done, they redefine them in new way. 

 

Runaway - the original Del Shannon version was early 60's rock and a classic for the period, Bonnie Raitt gives it a more R&B sound. Yeah, she kills it!

 

Take Me to the River - the original Al Green was a soul classic, Talking Heads went alternative, and Annie more pop-rock flavor. All versions are very different.

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YOU'VE JUST REMINDED ME OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE (& IMPROBABLE)COVERS: JOHNNY CASH SINGING KURT COBAIN'S "HURT'. IT IS HAUNTING & CASH MAKES IT HIS OWN.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt1Pwfnh5pc
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wY7jt9aBnSc AL GREEN & LYLE LOVETT SOUND ETHEREAL TOGETHER!
SUPERGIRL, NO REALLY I MEAN IT! HER REAL NAME & MINE ARE THE SAME( FIRST 2 NAMES ARE)
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YOU'RE RIGHT- THEY'RE ALL STUNNING. BONNIE RAITT ALSO KILLS IT ( WITH JOHN LEE HOOKER) ON " I'M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE." DITTO JOHN LEE HOOKER AND/OR CARLOS SANTANA ON "THE HEALER". ALSO AL GREEN'S "UNCHAINED MELODY". AL GREEN & LYLE LOVETT- "FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY."
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James, Kirk, and the boys great job on the vocals and guitar work. Lars was a bit busy with the machine gun tom toms. All in all a great cover. That band still rocks. JM2422
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I recently watched a replay of the John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert (Dec 2015) on AXS-TV. One of the most amazing performances that evening was this cover of Watching the Wheels by Aloe Blacc.

 

 

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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This may be one of the best rock covers ever - from 2012 Kennedy Center Honors

 

Stairway to Heaven - cover by Heart for honorees Led Zeppelin

 

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” - Jimi Hendrix
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This is bound to bring a tear ...  RIP Chris Cornell   nothing compares to youHeart

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