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Covers done better than the originals

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While there are always good new songs written, the practice of covering "oldies" has always existed. I remember listening to songs in the late 1950s and my Mother would say to me, "you should have heard the original from 1930 something". I'd think "geez, did they have music back then ?"

I just thought of this when I saw a couple of posts by friends today about a Phil Collins' cover of "Groovy Kind Of Love", originally by Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders. That one doesn't qualify I don't think.

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Here's some Covers which I believe are better than the Originals.

I'm sure you'll be able to think of many others.

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Unchained Melody / The Righteous Brothers 1965 & 1990. Originally recorded in 1955 by Les Baxter, Al Hibbler, Roy Hamilton, Jimmy Young and others.

With A Little Help From My Friends / Joe Cocker 1968. Original The Beatles 1967.

Venus / Bananarama 1986. Original Shocking Blue 1970.

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When Will I Be Loved / Linda Ronstadt 1974. Original Everly Brothers 1960.

You Better Run / Pat Benatar 1980. Original Young Rascals 1967.

Baby It's You / Smith 1969. Original Shirelles 1962.

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Feeling Allright - Joe Cocker better than Traffic

Natural Woman - Aretha over Carol King

Say A Little Prayer - Aretha over Dionne Warwick

Good Lovin' - Rascals over the Olympics

Crazy - Patsy Cline over Willie Nelson ...

in my opinion

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Who Do You Love? - George Thorogood cover (Bo Diddley)

You Don't Know Me - Both Ray Charles and Ricky Nelson covers (Eddy Arnold)

Not Fade Away - Rolling Stones cover (Buddy Holly)

Done Somebody Wrong - Allman Bros cover (Elmore James)

Wild Horses - Old & in the Way cover (Rolling Stones)

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Venus / Bananarama 1986. Original Shocking Blue 1970.

I loved the Shocking Blue version... must be nostalgia, it was part of my teen-ager soundtrack.

I guess I prefer "I will survive" by Cake than the original by Gloria Gaynor...

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The Byrds' Mister Tambourine Man and Manfred Mann's Mighty Quinn. They're better than Bob Dylan's originals.

Anything originally written by Dylan and recorded by others is better than the original Dylan version. For example, "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix kicks the original Dylan version's butt any day!

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Dylan Purists wouldn't agree, but I do. I'm not crazy about him as a singer, but he's one of the all time great songwriters.

Just the opposite with Simon & Garfunkel. I believe their versions of Paul Simon penned songs were better than any covers, except one:

The Bangles version of "Hazy Shade Of Winter".

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ok, MOST OF THE BEATLES' COVER SONGS!

For example: Roll Over beethoven Original-Chuck Berry)

Matchbox(Original-Carl Perkins)

Almost every one exept Please Mr. Postman. Why would a girl be writing to a guy? Then the girl is in control of the relationship !!!

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Control ? That shouldn't be what any relationship is about.

Also the original version of Carl Perkins' Matchbox is a classic, as are all the other songs on the 3 CD Anthology I have.

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For example, "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix kicks the original Dylan version's butt any day!

I'll never understand why everyone in the world seems to like Hendrix' version better than Dylan's. I worship this original.

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Seeker, don't tell everyone I said so, but Dylan's voice is better than Hendrix's. Maybe I should check with my Son-In-Law. He worships both of them.

Dylan = Great Songwriter.

Hendrix = Great Guitarist.

Neither = Great Vocalist.

;)

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Seeker, don't tell everyone I said so, but Dylan's voice is better than Hendrix's. Maybe I should check with my Son-In-Law. He worships both of them.

Dylan = Great Songwriter.

Hendrix = Great Guitarist.

Neither = Great Vocalist.

;)

That's exactly what I think.

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This Flight Tonight by Nazareth over Joni Mitchell's original.

The rendition of the song Woodstock by Matthews Southern Comfort over either Joni Mitchell's version or CSNY's version.

From the above, one might assume that I don't like Joni Mitchell. Not true. She's awesome!!

Eric Clapton's version of I Shot The Sheriff over Bob Marley's original.

:happybanana: :happybanana:

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Eric Clapton's live acoustic version of LAYLA over his original* with Derek And The Dominos. Not fair really, because they're like two completely different songs.

* And which do we call the "original". The shorter or longer one ?

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