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A couple of famous classic covers:

This one's often mentioned, but seldom heard side by side. Everyone has their preference (ok, EVERYONE like's Manfred Mann's best)...but here's a chance to compare that whole deuce/douche thing.

Blinded By The Light ~ Da Boss

Manfred Mann ~ The douche version :P

Knockin' On Heavens Door ~ Guns 'N' Roses... a great cover, no doubt about it.

Dylan's Original ~ Twenty years earlier... An entirely different song. I still like this one best.

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Springsteen's version is so much better than Manfred Mann's overblown cover. I have a hard time choosing between the GNR and the Dylan, just because they're both great in different ways, but I'd probably give the edge to Dylan for writing the genius song.

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The Australian band Cold Chisel do a really good live version of Knockin' on Heaven's Door, better than the G 'n R one I think. But nothing beats the original. Such a haunting song.

Anyway, did I mention Smashing Pumpkin's version of Landslide? I love that.

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Here are a couple of originals and cover CDs I've Made

Originals and Remakes 1

1~We’ve Only Just Begun~The Carpenters

2~We’ve Only Just Begun~Grant Lee Buffalo

3~Fell in Love With a Girl~The White Stripes

4~Fell in Love With a Boy~Joss Stone

5~Your Love Keeps Lifting Me (Higher and Higher)~Jackie Wilson

6~Your Love Has Lifted Me(Higher and Higher)~Rita Coolidge

7~Take Me to the River~Al Green

8~Take Me to the River~The Talking Heads

9~Love Hurts~Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris

10~Love Hurts~Nazareth

11~Killing Me Softly~Roberta Flack

12~Killing Me Softly~The Fugees

13~Because the Night~Patti Smith

14~Because the Night~10,000 Maniacs

15~To Love Somebody~The Bee Gees

16~To Love Somebody~Janis Joplin

17~The First Cut Is the Deepest~Cat Stevens

18~The First Cut Is the Deepest~Rod Stewart

19~Wonderwall~Oasis

20~Wonderwall~Ryan Adams

Originals and Remakes 2

1~Boys Don’t Cry~The Cure

2~Boys Don’t Cry~Grant Lee Phillips

3~Catch the Wind~Donovan

4~Catch the Wind~Claudine Longet

5~Femme Fatale~The Velvet Underground

6~Femme Fatale~R.E.M.

7~God Only Knows~The Beach Boys

8~God Only Knows~Joss Stone

9~Jolene~Dolly Parton

10~Jolene~The White Stripes

11~Laisse Tomber Les Filles~France Gall

12~Chick Habit~April March

13~One Fine Day~The Chiffons

14~One Fine Day~Natalie Merchant

15~Return of the Grievous Angel~Gram Parsons

16~Return of the Grievous Angel~Whiskeytown

17~River~Joni Mitchell

18~River~Sarah McLachlan

19~The Show Must Go On~Three Dog Night

20~The Show Must Go On~Leo Sayer

21~Super Star~The Carpenters

22~Super Star~Sonic Youth

23~Tumbling Dice~The Rolling Stones

24~Tumbling Dice~Linda Ronstadt

and on deck for a third CD I have

Always Something There to Remind Me~Sandie Shaw/Naked Eyes

Tainted Love~Gloria Jones/Soft Cell

Turn the Beat Around~Vicki Sue Robinson/Gloria Estefan

Down in a Hole~Alice in Chanis/Ryan Adams

I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself~Dusty Springfield/The White Stripes

Conquest~Peggy Lee/The White Stripes

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I heard about the Aussie Floyd a long time ago! I never checked them out though..

As for Blinded By The Light, I think i like Bruce's version better. I love that whole album, especially Lost in the Flood.

One cover that I like better than the original is, don't laugh at me :blush: , Ugly Kid Joe's cover of Cat's in the Cradle.

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I just saw the post about Hallelujah

I really love the John Cale version of that! I think that was the one.. Whichever one was on Scrubs.

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15~To Love Somebody~The Bee Gees

16~To Love Somebody~Janis Joplin

I was deceived to hear Janis Joplin´s version... I thought she would have done something really amazing but no... the original is still the best.

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and on deck for a third CD I have

Always Something There to Remind Me~Sandie Shaw/Naked Eyes

Tainted Love~Gloria Jones/Soft Cell

Turn the Beat Around~Vicki Sue Robinson/Gloria Estefan

Down in a Hole~Alice in Chanis/Ryan Adams

I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself~Dusty Springfield/The White Stripes

Conquest~Peggy Lee/The White Stripes

Forgot to add:

Too drunk to ...~DK/Nouvelle Vague

Mr. Brightside~The Killers/Paul Anka

I found this on My Old Kentucky Blog-scroll to half way down the page to find the MOKB cover project. I particularly liked Damien Rice's cover of When Doves Cry.

My Old Kentucky Blog

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"It's A Long Way To The Top" ~ AC/DC

covered by Motorhead and quite well done too in my opinion. It was on an album dedicated to AC/DC for rockin the world like no one else can! :rockon:

All songs are AC/DC covers, but this one is the one that sticks out for me. Of course, I'm a big fan of Motorhead as well! :crazy:

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I love Johnny Winter's version...as a matter of fact I love Johnny Winter's music. I've seen him play many times, but the one I remember most was in NYC and he played with Muddy Waters. It was probably 1980-81....Muddy died a year or so later. Everybody was in fine form that night.

Sidebar: I went to a bar after the show and had a few drinks (No this isn't one of Muddy's lyrics) and when I left the bar I accidently sliced two of my fingers on a piece of glass. The amount of blood was amazing. I spent most of the night in the Emergency Room of Lenox Hill Hospital. 9 stitches.

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