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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:42 am

Maybe we need a covers thread?

Anyway, Etta James here singing one of my favourite toons ever - and the second link has Beyoncé singing the same song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOhk7Y9I9nQ&feature=related

I think that version goes places other songs can't reach.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cwH1v618GY&feature=related


Pale imitation..?
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:52 am

Kate P wrote:
Maybe we need a covers thread?

Anyway, Etta James here singing one of my favourite toons ever - and the second link has Beyoncé singing the same song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOhk7Y9I9nQ&feature=related

I think that version goes places other songs can't reach.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cwH1v618GY&feature=related


Pale imitation..?

Covers thread ?? Why not - you 've got the first two posts of it here ! Go for it girl it's little women's Christmas after all.

Here's 7 minutes of Diana Krall singing the great Joni Mitchell number A Case of You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGrsc5FeQDs
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:06 pm

New Cover versions thread inspired by Kate P on the amateur musicians thread ! Post only what you think is the best here !

For those just in from MARS and are hearing Alexandra Burke on the radio, THIS is the finest cover of Cohen's Hallelujah -- EVER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AratTMGrHaQ
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:53 pm

After extensive research (!), I have finally decided that this is the best non-Roses version of "I am the Resurrection" I have come across. And at that , it's only the second half of the song, but gets all the main Squire efforts covered. This is not an easy thing to cover and the guys here have done a great job.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrGxogigWzc&feature=related
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:52 pm

Slim Buddha wrote:
After extensive research (!), I have finally decided that this is the best non-Roses version of "I am the Resurrection" I have come across. And at that , it's only the second half of the song, but gets all the main Squire efforts covered. This is not an easy thing to cover and the guys here have done a great job.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrGxogigWzc&feature=related

That's always the point at which I turn that song off, when it goes all jazz solo, but they do cover it very accurately indeed.

Best covers that spring to mind:

For totally transforming a song:
Hendrix doing All Along the Watchtower
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=uLInri58Vy4

For creating a new crossover music:
The Clash doing Police and Thieves
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=BKd6Ghl17x0

For sheer surreal weirdness:
The Fall doing Lost in Music
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=6P0OYWZeiCI

And finally, the worst, which demands for anyone participating, even remotely, the ever-lasting fires of hell, for of them it was truly prophesied - "And THE EARTH OPENED HER MOUTH, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive INTO THE PIT, and the EARTH CLOSED UPON THEM:"
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=daAG5JfNNFQ
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:36 pm

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Slim Buddha wrote:After extensive research (!), I have finally decided that this is the best non-Roses version of "I am the Resurrection" I have come across. And at that , it's only the second half of the song, but gets all the main Squire efforts covered. This is not an easy thing to cover and the guys here have done a great job.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrGxogigWzc&feature=related


That's always the point at which I turn that song off, when it goes all jazz solo, but they do cover it very accurately indeed.

Actually, that's one of the bits of the song that I particularly like...

Slim Buddha's got me thinking all Stone Rosy the last couple of days.

I think that's the second time you've referred to the Clash in as many days, toxic - was it you who quoted how 'the truth is only known by guttersnipes?' Maybe we need a Clash thread too... (she says longingly).

I'm not a huge David Gray fan, but this cover is stunning

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=ib3mrQjvN3w

It's no exaggeration to say that it rescues the original below

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=GrMj8O40u_4&feature=related
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:41 pm

Kate P wrote:


I think that's the second time you've referred to the Clash in as many days, toxic - was it you who quoted how 'the truth is only known by guttersnipes?' Maybe we need a Clash thread too... (she says longingly).

No, twasn't me, I always preferred the Pistols, though London Calling is a great record (well, double record)...
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:48 pm

Isn't it?

Fave song on it?
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 9:49 pm

toxic avenger wrote:
Slim Buddha wrote:
After extensive research (!), I have finally decided that this is the best non-Roses version of "I am the Resurrection" I have come across. And at that , it's only the second half of the song, but gets all the main Squire efforts covered. This is not an easy thing to cover and the guys here have done a great job.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrGxogigWzc&feature=related

That's always the point at which I turn that song off, when it goes all jazz solo, but they do cover it very accurately indeed.

Best covers that spring to mind:

For totally transforming a song:
Hendrix doing All Along the Watchtower
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=uLInri58Vy4

For creating a new crossover music:
The Clash doing Police and Thieves
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=BKd6Ghl17x0

For sheer surreal weirdness:
The Fall doing Lost in Music
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=6P0OYWZeiCI

And finally, the worst, which demands for anyone participating, even remotely, the ever-lasting fires of hell, for of them it was truly prophesied - "And THE EARTH OPENED HER MOUTH, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive INTO THE PIT, and the EARTH CLOSED UPON THEM:"
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=daAG5JfNNFQ

I see, toxic. More Brown than Squire, eh?
With "Resurrection", I usually turn it up when Brown finishes and drift off to Planet Squire and let the man do his stuff.

Thanks for posting Mark E.'s demented version of "Lost in Music". A true gem!
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:09 pm

Kate P wrote:
Isn't it?

Fave song on it?

Maybe 'Death or Glory', maybe 'Guns of Brixton' for the bass. Not sure.
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:19 pm

This probably won't be a popular opinion.

But Leona Lewis's cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" is AMAZING.
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:27 pm

This was the highlight of one of the best gigs I was ever at. It was a free concert in Treptow Park in Berlin in 1994 sponsored by Nokia and the cover is of ZZ Top's "Gimme All Your Lovin'". I quite like the inclusion of part of the Soviet Union old anthem but could have done without the intermittent whistling of the Russian Army officer in this. It was great fun, nonetheless. As were the versions of Sweet Home Alabama, Just a Gigolo, Those were the Days, Delilah and the rest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSYpYoTEKV8
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:34 pm

evercloserunion wrote:
This probably won't be a popular opinion.

But Leona Lewis's cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" is AMAZING.
'Tis indeed a fine rendition of that song.
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=pcpWQC9prm0

That other pair which Kate P put up - the David Gray and Soft Cell one - now that's one where, like the Jimi Hendrix cover of the Dylan song, the cover claims the rights to the song - sometimes the cover version becomes the spirit of the song.

Matthews Southern Comfort did Joni Mitchell's Woodstock which is probably better than Joni's, sorry Joni. More LSD in that version.

Jack L does some nice covers too - his version of 'Crazy' is tasty although the original is excellent.
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=1UE-tS7cqNc
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:41 pm

While on the subject of Hendrix, Audi, it is widely accepted that "Hey Joe", despite being an American folk song, is basically his. His is the definitive version. A great cover should involve either a faithful homage to the original or a total reworking of the arrangement to produce an equally good version of the song but in a totally different style. A very hard act to bring off successfully. But in this version of Hey Joe, I believe Willy DeVille succeeds. I adore this version of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp8f2IYs08c
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:12 pm

Slim Buddha wrote:
While on the subject of Hendrix, Audi, it is widely accepted that "Hey Joe", despite being an American folk song, is basically his. His is the definitive version. A great cover should involve either a faithful homage to the original or a total reworking of the arrangement to produce an equally good version of the song but in a totally different style. A very hard act to bring off successfully. But in this version of Hey Joe, I believe Willy DeVille succeeds. I adore this version of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp8f2IYs08c
Hadn't heard that before but I like it too now. Sounds a bit like the 'How Bizarre' song from OMC ..

Is Hey Joe really a traditional song ?

Two other great covers: Springsteen covering Tom Waits' Jersey Girl even though the original is perfect and Frankie Goes to Hollywood covering the Springsteen number Born to Run 'live' on Top of the Pops.
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:15 pm

evercloserunion wrote:
This probably won't be a popular opinion.

But Leona Lewis's cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" is AMAZING.

scratch It's one of the songs of the moment that makes me want to turn off the radio; I can see the appeal but I don't like it at all.
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:19 pm

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Two other great covers: Springsteen covering Tom Waits' Jersey Girl even though the original is perfect and Frankie Goes to Hollywood covering the Springsteen number Born to Run 'live' on Top of the Pops.

Springsteen's Jersey Girl is brilliant - again one of those that makes its own space, is almost its own original.
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:20 pm

Slim Buddha wrote:


I see, toxic. More Brown than Squire, eh?
With "Resurrection", I usually turn it up when Brown finishes and drift off to Planet Squire and let the man do his stuff.

Thanks for posting Mark E.'s demented version of "Lost in Music". A true gem!

Never a massive fan of 'Madchester', but will give the Roses' first album credit where credit's due (not the self indulgent sh1te that 'The Second Coming' was, when it eventually came out...).

Actually, Mark E. Smith had most of them down to a tee, I thought...
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=JNUDKlQ_s_I
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:22 am

Heard this on the wireless a few days ago. Amazing.

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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:38 am

The King of the cover versions has to be Jose Feliciano
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:18 am

Auditor #9 wrote:
Slim Buddha wrote:
While on the subject of Hendrix, Audi, it is widely accepted that "Hey Joe", despite being an American folk song, is basically his. His is the definitive version. A great cover should involve either a faithful homage to the original or a total reworking of the arrangement to produce an equally good version of the song but in a totally different style. A very hard act to bring off successfully. But in this version of Hey Joe, I believe Willy DeVille succeeds. I adore this version of it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp8f2IYs08c
Hadn't heard that before but I like it too now. Sounds a bit like the 'How Bizarre' song from OMC ..

Is Hey Joe really a traditional song ?

Two other great covers: Springsteen covering Tom Waits' Jersey Girl even though the original is perfect and Frankie Goes to Hollywood covering the Springsteen number Born to Run 'live' on Top of the Pops.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the authorship of Hey Joe. It certainly wasn't Hendrix, but he more or less made it his. Wikipedia is not much help in determining the origins of it. There have been countless versions of it but, apart from Hendrix, I like Willy DeVille's version best as it has a refreshing originality to it. I like Willy DeVille anyway, especially in the way he finds clothes that only he could wear (if you follow what I mean).
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:51 am

Someone mentioned the Clash but not their excellent cover of I fought the Law - an old 1950's standard.

My other fav cover is The Pogues version of Paddy on the Railway.

Basically I reckon that you can't go wrong with a punk cover of an old standard. I'm sure they are other examples but non I can think of off hand.

Sorry, I can't get into youtube here otherwise i'd provide links..
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:50 am

shutuplaura wrote:
Someone mentioned the Clash but not their excellent cover of I fought the Law - an old 1950's standard.

My other fav cover is The Pogues version of Paddy on the Railway.

Basically I reckon that you can't go wrong with a punk cover of an old standard. I'm sure they are other examples but non I can think of off hand.

Sorry, I can't get into youtube here otherwise i'd provide links..

I suppose this isn't exactly a cover, more a reinterpretation
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:03 am

shutuplaura wrote:
Someone mentioned the Clash but not their excellent cover of I fought the Law - an old 1950's standard.

My other fav cover is The Pogues version of Paddy on the Railway.

Basically I reckon that you can't go wrong with a punk cover of an old standard. I'm sure they are other examples but non I can think of off hand.

Sorry, I can't get into youtube here otherwise i'd provide links..

I fought the Law is a great cover, an old Sonny Curtis track.

You can definitely go wrong with punk covers though...
http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=BzDbJ2YhQkQ
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PostSubject: Re: The Greatest Professional Cover Versions - Ever!   Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:25 am

Yes, absolutely - I fogot to mention probably the greatest of them all - Sid V's cover of My Way. Couldn't play, couldn't sing and couldn't remember the words, great stuff!
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