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Doug Centers
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 6:41pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I'm usually an original music snob, but once in a blue moon someone will do a cover that actually sounds better to me.

This will obviously be subjective but I would love to hear some samples from the forum. Who knows It may be time for another blue moon.

Here's one from me;Lenny Kravitz over The Guess Who for "American Woman" I was in denial for a while but there's no doubting it just sounds better to me. Very Strong!

Edited by Doug Centers on 13 January 2018 at 12:45pm
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Brian Kirk
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 6:58pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I like The Rockets studio version of “Oh Well” more than the Fleetwood Mac original because I saw them do it live. And it rocks. Saw Tom Petty do it live too, but it was just okay.
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 8:31pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I used to play quite a bit of covers back when I DJ'd online:

Off the top of my head:

Ace Frehley over Bonnie Tyler - Hide Your Heart (also like Molly Hatchet's and KISS's versions more than Bonnie Tyler's, but Ace's version is my favorite)

David Bowie over Iggy Pop - China Girl

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts over The Arrows - I Love Rock N' Roll

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts over Tommy James and the Shondells - Crimson and Clover

Judas Priest over Fleetwood Mac - The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)

Opeth over Alice In Chains - Would? 

Alice Cooper over Spirit - I Got A LIne On You (Alice has also performed it with the Hollywood Vampires)

Saxon over Christopher Cross - Ride Like The Wind

Whitesnake over The Beatles - Day Tripper 

Sky Eats Airplane over Limp Bizkit - Nookie

Korn over The Psychadelic Furs - Love My Way (never officially released; they were going to do an album of covers, but it was cancelled.)

And finally (for now), here's a weird one: 

I like Placebo's version of Kate Bush's song Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) more than the original version, but I actually like the new version Kate Bush did in 2012 over the Placebo version!














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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 9:53pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

It's rare that I like a cover version of a Beatles song better than the original, but I like Elton John's cover of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" better than the original. Hey, at least John Lennon still plays on the track.
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 1:08am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Come on, Matt! Everyone knows that the best version of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds was done by William Shatner!












(Yes, I'm kidding.)
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Neil Lindholm
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 8:10am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Hendrix over Dylan "All Along the Watchtower"

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Warren Scott
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 9:06am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I like Bruce Hornsby's version of "Jacob's Ladder" a little better than Huey Lewis'. It was written by Hornsby and his brother and his version is on his "Songs from the Southside" album, which came after The News' version.
I also prefer the Paul Young version of Hall and Oates' "Every Time You Go Away," though the original is great, too.
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Matthew Wilkie
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 12:34pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I like Placebo's version of Kate Bush's song Running Up That Hill

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Oh yes. Definitely agree with that. 
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John Leach
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 12:56pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

The Clash doing "I Fought the Law" over the Bobby Fuller Four version.
The Cramps version of "Goo Goo Muck" over Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads.

I like the Ramones version of "I Don't Want to Grow Up" better than Tom Waits original.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 2:02pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

It might not be a popular view, but I prefer the Pet Shop Boys' version of "Always On My Mind". 
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Doug Centers
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 3:42pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Brian Floyd I have a few of those on my list.

John I agree with you on the Ramones version.

I've got some music to listen to now.
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Peter Martin
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I think there are plenty of covers that are better than the originals. Fore the record, I think the Guess Who's original of American Woman pisses all over Lenny Kravitz's version, if only for that sonorous lead guitar.

10 covers that are superior to the originals:

Blue Suede Shoes: Elvis Presley (vs Carl Perkins)
Twist and Shout: Beatles (vs Top Notes)
Respect: Aretha Franklin (vs Otis Redding)
Everytime You Say Goodbye: Paul Young (vs Hall & Oates)
Joe Cocker: A Little Help From My Friends (vs the Beatles)
Knock on Wood: Amii Stewart (vs Eddie Floyd)
Jeff Buckley: Hallelujah (vs Leonard Cohen)
Phil Collins: You Can't Hurry Love (vs The Supremes)
Blues Brothers: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (vs Solomon Burke)
Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys (vs The Regents)

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Eric Smearman
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I like Santana’s cover of “She’s Not There” better than the Zombies’
original.

I also prefer Earth, Wind & Fire’s version of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You
Into My Life”.

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Bill Collins
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Posted: 14 January 2018 at 6:01am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Definitely Judas Priest over Fleetwood Mac on Green
Manalishi,i`ll add Priest over Baez on Diamonds and Rust
too,but their cover of Johnny B Goode is awful!

Any Rainbow version(Instrumental or with vocals) of
Still I`m Sad over The Yardbirds.

Transatlantic do a good mash up of I Need You which i
think is superior to the America and Beatles songs of
the same name.
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Warren Scott
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Posted: 14 January 2018 at 6:16am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

And this will really be contrary to popular opinion, but I like the Pet Shop Boys' mash-up of "Where the Streets Have No Name" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" better than the originals (though they are good, too).
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 14 January 2018 at 11:26am | IP Logged | 16 post reply


Opeth over Alice In Chains - Would? 

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Blasphemy  
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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 14 January 2018 at 2:20pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

The Replacements over Kiss - "Black Diamond"

Hüsker Dü over the Byrds - "Eight Miles High"
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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 14 January 2018 at 9:09pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Everytime You Say Goodbye: Paul Young (vs Hall & Oates)

It's "Every Time You Go Away", and the Hall & Oates original blows Paul Young's cover away.

I'll second Eric's "Got To Get You Into My Life" by EWF. Probably because that's the version I heard first. Like Matt, I also prefer Elton's LSD* over the Beatles' (again, the version I heard first).

*Lennon denied the connection. But, come on...


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Bob Simko
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Foo Fighters BAND ON THE RUN and Manic Street Preachers UMBRELLA
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 15 January 2018 at 8:59am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

It's "Every Time You Go Away", and the Hall & Oates original blows Paul Young's cover away
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Yes, indeed the title is Every Time You Go Away, my clumsy mistake. We'll have to disagree on which version is better. I prefer Young's phrasing on the chorus where he gives greater weight to 'go' and find Darryl Hall's reading of that line as more prosaic and consequently less of a hook. I also like the sitar in Young's version and the richer production.
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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 15 January 2018 at 9:21am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Darryl Hall's reading of that line as more prosaic and consequently less of a hook. I also like the sitar in Young's version and the richer production.

See, I like the organ and simple guitar of the Hall and Oates version. And Hall's read sounds more like a desperate guy making a plea. Young sounds like a dude just singing a pretty song.


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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 15 January 2018 at 4:17pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

I forgot this one:

Jimi Hendrix over Chuck Berry: "Johnny B. Goode"

I mean, just listen to this. Jimi Hendrix was the real king of rock & roll. Elvis? Pfft.
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Robbie Parry
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 Adam Schulman wrote:
The Replacements over Kiss - "Black Diamond"

Reported, blocked and unfriended. ;-)
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Brian Rhodes
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Posted: 15 January 2018 at 5:38pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

Seconded, Robbie.

I'll let a lot of KISS knocks slide. But you go after Black Diamond, and there could be a dust up.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 15 January 2018 at 6:26pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Yes. I mean, the audacity of Adam, eh? If he shows up in the UK, he will not be getting a pint of Guinness from me! 
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