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  posted on 7/16/2017 at 11:31 AM
https://www.facebook.com/darrellscott/videos/10154289810721217/

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzkPZH5H6mw

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  posted on 7/16/2017 at 12:28 PM
Great thread idea. The Darrell Scott recorded at Grass Valley - nice little venue, great sound - just saw Hot Tuna there in Feb.

Covers, well of course a stampede of people covering Bob Dylan, so won't mention Hendrix Watchtower or Grateful Dead doing Baby Blue, or Sarah Jarosz singing Ring Them Bells . . .

Or all the covers of Chuck Berry, no point listing them all, or all the old blues numbers, to where "better" becomes debatable anyways . . .

"Cocaine" Clapton doing JJ Cale. "Better" I guess, slick production, guitar wizardry, but I still like JJ's original more. Way more. But Clapton does it up way better in a lot of ways.

"It's All Over Now" Stones version blew Womack into vapor.

"Hey Joe" Jimi Hendrix owned this one. Original by ?, can of worms there, last I heard was Chet Powers (aka Dino Valenti of Quicksilver), but wiki just confused it all with a 1962 copyright by a coffeehouse circuit player name of Billy Roberts, so who the heck knows?











 

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  posted on 7/16/2017 at 02:53 PM
Much better than Nancy Sinatra:

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

 

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  posted on 7/16/2017 at 03:24 PM
Hahahaha Leningrad Cowboys ! nice. smoked Nancy Sinatra for sure.

Gloves are off now, man.

Laibach - I've Got a Feeling

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  posted on 7/16/2017 at 04:10 PM
Don't know about "better" but I love this cover of "Spooky" by Dusty Springfield

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR-azAo5wZY

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  posted on 7/16/2017 at 06:41 PM
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Don't know about "better" but I love this cover of "Spooky" by Dusty Springfield

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR-azAo5wZY

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Still like the Classics IV better.

 

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  posted on 7/16/2017 at 07:31 PM
"Baby Don't Ya Do It" is a Motown song that The Band reworked and made their own.

The original is good, but The Band's live version is so wonderful. The Who do a cool version too, but The Band wins.

I also think their "Atlantic City" beats Bruce's original.

However, no cover version of Bob Dylan's "Blind Willie McTell," not even The Band's or the ABB's or Mick Taylor's versions, beats the wonderful studio outtake with Dylan on piano and Mick Taylor on slide.

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  posted on 7/16/2017 at 07:41 PM
First one I thought of was "Atlantic City". Any version that Levon is singing... He totally makes it his own.
 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 07:32 AM
I like Super Session's "Season of the Witch " better than Donovan's.
 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 10:10 AM
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I like Super Session's "Season of the Witch " better than Donovan's.


it is very odd that I was just going to post this.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 11:50 AM
Miles and Coltrane did some good covers. I'll take Nina Simone's serious version of Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues over Dylan's original. At least on some days I like Wilson Pickett's Hey Jude more than the Beatles' version. And I like Luther Allison's cover of You Can't Always Get What You Want, but I say that as someone who's not really a Stones fan.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 12:10 PM
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At least on some days I like Wilson Pickett's Hey Jude more than the Beatles' version.


With Duane Allman on guitar, yeah ! (Clapton talks for a couple minutes before number, how this song is when he first heard Duane)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5B1Vfdk7W8



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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 12:19 PM
Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert CD is chock full of Exhibit A examples. (not a knock on Dylan as he wrote those classics).

Atlantic City by The Band was a great call, too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdSkXMnYH9I

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 12:20 PM
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I like Super Session's "Season of the Witch " better than Donovan's.


it is very odd that I was just going to post this.


good call


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Miles and Coltrane did some good covers.

agreed, too many to count

I always think of the Beatles Twist and Shout and You Really Got a Hold on Me as being better than the original

Grateful Dead - Morning Dew

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 01:16 PM
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I like Super Session's "Season of the Witch " better than Donovan's.


it is very odd that I was just going to post this.


good call


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Miles and Coltrane did some good covers.

agreed, too many to count

I always think of the Beatles Twist and Shout and You Really Got a Hold on Me as being better than the original

Grateful Dead - Morning Dew



great call re: "Twist and Shout." Trumped even "Please Please Me" on their debut album

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 01:23 PM
Conversely, I Wanna Be Your Man and Hey Jude, which the Stones and Wicked Wilson covered shortly after the Beatles released them, are real good versions, Especially Hey Jude
the boys' take of Money I always thought was one of their very best covers -- they did Chuck proud too with their takes of ROBeethoven & Rock n Roll Music

Also shortly after the original was cut, Dave Mason covered the Eagles Take It to the Limit -- Dave also covered All Along The Watchtower about this time, leading to Jimi's definitive version, & on & on

William Tell's Overture is 0 compared to the Lone Ranger's

 

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Conversely, I Wanna Be Your Man and Hey Jude, which the Stones and Wicked Wilson covered shortly after the Beatles released them, are real good versions, Especially Hey Jude
the boys' take of Money I always thought was one of their very best covers -- they did Chuck proud too with their takes of ROBeethoven & Rock n Roll Music

Also shortly after the original was cut, Dave Mason covered the Eagles Take It to the Limit -- Dave also covered All Along The Watchtower about this time, leading to Jimi's definitive version, & on & on

William Tell's Overture is 0 compared to the Lone Ranger's


Duane does get an assist on Hey Jude.

And don't think anyone's mentioned Joe Cocker (or if they did I'm too lazy to look) but pretty much every song he sang was better than the original "WALHFMF" "Feeling All Right" "Bird On A Wire" "The Letter". He was a one man best ever cover band

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 01:54 PM
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I like Super Session's "Season of the Witch " better than Donovan's.


it is very odd that I was just going to post this.


The live version is even better than the studio, IMO.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 02:02 PM
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Conversely, I Wanna Be Your Man and Hey Jude, which the Stones and Wicked Wilson covered shortly after the Beatles released them, are real good versions, Especially Hey Jude

The Stones' I Wanna Be Your Man came out first. The story is that John and Paul finished writing the song in the studio with the Stones watching when they heard the band was looking for a new single.
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And don't think anyone's mentioned Joe Cocker (or if they did I'm too lazy to look) but pretty much every song he sang was better than the original "WALHFMF" "Feeling All Right" "Bird On A Wire" "The Letter". He was a one man best ever cover band

Great choice.

 

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I like Super Session's "Season of the Witch " better than Donovan's.


it is very odd that I was just going to post this.


The live version is even better than the studio, IMO.


Al Kooper does a great medley of Witch/You Can't Always Get What You want; you can find it ou you tube (can't access at work)

And I do hope Al is OK - he didn't do his yearly June Birthday Show this year at BB Kings. (his birthday I believe is in Feb nut its too cold for him to tour then)

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 03:55 PM
I prefer the JGB version of Dear Prudence to the Beatles

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

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 05:27 PM
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"Hey Joe" Jimi Hendrix owned this one. Original by ?, can of worms there, last I heard was Chet Powers (aka Dino Valenti of Quicksilver), but wiki just confused it all with a 1962 copyright by a coffeehouse circuit player name of Billy Roberts, so who the heck knows?


I love Jimi's version, but I actually prefer how Roy Buchanan handled the tune.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 05:34 PM
I don't know who did the song first, but Otis' version of Respect is much better than Aretha's.

His version of Bring It On Home To Me is the best too.

And I am a HUGE Marley fan, but I'd rather listen to Bradley Nowell's version of Trenchtown Rock.

Rage Against the Machine's "Kill A Man" is waaaaaaay better than Cypress Hill's.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 09:46 PM
Joe Cocker With a Little Help From My Friends. He just takes that song, makes it his own and nails it. Hell, you can say that about every song Joe has covered. Taking a song, making it his and hitting it. He was the master.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2017 at 10:31 PM
It seems as if Dave Mason changed his arrangement of Feelin Alright to sound like Joe Cocker's version more than the version on Alone Together.
That says something

 

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