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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 08:01 PM
Who has a cover that you like better than the original? Lets keep this to official releases.

Most of the time the original is better but these stand out to me.

A few that I like better than the original.

Beatles- Twist and Shout

Allman Brothers- Stormy Monday

Jimi Hendrix- Like a Rolling Stone

Vanilla Fudge- You Keep Me Hanging On

Janis Joplin- Piece of my Heart, Me and Bobby Mcgee

Gov't Mule- She Said, She Said

Warren Haynes - One

This list can get really big so I will stop here and let me hear yours.




 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 08:10 PM
Wooo, nice thread!

Dave Mason - All Along The Watchtower

BTW, about "Superstar (Groopie)", who is thought to be the original? Rita Coolidge?
If so, I love Delaney & Bonnie's version so much!

 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 08:15 PM
Manfred Mann, Blinded by the Light
Johnny Cash, Sunday Morning Coming Down
I have to give Jimi Watchtower too, as I think Bob did.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 08:25 PM
Who Do You Love-Quicksilver Messenger Service

 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 08:50 PM
man the first one to come to mind is jerry doing "mama tried"the dead did so maney awsome covers!
 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 08:58 PM
Any Dead cover, I like Phish covers but I dont really like Phish, Does that make any sense?

 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 09:12 PM
Widespread Panic does a sick version of Dear Mr. Fantasy

 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 09:40 PM
Van Halen - You Really Got Me
Gov't Mule - Don't Step On The Grass Sam
Gov't Mule - 30 Days In A Hole

 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 10:11 PM
one of my all time favorites is "stayed awake all nite" by Krokus
and for sentimental reasons "day after day" by Savatage

nice thread

 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 11:49 PM
The list is endless -- most Dylan covers done by Jimi, the Dead etc I like better than the original -- the Byrds' version of You Ain't Goin' Nowhere as well -- the version of You Ain't Goin Nowhere on Will The Circle Be Unbroken Vol II, I really like too -- one exception is Forever Young, that one is Dylan's only in my book

I like the way the Stones cover Motown material such as My Girl, Ain't Too Proud To Beg, & Going To A Go-Go

Issac Hayes I've always thought is a great interpreter, especially his take of By The Time I Get To Phoenix

Of course the Allmans are probably the ultimate masters when it comes to a thread like this

Jimi too -- Wild Thing, Theme From Peter Gunn -- other that don't come to mind right at the moment

Elvis -- Hound Dog -- guess that might've been the genesis of it all

 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 12:14 AM
Ben Harper - Sexual Healing

 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 02:05 AM
Eva Cassidy - Fields of Gold.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 05:39 AM
Johnny Cash - Hurt

 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 08:20 AM
Rory Gallagher - Messin with the Kid I'll Take What I Want
Eric Clapton - Cocaine
Stevie Ray Vaughn - Little Wing
Roy Buchannen - I'm a Ram
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
Jimi Hendrix - Gloria
Black Crowes - Hard to Handle
Led Zeppelin - In My Time of Dying
Uncle Tupelo - Effigy I Wanna Be Your Dog
Minutemen - Aint' Talking 'Bout Love



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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 08:23 AM
CSN- Blackbird- it's hard to top a Beatles song, but that three-part harmony....

Cassandra Wilson- The Last Train To Clarksville- She's a great jazz singer and does some incredible interpretations- I'm So Lonesome I could Cry,Angel,Tupelo Honey come to mind also.

Aretha Franklin- The Weight!!!! Skydog's playing is icing on the cake!

Leon Russell- Jumpin' Jack Flash/Youngblood; also his bluegrass version of JJF w/New Grass Revival!

 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 08:30 AM
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Candidate for greatest cover of all time, end of story, end of thread, next.....

 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 09:03 AM
Dwight Yoakam - Queen's Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

I would't say they are always better than the original, but i've never heard a bad Mule cover.

If you want a good laugh check out Michael P.S. Hayes' (yeah, the wrestler) version of Thin Lizzy's Boys Are Back In Town.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 09:10 AM
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Excellent Choice!

My other favorite is Dear Prudence by Jerry Garcia

 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 09:13 AM
every cover that the DTB plays is usually better than the original. yes, that is a balnket statement, but i believe it to be true.
 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 09:19 AM
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every cover that the DTB plays is usually better than the original. yes, that is a balnket statement, but i believe it to be true.


I feel that way about Govt Mule. They do the cover songs better than the original bands playing their original song. DTB does it too in my opinion.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 09:40 AM
This topic always brings a smile to my face.....as oft mentioned here, I was raised on swing music. Real swing music. My Dad would often play the popular version of a song, the "white" version, if you will. Then play the original to show me how it sounded with all the emotion. Became a pattern in the 50's, first hearing Pat Boone, then Little Richard. Or Elvis, then Big Mama. The list is endless. Same thing in the '60's, as the Brittish helped up learn about our own music.

When I got into the ABB, man I couldn't wait to get ahold of this Blind Willie McTell guy. And Sonny Boy Williamson, etc. SAY WHAT?! Man, the Brothers music was so way, way past what the originals created. True geniuses. Gregg doesn't get the proper credit for his reworked arrangements, IMHO.

Another aside....around '74-75 we had a band from Birmingham that would come through every couple months. Their alternate "grand finales" were Captain Jack and Stairway to Heaven. No good FM opportunities then, and I hadn't heard Stairway to Heaven. Went out and bought Zep IV, played it, couldn't believe how lame it was. Guess nothing beats being there.

 
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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 10:47 AM
I feel like a heretic but I think the Stones did a better "I Wanna Be Your Man" than the Beatles.

1. The Stones use a slightly different chord progression (the change is in the lines "I wanna be your lover baby, I wanna be your [chord change occurs here] man", which the Beatles played unmodified -- sorry I don't know all the musical jargon).

2. Brian Jones' slide guitar added a whole different dimension to the song. This is the oldest rock song I can think of with slide guitar; can anyone think of an earlier rock use of it?

3. I feel like a heretic for saying anyone could do a L/M song better than the Beatles.

4. I can't stand the Stones, except for an exceedingly small number of songs. I still maintain that the Beatles were better songwriters, singers, and musicians.

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. I'll now go shopping for sackcloth (the itchier the better) and ashes (the smellier and messier the better).

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This topic always brings a smile to my face.....as oft mentioned here, I was raised on swing music. Real swing music. My Dad would often play the popular version of a song, the "white" version, if you will. Then play the original to show me how it sounded with all the emotion. Became a pattern in the 50's, first hearing Pat Boone, then Little Richard. Or Elvis, then Big Mama. The list is endless. Same thing in the '60's, as the Brittish helped up learn about our own music.


My response is way off topic -- sue me

Many consider Benny Goodman the epitome of swing. But on August 16, 1939 he encountered foundational jazz guitarist Charlie Christian ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Christian . Check the story under the heading "National Fame") through John Hammond, Sr. (who discovered a raft of people from Bessie Smith to Bob Dylan. His son is John Hammond, Jr., Duane's good and close friend, IIRC) and hired him for his band. It worked, but I read once somewhere that Charlie's chief issue with Benny was that "he don't swing"!

We now return to our regular thread. And I get another hash mark in my post count. And check out Charlie Christian. He was phenomenal. Too bad about the T.B........

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 10:58 AM
Santana - Oye Como Va (Tito Puente original)
Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower (BD)

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 11:26 AM
Lucky for me and my limited budget, FOUR of my all-time favorite covers are all on the same album - Chris Smither's "Another Way to Find You."

Dylan's "Down in the Flood"
Jerry's "Friend of the Devil"
Berry's "Tulane"
Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues"

Yes, I think all four of these are better than the originals (maybe not Friend of the Devil, put that one down as a draw), mainly because the arrangements are very close to what I strive for in my own playing.

If you're a fan of fingerstyle guitar and singer/songwriter type music, you've got to check out this CD, as well as Chris' other work:


 

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