Which cover versions of songs do you think are an improvement to the original version of the song?
A couple which spring to mind for me are firstly,The Happy Mondays song "Step on" (1990) which is a cover of the 1971 single by John Kongos called "He's gonna step on you again." (I bought the Happy Mondays version on 7" vinyl back in the day!)
Another song which I think is a massive improvement on the original is "Word Up" by Scottish rock band Gun, which is a 1994 cover of the original 1985 version released by American funk band Cameo.
There must be some more but these are the first couple that I immediately think of!
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.
'With a little help from my friends' by Joe Cocker is a rock and vocal tour de force. Compare and contrast with the happy go lucky sing along original by the Beatles. Incidentally Jimmy page and B J Wilson (drums) play on this record. Wilson was the original choice on drums for Led Zeppelin, but elected to stay with Procul Harum.
Post by Charles Bronson on Dec 3, 2017 19:03:56 GMT
I heard a version of John Lennon's 'Happy Christmas (War Is Over)' the other evening that I quite liked. The guy sang it a little slower than the original, playing an acoustic guitar. I heard the recording at a Christmas market abroad, perhaps the setting made it seem so nice.
Unfortunately I don't know the singers name. I was looking on YouTube earlier but I didn't see it there.
One good thing was that Yoko Ono was of course absent from the version I heard.
Post by Arthur Pringle on Dec 4, 2017 23:05:01 GMT
I seem to remember we had a thread some time ago about cover versions vs the original & I think I mentioned this song. Bit of an obscure one with a Sweeney connection. The Small Faces did a song called 'Sorry She's Mine' which was covered by Jimmy Winston & The Reflections, Winston was the original Small Faces keyboard player. Two Sweeney connections- Winston appears in 'Hearts And Minds' & the writer of the song is Kenny Lynch from 'Down To You Brother'. Anyway, I prefer Winston's harder edged version of the song.
Do you mind not calling me squire or chief or boyo or mate?
Money's Too Tight To Mention - the original by the Valentine Brothers was good but I think Simply Red's version was better.
Everybody's Talkin' - I've never been a fan of either Van Morrison or The Beautiful South but do like the latter's version.
Whiskey In The Jar - originally by The Dubliners and also covered by Metallica but for me Thin Lizzy's version is the best.
I Fought The Law - the original 1959 version by The Crickets and the 1966 version the Bobby Fuller Four were both very weak. It was also covered by The Stray Cats but The Clash's version was infinitely better. And of course the intro was brilliantly used in Ashes To Ashes:
I'm going to say this once and once only Gene: Stay out of Camberwick Green!