Cover songs versus the original track, which ones are better?

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In summary, the conversation discussed which songs were performed, arranged, or produced better in a cover than the original version. They also debated which songs should have been left alone and whether restricting covers to released singles limits interesting comparisons. The discussion also touched on the subjectivity of judging which version is "better" and the importance of adding something unique to a cover. Examples of good and unnecessary covers were also mentioned. Overall, the conversation highlighted the different interpretations and emotions that can be evoked by a cover compared to the original version.
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I found a live version, just him on guitar and bass accompanying just amazing.
It deserves to go in the "music to lift my soul" thread.
 
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pinball1970 said:
The Original, "Sunny" Bobby Hebb.


Wow! Never heard of this guy. A lot more authenticity/sincerity than the hit version.
 
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Hornbein said:
Wow! Never heard of this guy. A lot more authenticity/sincerity than the hit version.
Check out the live version on "Music to lift your soul," amazing.
 
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pinball1970 said:
Check out the live version on "Music to lift your soul," amazing.
To me that's more mannered. Soul singers tend toward that.

I once went to an expensive concert where I said to myself, "if this guy goes yeah yeah yeah or baby baby baby or oohoohoohooh one more time I'm going to walk out of here."
 
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Hornbein said:
To me that's more mannered. Soul singers tend toward that.

I once went to an expensive concert where I said to myself, "if this guy goes yeah yeah yeah or baby baby baby or oohoohoohooh one more time I'm going to walk out of here."
Yeah I get that and that is why I don't like the Tom Jones/Ella Fitzgerald version. It is good music, I like the singing ability BUT it's too much for the track which is much more impactful the way he recorded it. He reproduces that perfectly live and I am very impressed with the guitar playing too, what he does with his left hand in particular.
He has such a great voice but if I had not have looked up the song, I would not have been able to name him.
 
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morrobay said:

Nice heavy beat.
 
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Yes this local station: Top Radio 93.5 FM, Bangkok. Plays a lot of covers with 80s,90s, Very clear sound 100 km South of Bangkok
 
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Natural Woman - The Stars From The Commitments​

 
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Hey @Hornbein and others who might be interested - related to post #816 -
Rolling Stones made another piece of music from which Honky Tonk Woman directly came from originally, and well worth hearing, called Country Honk. VERY Different instrumentally and rhythmically from Honky Tonk Woman.
 
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And then there was the original (genre) Honky Tonk. Actually before my time.
 
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And another cover from Top Radio 93.5 FM Bangkok:
 
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morrobay said:
And another cover from Top Radio 93.5 FM Bangkok:

Fun fact: A tropical house version by German DJ/remixer Freischwimmer was released in 2015. This version reached number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in its February 13, 2016 issue. "Dreamin" had never before hit No. 1 on any ranking, making this version the first in its nearly 50-year history to reach the top spot on a Billboard chart. (English Wikipedia page)
 
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Better than the orig (which I don't recommend).

Anastacia - I’m Outta Love (by Andreea Munteanu)​


Proud produce of Romania

 
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I found a nice little gem (I just love how she vocalizes the guitar solo at the end):



Original:

 
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On a lighter note…

 
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Great introduction!
 
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Andreea Munteanu sings Someday I'll Be Saturday Night great but is so small she doesn't have the voice for it. So a little technological help for a bigger sound.



Here's the orig. by Bon Jovi

 
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Peter Gabriel covers Magnetic Fields' Book of Love

 
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ZZ Top cover '25 Lighters' by Lil' Keke and Fat Pat.

 
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Original
 
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Cover.
 
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I saw LaBelle in Boston, 1974.
 
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Not bad for White girls.
 
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Paint It Black by Wednesday Addams

 
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My favorite drummer shows what he's got. Dig the singer too.

Dennis Chambers, What Is Hip



South Korean Dance Version

 
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Wah wah workout.
 
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morrobay said:
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They never fail to rock. First time I was ever able to understand the lyrics. Dig the Chuck Berry style solo.

On stage Iggy Pop once broke a bottle then dived on the shards. Bleeding profusely from the chest, they took him to the hospital. He survived.
 

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