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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Raunchy original by Bill Justis.
 
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(More 80s rock)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_Tell_Me_You_Love_Me
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Ranger


(1982) Night Ranger - Don't Tell Me You Love Me (SUPERSCALED TO 4K) 🇺🇸
solo @t=2m00s

see also (1983) Night Ranger - Japan Tour 1983 - Don't Tell Me You Love Me - solo @t=2m00s
and (2023) Night Ranger “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” (Live on 40th Anniversary Tour in St Louis Mo 06-28-2023) - solo @t=2m00s



(2018) Sakura Yoshida - Don't Tell Me You Love Me / NIGHT RANGER
solo &t=2m00s


(2012) SATSUMA3042 - PLAY LOUD☆Don't tell me you love me
solo &t=2m00s
( SATSUMA3042 has many covers with focus on the fretboard, filmed in his restaurant )


(2017) Bad Habitz Don't Tell me You Love Me-cover
solo &t=2m00s


(2019) Irrashional - Don't Tell Me You Love Me (LIVE Cover) | Irrashional
solo @t=3m00s
 
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Usually, I think cover versions of my favorite songs are rubbish. But,...

ain't bad.

Here's the original:

It's very hard to surpass Mike Oldfield's masterful guitar work.
 
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Larkin Poe covers Tom Petty's American Girl

 
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【English Cover】Seraphim On The Ring/リングの熾天使 【Saki + Lunarveil】​




There really are guys who hand out leaflets offering sleazy employment. There are even big floats mounted on flatbed sound trucks doing the same, driving around areas where young people gather.

I saw some Japanese pro wrestling at a jocular heavy metal festival called Skull Mania. They did all of this stuff. It's all quite stylized. I attended to see Bandmaid. They were so embarrassed to appear there they didn't advertise the gig on their web site. There was a young J woman in a business suit and pumps with a big smile playing the organ part of Deep Purple's Highway Star. There is a van sold in Japan named the Highway Star.
 
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Frabjous said:

Now that's Grade A.
 
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Kim Gun Mo's massive hit Wrongful Meeting.



Cover by Ayumi. These sort of elaborate sets with dance are typical of east Asian TV. Song and dance are so important there that in recent Indonesian presidential election rallies candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sang while incumbent Megawati danced. Bambang won.



It's impressive that Kim could hit such high notes. In a subsequent TV appearance he seems to have lost this ability but the song was so popular he just let the audience sing those parts. Last week Mick Jagger did the same with Out Of Time.
 
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Hornbein said:
Kim Gun Mo's massive hit Wrongful Meeting.
There are dangerous levels of melodrama radiating off that song. I see why it was a hit, though - I keep humming it because I don't understand the words.
 
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This ebass player is phenomenal.

(Queen Fox) Bass Remix|Raon×MINA​


 
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robphy said:


Cliffs of Dover Solo Intro Cover - Emmy Barone


Cliffs Of Dover - Eric Johnson - Cover by YOYO


Eric Johnson - Cliffs of Dover (FENDER 70TH ANNIVERSARY) - Izzyful

(see also Izzyful | Cliffs of Dover | Fender American Professional II Stratocaster | Guitarnet )

Cliffs Of Dover - Eric Johnson Guitar Cover By Juliana Wilson


CLIFFS OF DOVER - Eric Johnson | Guitar Cover by Sophie Burrell


Nili Brosh Plays Cliffs of Dover - Eric Johnson (Full Cover!)
 
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Original. This is a demo. The originally released version isn't that good.

Joni Mitchell. Edith and the Kingpin.



Cover

 
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Original : Crazy He Calls Me by Billie Holliday



Cover : Emilie Autumn

 
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Hornbein said:
Original : Crazy He Calls Me by Billie Holliday



Cover : Emilie Autumn


That was strange
 
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I ain't superstitious

Original by Howlin' Wolf:



Covers:

By Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart:



By the guy who wrote it, Willie Dixon:



By Megadeth:

 
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Linda Ronstadt -- Crazy He Calls Me



I know of no other artist who improved so radically in the course of their career.
 
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The version by the ten year old girl in the Yamaha Stagea competition is the best but I already posted that.
 
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Hornbein said:
Linda Ronstadt -- Crazy He Calls Me
I know of no other artist who improved so radically in the course of their career.
I have to agree with you on that. I really liked her first folk, bluegrass and country song singing too.
 
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_(Main_Title)

John Williams & Wiener Philharmoniker – "Main Title" from "Star Wars: A New Hope"


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Star Wars Main Theme - Single by Galactic Empire

see also Galactic Empire - Star Wars - The Imperial March

Star Wars Theme Medley BLUEGRASS cover by samuraiguitarist


Star Wars theme (acapella) by MayTree



 
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