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    Cover Tunes

    Another Thread for Us OnGoing Music Listening Buffs.
    I would Like to Dedicate this one to Cover Songs.
    Some of the big Hits are Covers of Songs that were not Hits by the Original Artist.
    IMHO some of the Covers are Much better than the Hits.
    I will Start it off with this one.
    I will List the Cover and the Hit.
    Jumping Jack Flash/YoungBlood Live From Bangladesh (LeonRussell).
    Jumpin' Jack Flash/Young Blood - Leon Russell (Concert For Bangladesh) - YouTube
    Hit by the Rolling Stones.
    Jumpin' Jack Flash (The Rolling Stones - Introduced by John Lennon in sign language! - YouTube
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    I love the cross genre cover. Here are two I love: The white stripes doing a dolly Parton song, and Gillian welch doing a radiohead song. Enjoy!

    Gillian Welch Blackstar @ Bonnaroo 2007 - YouTube

    The White Stripes - Jolene - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by cminor9 View Post
    I love the cross genre cover. Here are two I love: The white stripes doing a dolly Parton song, and Gillian welch doing a radiohead song. Enjoy!

    Gillian Welch Blackstar @ Bonnaroo 2007 - YouTube

    The White Stripes - Jolene - YouTube
    And lets not forget Hayseed Dixie doing Roses, and Holiday. :-)

    hayseed Dixie Roses Video - YouTube

    Hayseed Dixie/Green Day holiday mix - YouTube

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    Harry Manx - Voodoo Child - YouTube

    No youtube, but david Torn's version of the same tune from Door X, a sample of which is here: http://www.amazon.com/Door-X-David-Torn/dp/B000008CF3

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    What is Your Favorite Version of Hey Joe?
    Here's a couple of mine!
    Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe [Live] - YouTube
    Here's a version I like as Well.
    Deep PurpLe - Hey Joe - YouTube
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    Here's a guy with a few suggestions. Just don't try to find and listen to them all in one day...or one week...or...

    Ultimate Cover Song List - Best Cover Songs - Esquire

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    Here's another Hot Version of Hey Joe I found.
    Roy Buchanan - Live From Austin Texas - YouTube
    What a Sweet Wonderful Sounding Tele!
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    First version of the song I had ever heard on the radio was the single by The Leaves. The Leaves- Hey Joe - YouTube

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    Howdy people... thanks for the great thread... here's another one:

    Mott The Hoople's version of Sweet Jane... completely transforms the song. Plus, Mick Ralphs' fat Les Paul tone at the end...

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    Here's a couple of takes on the "The In Crowd:
    Original I think.
    Dobie Gray - The In Crowd (Shindig! 1965)_HQ - YouTube
    And, the huge Instrumental hit, by Ramsey Lewis Trio.
    The 'In' Crowd - Ramsey Lewis - YouTube

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    A local disc jockey in the DC area decided to have a Hey Joe marathon. It was about the time of Hendrix' hit. He came up with like 41 versions of the song, and played them back to back. I called him. I had one he didn;t, brought the record to the station and he played it. SOme band called the Stillroven. On the way home from the station, I leaned over on the car seat and broke it. Oh well.

    Oh my god, here it is:
    The Stillroven - Hey Joe (1967) - YouTube


    If you want to know who covered who, here is a perfect web site. My friend Dick Rosemont was in radio forever, and started at the same station I did. He made a career of it , I didn't.

    The Originals Project. Who recorded what first. Like all the white bread Pat Boone coers of Little Richard tunes. Check it out.

    The Originals Project

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    Oh dear lord...

    Take Five, the all time Dave Brubeck classic from 1959

    Sachal Studios Orch (Ravi Shankar, eat your heart out)
    Sachal Studios' Take Five Official Video - YouTube

    Then the ultimate sin, they wedged it back into 4/4
    Take 4.5 - Take 5 re-arrangement in 4/4 Drums - YouTube

    XL - Take 5 - YouTube

    Gives me the creeps.

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    Good One Enzo!
    Here's some more.
    I really Dig the Byrd Version, with that 12 String Guitar!
    Standells - Hey Joe (Live, 1966) - YouTube
    The Byrds - Hey Joe (1966) - YouTube

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    One more, and I'll wash my hands of Joe..

    (Caution, this is really BAD)

    Cher
    Cher- Hey Joe - YouTube

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    I nominate the entire album "King Curtis Live at Fillmore West". I wouldn't claim all cuts are "better" than the originals, but most are a damn site funkier.
    King Curtis - Whole Lotta Love - YouTube

    Again, maybe not "better", but Devo's version of Satisfaction always makes me smile.
    Devo - [I Can't Get No] Satisfaction (Video) - YouTube

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    Ooh, ooh, I've got one. "In the Pines" AKA "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" AKA "Black Girl" AKA....
    Plot synopsis: A cuckolded man commits suicide by laying his head on the railroad track.

    LeadBelly's version just tells the story.
    The mood of the Bluegrass version is trivialized with goofy "wind through the trees" sound effects.
    The Louvin Brothers play a perky waltz with harmonized yodeling, and change the story so the wife leaves on a train.
    In the Nirvana version, Kurt is the man in the story. Hairs up on the back of the neck.

    Lead Belly - Where Did You Sleep Last Night- (1944) (TRUE STEREO) - YouTube
    Bill Monroe Blue Grass Boys - In The Pines - Decca Records 78 - YouTube
    In The Pines - The Louvin Brothers - YouTube
    Nirvana - Where did you sleep last night - Unplugged in new york - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_teee View Post
    Here's a couple of takes on the "The In Crowd:
    I've got to concur; the Ramsey Lewis instrumental gets my vote!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    Take Five, the all time Dave Brubeck classic from 1959
    Then the ultimate sin, they wedged it back into 4/4
    XL - Take 5 - YouTube
    Enzo, that last one is the horizontal version.
    Note the pelvic thrusts on 2 & 4....

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    I don't know why Enzo's Take 5 covers reminded me of this, but here ya go.
    Purple Haze (Kronos Quartet) - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_teee View Post
    What is Your Favorite Version of Hey Joe?
    Here's a couple of mine!
    Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe [Live] - YouTube
    Here's a version I like as Well.
    Deep PurpLe - Hey Joe - YouTube
    Keep Rockin!
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    Mothers Of Invention take on Hey Joe:


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    Oh you wanna go Zappa on us?

    OK, the ULTIMATE disrespectful cover: Stairway to heaven
    Stairway To Heaven / Frank Zappa 1988 - YouTube

    I like the part 6 minutes in where the horn section plays the guitar solo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    Oh you wanna go Zappa on us?

    OK, the ULTIMATE disrespectful cover: Stairway to heaven
    Stairway To Heaven / Frank Zappa 1988 - YouTube

    I like the part 6 minutes in where the horn section plays the guitar solo.
    Very cool version!
    Zappa was a heavy thinker, and light years ahead of most!
    And, didn't believe in censorship!
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    Stan Freberg did some great covers of OLD rock n roll.

    The Great Pretender
    Stan Freberg - The Great Pretender (2012) - YouTube

    Heartbreak Hotel
    stan freberg heartbreak hotel - YouTube

    And one of my all time favorites, Old Man River (which will never be the same)
    Elderly Man River- Stan Freberg and Daws Butler - YouTube

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    Not a cover so much as a parody of the Desiderata:

    Deteriorata
    National Lampoon - Deteriorata (National Lampoon Radio Dinner (1972)) - YouTube

    And of course those late night compilation album ads:

    Those Fabulous Sixties
    National Lampoon - Those Fabulous Sixties (National Lampoon Radio Dinner) (1972) - YouTube

    And Mr Robert's Neighborhood talks to a musician
    Bass Player interviewed on Mr. Robert's Neighborhood - YouTube

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    Child is Father to the Man (Originator Covers the Cover)

    Sorry folks, but I felt compelled to include this.

    Bill Monroe recorded his waltz Blue Moon of Kentucky in 1946.
    Elvis recorded a 4/4 version in 1959.
    The Elvis version was so popular that Bill Monroe then recorded a version that starts in 3/4 and switches to 4/4.

    I bet you already knew that.

    Bill Monroe Blue Moon Of Kentucky - YouTube (Bill Monroe 3/4)
    Elvis Presley - Blue Moon of Kentucky (1954) - YouTube (Elvis)
    Blue Moon of Kentucky - Bill Monroe (w/ lyrics) - YouTube (Bill Monroe 3/4 to 4/4 record)
    Bill Monroe - Blue Moon of Kentucky (Live at Farm Aid 1990) - YouTube (Bill Monroe live)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    One more, and I'll wash my hands of Joe..
    (Caution, this is really BAD)
    Hah, I've got ya beat: The Dinsdale Piranha Big Band (04/16) - Hey Joe / Purple Haze - YouTube

    Speaking of Jimi Hendrix...
    Maybe you've heard Charlie Parker with Strings?
    Well, this is Jimi Hendrix with Orchestra... without Jimi Hendrix.
    Jimi had planned to record with the Gil Evans Orchestra, but died before the scheduled session.
    Having expended considerable time and effort writing the charts, Gil decided to go ahead with the recording.
    Or something like that.
    Gil Evans Orchestra Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix : Crosstown traffic - YouTube

    Here's a nice version of Voodoo Child I found while searching for the Gil Evans.
    Hiram Bullock Billy Cobham WDR Big Band - Voodoo Child - YouTube

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    Big Band Beatles- Not Your Father's MUZAK

    And now for something completely different.
    Don Ellis out-Zappas Zappa. Tune starts at 3:12.
    Don Ellis "Hey Jude" 1970 - YouTube

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    Jimi Hendrix covers, you say?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jot View Post
    Jimi Hendrix covers, you say?
    Ho ho ho ho ho, hah, hah, hah, hah, tee-hee.
    Dion, precious.

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    Cover tune twofer/aka '60s mashup:


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    One more: Bryan Ferry's 1973 version of "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall":


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    Lay Down Sally

    Eric Clapton, the version we all know:
    Eric Clapton- Lay Down Sally - YouTube

    Country version by Red Sovine (Red who?)
    Red Sovine "Lay Down Sally" - YouTube

    How many pickers does it take to play a guitar?
    Vince Gill joined by Albert Lee, Jimmy Burton, Earl Klugh, and Keb' Mo' (plus Sheryl Crow on vocals).
    Lay Down Sally (Edit) - YouTube

    Bluegrass version by Seldom Scene - with topless dancers!
    The Seldom Scene "Lay Down Sally" - YouTube

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