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Songs Where The Covers Are Better Than The Original

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Rick330man, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Rick330man

    Rick330man Tele-Holic

    Jan 9, 2011
    Florida Keys
    This could double as a Bob Dylan appreciation thread.

    (1) Jimi Hendrix's version of "All Along the Watchtower"
    (2) The Byrds version of "My Back Pages"
    (3) The Turtles version of "It Ain't Me Babe"
    (4) The Manfred Mann version of "Quinn the Eskimo"
    (5) The Peter, Paul and Mary version of "Blowing in the Wind"

    But then Harry Nilsson's version of "Without You" blew away the original Badfinger version.

    The Bobby Fuller Four version of "I Fought the Law" bests the original.

    A tougher call is Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," where both the original and the Foo Fighters' cover are damn near excellent.
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    INFANT Tele-Holic

    Apr 12, 2011
    Stoney Creek, Ontario
    I love Springsteen but Manfred Manns version of "Blinded by the Light" blows Bruce's away
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  3. galaxiex

    galaxiex Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Under my Thumb - Streetheart

    I still like the Stones original, but Streetheart did this one good.

    First time a buddy of mine heard the Streetheart cover he said, "you don't F with the Stones man"

    "Aww geez listen to me, sounds like I think the Stones are God or something"
  4. GGardner

    GGardner Tele-Holic

    Jun 22, 2017
    Speaking of Springsteen, here's another. I never appreciated this song until I heard this cover.

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  5. Boiled_Strings

    Boiled_Strings TDPRI Member

    Aug 5, 2018
    Dylan’s cover of The Boxer, he does the job of two men harmonising with himself.

    Does his own performance of Jokerman on the Letterman Show count? :lol:
  6. Dacious

    Dacious Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Gwen Stefani's version of 'it's my life' is better than the original IMO. But especially the video.

  7. demon

    demon Tele-Meister

    Jan 18, 2015
    Northern Europe
    Continuing the Dylan theme:

    And ignoring the Dylan theme:
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  8. MatsEriksson

    MatsEriksson Tele-Holic

    Aug 12, 2011
    Fixed that for you. ;)

    If a cover is better than Bob's (all covers) it's a slight diss of the original. Almost unanimously the congoscienti acknowledges a majority of the covers of his, better than his original. The threads about Bobs originals being better than covers, does exists but are far and in between.

    This is why songwriters exists. They write tunes to let others perform. Anyone that feels compelled. No big deal. Ask Jimmy Webb, if he had same success (or as much) with performing his own tunes.

    Regarding Manfred Mann, I seem inclined to agree. Regarding his hit "Davys On The Road Again" by... yes... have anyone heard of him? John Simon? Anyone heard his original? Yes yes, I know his collaborations with The Band, but still off stage.

    But regarding that, Bob Dylan GAVE away "Mighty Quinn" to Manfred Mann back in the day, before Bob recorded it himself at all. So it's, not, really, a cover. Just like "Because The Night" by Bruce, and "given" to Patti Smith.

    I think both Bruce and Bob have stated that they both (independently) likes the Manfred Mann covers the best. "Spirits In The Night" and, already mentioned "Blinded By The Light". And Manfreds dramatic, hypnotic prog reindition of "Father of day, Father of Night" is almost an own song in itself, etc.
  9. Rick330man

    Rick330man Tele-Holic

    Jan 9, 2011
    Florida Keys
    The music of the 60s may just be my favorite. Dusty Springfield's 1964 classic "I Only Wanna Be With You" is an old favorite.

    In 1979, the Tourists (featuring lead singer Annie Lennox and a guy named David Stewart) did a more rock version that was excellent. A buddy of mine's dad was a marketing exec, so we got our hands on the Tourist version a few months before it hit the airwaves.

    I love both versions, but the Tourists' cover is a little better.
  10. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Hah, good point. I've always felt the Dead played Dylan better than Bob.

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  11. 0 2339

    0 2339 TDPRI Member

    Mar 7, 2018
    oeste - portugal
  12. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    Whist I like the Zombies' version of "She's Not There", I've always preferred the Santana cover.
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  13. José

    José Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 26, 2008
    Mickey Jupp's original version with Legend was fine but Doctor Feelgood's one is awesome.

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  14. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

    Nov 15, 2010
    Nazareth's version of "Love Hurts" is arguably better than the Everly Brothers.
  15. pemaleto

    pemaleto TDPRI Member

    May 18, 2009
    Jimi Hendrix´s version of "Hey Joe" and Led Zeppelin´s cover of "Babe I´m gonna leave you" come to mind.
  16. chiefline

    chiefline Tele-Holic

    Mar 18, 2014
    new jersey
    How about Roseanne Barr’s version of the Star Spangled Banner?
  17. Jackadder

    Jackadder Tele-Holic

    Jun 12, 2014
    Western Australia
  18. HoodieMcFoodie

    HoodieMcFoodie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    Tamworth, 'straya.
    I always preferred Status Quo's version of Roadhouse Blues to The Doors original.
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  19. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    Colorado Springs
    ...and, for me, the Clash version beats that one.

    I'll throw out "Hard To Handle" by the Black Crowes. They owned the original with their version.

    Same with Van Halen's take on "You Really Got Me."
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