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What's your favorite cover song?
« on: May 07, 2021, 09:12:21 PM »
Im not talking about "best" or Grammy winning- even if it is- but what's your favorite cover version of a song?  There's a lot of music-oriented folks here and it's great to know what different people like and why.

Stevie Ray Vaughn's cover of Voodo Chile on Austin City Limits is awesome and has been my favorite for a long time, but I think my favorite one is this cover of Tom Petty's "Southern Accent" by The Steel Woods- ]https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7TNZyBPai5Q/]It's such a great and honest personal interpretation of a good song.

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2021, 09:30:01 PM »
I almost always prefer an original to a cover but there are exceptions.

Ray Wylie Hubbard is a stellar songwriter, absolutely fantastic BUT he does a terrific cover of James McMurtry's Choctaw Bingo.

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2021, 09:39:33 PM »
Im not talking about "best" or Grammy winning- even if it is- but what's your favorite cover version of a song?  There's a lot of music-oriented folks here and it's great to know what different people like and why.

Stevie Ray Vaughn's cover of Voodo Chile on Austin City Limits is awesome and has been my favorite for a long time, but I think my favorite one is this cover of Tom Petty's "Southern Accent" by The Steel Woods- ]https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7TNZyBPai5Q/]It's such a great and honest personal interpretation of a good song.

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 I prefer Johnny Cash' version, but then I'm partial to Johnny Cash.

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2021, 09:54:52 PM »
That's easy..Pretty Boy Floyd by Bob Dylan, (1980) best vocal performance I've heard Bob do.
From "Folkways a vision shared a tribute to a woods Guthrie and Ledbelly" the whole album is great.
You can find it on Spotify but there's no YouTube of this version, there's a lousy live version when BD was in Norway.

And second , Johnny Winter doing Highway 61 Revisited, i favor his version over the Hendrix cut.
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2021, 10:08:47 PM »
I thought Commander Cody wrote the song, but I just looked it up and it is quite a bit older.  I like (especially on road trips) Bill Kirchen's (live) version of 'Hot Rod Lincoln'.  It is a lot of fun.

But- "favorite" is going to depend on the day and the hour.  I have a lot of favorite everything.
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2021, 10:28:12 PM »
Jolene by the White Stripes

Bang A Gong by Power Station.

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2021, 10:44:36 PM »
:pink Floyd time cover by Godsmack
Or sound of silence by disturbed. 

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2021, 11:16:08 PM »
Favorite??? But right now this one comes to mind. Bonnie Raitt's cover cover of Angel from Montgomery, by John Prine. Susan Tedeschi also does a fine rendition.

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2021, 03:43:57 AM »
There have been many great covers over the journey including Blue Suede shoes by Elvis, Sorrow by Bowie, One by Cash, Nothing Compares to You by Sinead O'Connor.  I love a good cover.  Doesn't mean I don't like the original.  In Oz we have a radio station called JJJ and for the last 35 years, every Friday, they invite the latest young cool bands to come in and do a cover version.  There have been some absolute spankers done and they release an album of the songs each year.  For example a young band called DMA's did Cher's 'I believe" and it blew everyone away.  Recently someone did a version of a Taylor Swift song (whom I would never listen to) and it was a cracker. 
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2021, 03:58:25 AM »
I like Keith Urban’s re hash of the old Slim Dusty’s “Lights on the Hill”.
Kenny and Dolly’s old Bee Gee’s “Islands in the Stream”

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2021, 04:37:00 AM »
In general, covers of older blues ,rock and country by the Stones, Clapton and other Brits of that era. Or the great bluesmen like Muddy Waters...One of many favorites is I'm a King Bee
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2021, 05:36:28 AM »
Sound of silence by Disturbed.
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2021, 07:04:20 AM »
In no specific order:

The Circle Jerks, Golden Shower of Hits

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Goodbye Earl

Devo, Satisfaction

Actually Me First and the Gimme Gimmes have lots of great covers. It what they do.
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2021, 07:54:56 AM »
A few..  Chris Whitley does a amazing cover of the Doors "Christel Ship"  Also Him, and Jeff Lang do a cover of Dylans "Changing of the guards" That is amazing!!  Also I cought a YouTube vid of Brandi Carlile doing a KILLER cover of Elton Johns "Madmad across the water"
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2021, 08:22:48 AM »
That’s an easy one “Lonesome Fugitives “ by the late great, one of a kind, man of the century, one snd only.....Merle  Haggard👍👍👍

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2021, 08:28:44 AM »
Jimi's cover of All Along the Watchtower. 

But then,  Manfred Mann's cover of Blinded by the Light. 

How do I decide.  So many good ones.  Yes's cover of America. 

I give up. 
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #16 on: May 08, 2021, 09:51:35 AM »
Get Down Make Love - Nine Inch Nails

One of the best covers of all covers of all time.

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #17 on: May 08, 2021, 11:16:51 AM »
 A cover that should be considered is CCRs version of Heard It Through The Grapevine. Taking a classic smooth soul song and turning it into their own guitar driven rock classic was pure genius.

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2021, 12:11:33 PM »
This version of Cheap Trick's hit: https://youtu.be/0hi1jVceof8

I like this version of E.L.O's hit as well: https://youtu.be/NTbNCezCJNM
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2021, 12:39:57 PM »


Quote from: Siamese on Today at 02:28:44 PM
Jimi's cover of All Along the Watchtower. 

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2021, 01:22:04 PM »
Jeff Healy - Yer Blues and his version of While my Guitar Gently Weeps

Alvin Lee - Live - Blue Suede Shoes Medely

Way too many to pick just one.

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2021, 02:11:12 PM »
   My favorite cover varies week to week, right now its Heather Hardy covering "Amazing Grace"

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2021, 04:45:58 PM »
Cowboy Junkies version of Velvet Underground song, "Sweet Jane."

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2021, 05:59:14 PM »

Quote from: Siamese on Today at 02:28:44 PM
Jimi's cover of All Along the Watchtower. 


He also does a fair job with Hey Joe.
There's a YouTube group called Foxes and Fossils and they do some outstanding covers of various artists
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2021, 06:34:19 PM »
That is indeed tough as there are many great covers of songs that were already barnburners in their original versions .
Two come to mind:
1) Statesboro Blues by Willie McTell . Great covers by both  the Allman Bros Band and  John Hammond on his first album.
2) instrumental version of Sweet dreams by Roy Buchanan.
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2021, 06:40:17 PM »
She came in thru the bathroom window Joe Cocker by the Beatles

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2021, 07:45:50 PM »
I think SRV could cover just about anything as well, if not better than original. I really like his take on "Little Wing" & "Chitlins Con Carne".
Other favs are: Nirvana's cover of Bowies "The Man who sold the World"
Cake's cover of "Never Gonna Give You Up"

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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2021, 10:11:19 PM »
Jolene by the White Stripes
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This reminds me-  another really good cover (if you like soul) is Ben L'Oncle Soul's cover of 'Seven Nation Army'.  I don't think Ben is very well known in the US.
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2021, 10:18:37 PM »
The Twangbangers' version of "Hot Rod Lincoln".  When they are passing cars going up Grapevine hill, they reference a different music icon pulling over to let them by.  From Pee Wee King, to Elvis, to Johnny Cash, and on and on.  Every band the singer mentions, his band tries to play a few bars that are representative of the music the bands made famous.  Its a fun tribute to the past. 
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Re: What's your favorite cover song?
« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2021, 10:30:52 PM »
You can't top this.....

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