Topic: Cover Bands / Cover Songs

Notwithstanding the notion of paying tribute to a great song, can anyone out there think of a single cover song that's as good as (let alone better than) the original? There a few respectable ones, i.e, Heart's cover of Led Zeppelin's "The Battle of Evermore", and the Aussie Pink Floyd Show is a decent cover band for Pink Floyd. Beyond that, most covers absolutely make me cringe.

Thoughts and opinions?

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Re: Cover Bands / Cover Songs

I can think of several:
Original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjxbOe7p8C0
Cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlBifX0H3yg

Original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M929NAemwpc
Cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXBiU4V3Lys

Original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CDLCr0fxOQ
Cover:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhe3vb0z7mY

Finally...
Original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMrElD7mgWo
Cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH0ozkrAGnU

Re: Cover Bands / Cover Songs

Joe Cocker does pretty good covers of Beatles songs.

Demos of original songs.
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Re: Cover Bands / Cover Songs

Well BGD, you're definitely right about those four ... wow! I'm not really into blues, so wasn't aware of those (thanks for the effort!).

The covers I mainly had in mind are more from the classic rock / prog rock scene, and most of the ones I can recall are awful. I've heard a few versions of some Jethro Tull tunes, and they don't work at all. And I had just heard the Bare Naked Ladies version of Bruce Cockburn's "Lovers in a Dangerous Time", and that's what prompted my question ... it's terrible. BNL are a band I usually like a lot, and most of their original stuff is great.

And EasyBeat, you're right about Cocker ("I Get by With a Little Help From my Friends").

I'm glad I asked the question, and would love to hear some more examples.

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Re: Cover Bands / Cover Songs

Ill try to think of some from that genre.

Re: Cover Bands / Cover Songs

ShineDown did pretty well with "Simple Man".

7 (edited by richeverman 2013-02-01 18:26:54)

Re: Cover Bands / Cover Songs

Tenement Funster wrote:

And EasyBeat, you're right about Cocker ("I Get by With a Little Help From my Friends").

I'm glad I asked the question, and would love to hear some more examples.

Here is one of my favorites of Joe's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp9LukZVFe4

here is the original.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87pnvL0wCLo

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Re: Cover Bands / Cover Songs

Stevie Ray Vaughan did some great Jimi Hendrix.

You can see all my video covers on [url]http://www.youtube.com/bensonp1000[/url]
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9 (edited by dino48 2013-02-01 21:21:26)

Re: Cover Bands / Cover Songs

bensonp wrote:

Stevie Ray Vaughan did some great Jimi Hendrix.

Ya pete,I think he out played Hendrix who was his idol. Pete I went into you youtube,your cover on gentle on my mind was really good!!

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Re: Cover Bands / Cover Songs

Thanks Dino.

You can see all my video covers on [url]http://www.youtube.com/bensonp1000[/url]
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