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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby haxax » Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:05 pm UTC

Hey, noone mentioning Emperors cover of Bathorys 'A fine day to die' yet?

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Buddha with a bra on » Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:04 pm UTC

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby DeltaOne » Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:06 pm UTC

I liked Nightwish's cover of Gary Moore's "Over the Hills and Far Away" better than the original.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Giant Speck » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:59 am UTC

Shinedown - "Simple Man" (originally recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd)
A Perfect Circle - "Imagine" (originally recorded by John Lennon)
Deepfield - "Don't Let Go" (originally recorded by En Vogue - though, I really like that version, too)
Evans Blue - "Possession" (originally recorded by Sarah McLachlan)
Paramore - "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (originally recorded by U2)
The Benjamin Gate - "Overkill" (originally recorded by Men at Work)
Evanescence - "Tourniquet" (originally recorded by Soul Embraced)

Although not technically a cover, I prefer the Gladys Knight and the Pips version of "I Heard it Through The Grapevine," which was recorded after Marvin Gaye's version but was released before it.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Jar'O'Jam » Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:48 pm UTC

Speaking of Marvin Gaye, Maceo Parker and the gang made a great cover of Lets Get It On - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JawQn7gKdJo
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Rackum » Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:06 pm UTC

ProZac wrote:Metallica's version of "Turn the Page". Actually, one of the few metallica songs I really like. A lot of the covers they do on the Garage Inc album are good though.

The Atari's version of "Boys of Summer". Don't care much for the original, but like the cover.


Metallica's version of "Turn the Page" is exceptionally good but I don't know if I would go so far as to say that it's "better" than Seger.

And on the topic of "Boys of Summer" I must say that I prefer the Eagles version (not really a "cover" since Don Henley wrote it, but he didn't write or originally play it with the Eagles so I think "version" works here) better than the Henley original and the Ataris cover. Henley's voice when he sings it during the Eagles reunion tour(s) really fits the song well and, of course, with the full Eagles backing him up it is quite excellent.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Essah » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:53 pm UTC

José González cover of Heartbeats is magical.
its originally made by the Knife but is not very good...at least imho
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Amie » Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:04 pm UTC

Clapton's version on "I shot the sheriff". Call me a nut if you will... I have to give it to Bob Marley... his version has more soul but Clapton's version is more interesting... at least to me.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Rinsaikeru » Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:13 pm UTC

Don't get me wrong, I totally appreciate Sonny and Cher, but Camera Obscura's cover of Baby Don't Go...is really great.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Will » Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:18 pm UTC

I can't belive nobody's mentioned Cake's cover of I Will Survive.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Peter Galbavy » Wed Mar 10, 2010 4:50 pm UTC

I know he's been mentioned but any cover of a Bob Dylan song is better than the man himself performing it. A great songsmith, lyricist, whatever but can't stand his recordings.

Any cover. By anyone. Including you. Yes, you!
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Rinsaikeru » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:10 pm UTC

I dunno, Don't Think Twice it's Alright is quite good sung by Bob Dylan, I've not found a version I prefer to his.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Dasboard » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:07 pm UTC

I'm astonished at by how many people can't stand Dylan's voice.

I personally think it's great and fits perfectly with his music. Not with any other kind of music. But his voice and music combined reaches almost godly heigths.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Amie » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:14 pm UTC

Dasboard wrote:I'm astonished at by how many people can't stand Dylan's voice.

I personally think it's great and fits perfectly with his music. Not with any other kind of music. But his voice and music combined reaches almost godly heigths.

Agreed. I don't think Dylan would have been Dylan without the voice he had. It isn't great but it goes perfectly well with his music. Almost soothing sometimes.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Dasboard » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:22 pm UTC

Yeah, exactly :D

In overall, Dylan is Dylan and everything about him matches. Seriously I even heard he can be really moody at concerts and when he doesn't feel like giving one he just gives a quick, rubbish perfomance so he can go do something else. But when he does feel like it, he plays amazingly well and it's well worth taking the risk.

Even that matches his music perfectly. Which is amazing.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby KallistiEngel » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:44 pm UTC

Peter Galbavy wrote:I know he's been mentioned but any cover of a Bob Dylan song is better than the man himself performing it. A great songsmith, lyricist, whatever but can't stand his recordings.

Any cover. By anyone. Including you. Yes, you!

I will contest that. I mostly agree, but there are always exceptions. Take for example William Shatner's version of Dylan's Mr. Tambourine Man.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby CHR1110 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:55 pm UTC

philsov wrote:The problem I have with careless whisper is the same I have with metallica's "turn the page"

A guitar cannot simply replace a saxophone.


No, that's true. But it can sound a hell of alot better.

As before mentioned: Turn the Page - Covered by Metallica

Also:

Stevie Ray Vaughn's cover of Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" (Yeah, I'm probably going to get a crapload of flak over it, but whatever)

Disturbed's cover of "Land of Confusion" (Can't remember who originally performed it)
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby KallistiEngel » Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:23 am UTC

CHR1110 wrote:Disturbed's cover of "Land of Confusion" (Can't remember who originally performed it)

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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby CHR1110 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:19 am UTC

KallistiEngel wrote:
CHR1110 wrote:Disturbed's cover of "Land of Confusion" (Can't remember who originally performed it)

Genesis.


Thank you sir.

That's what I was thinking, but I'm too lazy to Google, and too prideful to type it and possibly look a fool.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Jesse » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:44 am UTC

I prefer Cat Power's I Found A Reason over the original by Lou Reed.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Under A Pale Grey Sky » Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:45 am UTC

Transatlantic's "A Salty Dog" over Procol Harum's.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Amie » Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:29 pm UTC

+1 for Metallica's cover of Turn the Page. I too, am sitting over the fence over this one. Can't decide which is better. However, I like their cover of Die, Die My Darling (originally by Misfits).

EDIT: Deep Purple's cover of Hush. Better than Joe South's version. *Gets ready for brickbat injuries*
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby A. Smith » Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:19 am UTC

One of the best covers I've heard is the Jeff Healey Band's cover of While my Guitar Gently Weeps (originally by the Beatles). Truly worth a listen.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Angelene » Sun Mar 21, 2010 8:27 pm UTC

I think I could say I prefer Cat Power's version of any song over the original, such if my deep and devout love for Chan Marshall.

I don't know if it's better, as much as it is beautifully different, and just oozes sultry sensuality...
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:23 pm UTC

Rinsaikeru wrote:I dunno, Don't Think Twice it's Alright is quite good sung by Bob Dylan, I've not found a version I prefer to his.


What about Peter, Paul, and Mary?

I have to agree about most Bob Dylan songs. The covers were better than his originals, like the previously-mentioned one, and Blowin' In The Wind. The latter was covered by PPM as well. Of course, I had heard their cover for years before learning it was a Bob Dylan original.

Another one I had heard some time ago was (I think) Erika Stuckey's cover of Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale. Don't know or remember who it was by, just heard on the PA in some store, was a female voice, and was just as good as the original.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Furburt » Wed Apr 14, 2010 12:50 pm UTC

I really do think that Chicago noise-punk band Big Blacks covers of He's a Whore by Cheap Trick, Rema Rema by the band of the same name and The Model by Kraftwerk far exceed the originals. They're just so intense.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby glitterbug12 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:46 pm UTC

Johnny Cash's version of Hurt is a million times better than the NIN original. It's amazing.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Goatboy » Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:16 am UTC

New Order ruined their own songs, Frente! fixed "Bizarre Love Triangle" and (go ahead and hate me) Orgy did a much better "Blue Monday." Cat Power does a great cover of "Wonderwall." And I know there's some lash against off-genre rap covers, but you need to listen to Mat Weddle's cover of "Hey Ya." You need it so much.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby TheMaestro » Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:38 pm UTC

I'd have to take Clapton's "I Shot the Sheriff" over Marley's.
Also The Beatles' "Please Mr. Postman" over The Marvelettes' any day.

Worthy of note are "Girl" and "All My Lovin'" from the Across The Universe Soundtrack which I believe are better than The Beatles versions ("Let It Be" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" are also amazing from that soundtrack)
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby sirfox » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:26 pm UTC

Two covers that jump to mind straight away that I prefer over the originals are

U2 - Helter Skelter (Beatles) and

William Shatner - Common People (Pulp)

It took me a long time to get into the Will Shatner cover but once i did i think it now beats the original
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby uncivlengr » Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:39 pm UTC

Rachael Yamagata doing the Hollies' Jesus was a Crossmaker
Iron and Wine doing The Postal Service's Such Great Heights
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby TheMaestro » Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:18 pm UTC

sirfox wrote:Two covers that jump to mind straight away that I prefer over the originals are

U2 - Helter Skelter (Beatles) and

William Shatner - Common People (Pulp)

It took me a long time to get into the Will Shatner cover but once i did i think it now beats the original


Is there any other Helter Skelter (U2) than the live version off of Rattle and Hum?

Also, anyone care to comment on their favourite version of Hallelujah? There are quite a few good ones...
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby sirfox » Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:37 pm UTC

Is there any other Helter Skelter (U2) than the live version off of Rattle and Hum?


As far as I am aware that is the only official album version of that song.

Also, anyone care to comment on their favourite version of Hallelujah?


Tim Minchin - Hallelujah

I think the female vocalist on this track lets the song down a fraction
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Rinsaikeru » Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:39 pm UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:
Rinsaikeru wrote:I dunno, Don't Think Twice it's Alright is quite good sung by Bob Dylan, I've not found a version I prefer to his.


What about Peter, Paul, and Mary?

I have to agree about most Bob Dylan songs. The covers were better than his originals, like the previously-mentioned one, and Blowin' In The Wind. The latter was covered by PPM as well. Of course, I had heard their cover for years before learning it was a Bob Dylan original.

Another one I had heard some time ago was (I think) Erika Stuckey's cover of Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale. Don't know or remember who it was by, just heard on the PA in some store, was a female voice, and was just as good as the original.


I like Dylan's better--he's got a much more jaded gruff sound in the song, which is sort of what the song's about. Great song, actually gonna listen to it now...but I like Dylan in general.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby 1337geek » Fri Apr 16, 2010 7:59 pm UTC

TheMaestro wrote:Also, anyone care to comment on their favourite version of Hallelujah? There are quite a few good ones...

You tryin' to start a war here? :wink: Personally, I prefer Rufus Wainwright's.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Felstaff » Fri Apr 16, 2010 8:38 pm UTC

sirfox wrote:William Shatner - Common People (Pulp)

Ha! Yeah, I love that song.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby TheMaestro » Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:22 pm UTC

1337geek wrote:
TheMaestro wrote:Also, anyone care to comment on their favourite version of Hallelujah? There are quite a few good ones...

You tryin' to start a war here? :wink: Personally, I prefer Rufus Wainwright's.


Nothing wrong with spicin' things up a bit :wink:

And for the record, mine's Jeff Buckley
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby TheAmazingRando » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:04 pm UTC

I probably like Jeff Buckley's version best, but John Cale's is good too.
Of course, if it were a 60s Leonard Cohen song and not a weird 80s Leonard Cohen song, it would blow all covers out of the water.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby Buddha with a bra on » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:47 pm UTC

Jeff Buckley or just maybe Imogen Heap's.
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Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Sat Apr 17, 2010 7:49 pm UTC

Buddha with a bra on wrote:Jeff Buckley or just maybe Imogen Heap's.
This. I also like Rufus' and Regina Spektor's versions.
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