Great Covers of Great Already Songs

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    I've been hooked on Shiny Toy Guns' cover of Peter Schilling's Major Tom [link] - the original was awesome, but this version is excellent too... and I very rarely end up liking any song other than the original; unless it's so different it kind of becomes a whole new song.

    What other covers are as good or better than the originals?
     
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    Thea Gilmore did a cover of the entire John Wesley Harding album of Bob Dylan. I was surprised that I really liked so many of her takes on the songs. I too am not generally fond of covers, especially if I really liked the original and played it so much I wore it a groove in my brain.

    Gilmore really goes for Dylan, I believe she recently did a concert in honor of his 70th birthday...
     
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    For starters, better than the original...

    • Aretha Franklin's version of Otis Redding's Respect
    • Jimi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's All Along The Watchtower
    • The Byrds' take on Bob Dylan's Mr. Tambourine Man
    • Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt
    • Elbow's interpretation of Destiny's Child's Independent Woman

    ...and I enjoy Soft Cell's take on Tainted Love almost as much as Gloria Jones' original, the same is true to of Madness' cover of Labi Siffre's It Must Be Love.
     
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    Hurt by Johnny Cash was a whole lot better than the original, I thought.

    ...and Respect and Tambourine Man were like the only versions that charted, weren't they? :confused:
     
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    Wow, that's one of my favorite Dylan albums. I'll have to check that cover out. Thanks for posting!:)

    Speaking of Johnny Cash, his album Unchained is full of amazing covers.
     
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    I should just point out that I'm not at all keen on Destiny's Child, by the way.

    Just so we're all clear on that.
     
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    Too late. I've already judged you.
     
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    You have to be snake-like, to get that in before gerbil, or is it Janet0? ;)
     
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    Yeah, that thread is quite the disaster.:rolleyes:
     
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    I enjoy the version of 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You' that Muse did on BBC Re:Covered couple of years ago.

    It also appears on the 'Dead Star/ In Your World' EP.
     
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    Mary Lee's Corvette covered the entire Dylan album Blood on the Tracks and it's well worth a listen, just playing the songs and doing a good job of it.
    I've played it a lot.

    Claudia Bettinaglio did an album of Tom Waits covers called Saving All My Love and every note she sings puts a shiver on me.
    If you like Tom Waits' lyrics but need a change from his style of delivery then check it out for an enjoyable listen.
     
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    ^^^^Proof at how subjective this topic can be. :p;)


    Same here. That's a great one.
     
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    There's not a lot Dylan material that doesn't sound better sung by someone other than Dylan.
     
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    Jet Silver and the Dolls of Venus, originally by Be Bop Deluxe, covered by Jason Falkner. Pure genius.
     
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    Not *really* a cover, since it's an old gospel song, but Johnny Cash made an excellent recording of "God's Gonna Cut You Down" (aka "Run On") - anyone that tries to record it again is going to have a very tough act to follow.

    I thought Duran Duran did a great job with Grandmaster Flash's and the Furious Five's "White Lines."
     
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    No apology needed. It really is a vey subjective topic. What you find good, I might not, and vice versa.


    See:

    Disagree.

    /shrug
     
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    Susan Boyle's amazing cover of the Rolling Stones' (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards) "Wild Horses."
     
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    I will definitely check that out later. I love her voice but cant imagine her doing a Stones song.
     
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    Eric Clapton's rendition of I shot the Sheriff is much better (but again I don't like reggae at all, so... :p)

    Jordan Ruddess did a version of Dancing on a Volcano, originally from Genesis, which I appreciate more.
     
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    As arranged by Andrew Lloyd Webber. ;)
     
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    Bob Dylan's singing makes me want to stab a fork in my ear. Incredible lyricist. Terrible singer.
     
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    .....in your opinion. Not as a universal truth.;)

    I happen to like his voice*. It also really depends on the song/album/era.


    *except for the way it sounds in the past few years. At this point, I think he should retire.
     

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