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Thread started 02/11/18 2:22pm

DollarGeneral

When The Cover Version Is Better Than The Original version

The original Bruce version is HORRIBLE!!!

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Reply #1 posted 02/11/18 2:29pm

ThatWhiteDude

I like MJ's version of "Come Together" waaaayyy better than the original.

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Reply #2 posted 02/11/18 11:11pm

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ThatWhiteDude said:

I like MJ's version of "Come Together" waaaayyy better than the original.

me too biggrin

On another note, I adore Chris Cornell's cover of Billie Jean. I do not know if it's better but it's amazing that he turned it into a bluesy ballad

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Reply #3 posted 02/12/18 7:56am

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DollarGeneral said:

The original Bruce version is HORRIBLE!!!

Totally disagree- once you hear Bruce's original version,Manfred Mann' seems so overblown ! And the remake eliminates about half of the lyrics.

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Reply #4 posted 02/12/18 11:23am

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Deniece Williams' "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" is leagues better than the Marvellettes'.

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Reply #5 posted 02/12/18 12:15pm

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Several of Luther Vandross' cover versions are better than the original,imo

"Superstar","Since I Lost My Baby"

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Reply #6 posted 02/13/18 2:08pm

PeteSilas

doesn't happen often one i can think of off the top of my head is Aretha Franklin's superior cover of Ben E. King's "Don't Play That Song For Me".

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Reply #7 posted 02/13/18 2:52pm

Comser

Im sure Im the only one but....

here are a few:

Stacy Lattisaw - Love On A Two Way Street (better than The Moments)

If I Can't Have You - The Bee Gees is alright...but I loved Yvonne Eliman & Kim Wilde much better

Celine Dion did better with "The Power Of Love" than Jennifer Rush, Laura Branigan, Air Supply

Whitney's The Greatest Love Of All is better than George Benson version

Thats What Friends Are Fpr by Dionne & Friends is better than Rod Stewart version

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Reply #8 posted 02/13/18 3:26pm

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Comser said:

Im sure Im the only one but....

here are a few:

Stacy Lattisaw - Love On A Two Way Street (better than The Moments)

If I Can't Have You - The Bee Gees is alright...but I loved Yvonne Eliman & Kim Wilde much better

Celine Dion did better with "The Power Of Love" than Jennifer Rush, Laura Branigan, Air Supply

Whitney's The Greatest Love Of All is better than George Benson version

Thats What Friends Are Fpr by Dionne & Friends is better than Rod Stewart version

i will always love you by whitney is far superior to the writer/singer Parton's version.

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Reply #9 posted 02/13/18 4:54pm

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ThatWhiteDude said:

I like MJ's version of "Come Together" waaaayyy better than the original.

Yep. I also prefer EWF's take "Got to get you into my life".

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Reply #10 posted 02/13/18 9:24pm

jjhunsecker

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PeteSilas said:

doesn't happen often one i can think of off the top of my head is Aretha Franklin's superior cover of Ben E. King's "Don't Play That Song For Me".

I would also add Aretha's remake of King's "Spanish Harlem"

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Reply #11 posted 02/14/18 5:12am

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I prefer Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah to Leonard Cohen's. Both are wonderful though.
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Reply #12 posted 02/14/18 8:06am

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Me'shell & John Mellencamp - Wild Night (especially the acoustic version)

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Reply #13 posted 02/14/18 8:07am

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Donna Summer - MacArthur Park

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Reply #14 posted 02/14/18 8:25am

namepeace

PeteSilas said:

doesn't happen often one i can think of off the top of my head is Aretha Franklin's superior cover of Ben E. King's "Don't Play That Song For Me".


Really good one.

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Reply #15 posted 02/14/18 8:26am

namepeace

I'd say the jazz artists covering the Great American Songbook (Gershwin, Porter et al) are next-level versions of the originals. Too many to name, more later.

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Reply #16 posted 02/14/18 9:36am

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The 2 Bruce Springsteen cover versions of Fire by The Pointer Sisters (1978) and Pink Cadalic (1988) by Natalie Cole.
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Reply #17 posted 02/14/18 3:11pm

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Reply #18 posted 02/14/18 8:13pm

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I always loved Chaka Khan's cover of "We Can Work It Out" way greater than the Beatles.
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Reply #19 posted 02/14/18 10:27pm

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MotownSubdivision said:

Deniece Williams' "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" is leagues better than the Marvellettes'.

That's the Royallettes. I dig Deniece's version but over time I appreciated the

musical production and harmonies of the Royallettes version more. The Royallettes version is

just sweet and heartfelt.

[Edited 2/14/18 22:34pm]

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Reply #20 posted 02/14/18 10:39pm

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I always liked Chantay's version better than Gloria Gaynor's

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Reply #21 posted 02/15/18 5:15am

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jjhunsecker said:

DollarGeneral said:

The original Bruce version is HORRIBLE!!!

Totally disagree- once you hear Bruce's original version,Manfred Mann' seems so overblown ! And the remake eliminates about half of the lyrics.

yeahthat

Not to mention that "douche" lyric in Manfred Mann's version.... lol



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Reply #22 posted 02/15/18 7:17am

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phunkdaddy said:



MotownSubdivision said:


Deniece Williams' "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" is leagues better than the Marvellettes'.




That's the Royallettes. I dig Deniece's version but over time I appreciated the


musical production and harmonies of the Royallettes version more. The Royallettes version is


just sweet and heartfelt.

[Edited 2/14/18 22:34pm]

You're right, my mistake. I meant to type Royallettes but the Marvellettes were on my mind.

That's not to say I don't enjoy the Royallettes' version but Deniece slayed it in her rendition.
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Reply #23 posted 02/15/18 10:58pm

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MotownSubdivision said:

phunkdaddy said:

That's the Royallettes. I dig Deniece's version but over time I appreciated the

musical production and harmonies of the Royallettes version more. The Royallettes version is

just sweet and heartfelt.

[Edited 2/14/18 22:34pm]

You're right, my mistake. I meant to type Royallettes but the Marvellettes were on my mind. That's not to say I don't enjoy the Royallettes' version but Deniece slayed it in her rendition.

thumbs up!

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Reply #24 posted 02/16/18 8:24am

namepeace

Hamad said:

ThatWhiteDude said:

I like MJ's version of "Come Together" waaaayyy better than the original.

Yep. I also prefer EWF's take "Got to get you into my life".


It's EWF's song now! smile

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Reply #25 posted 02/16/18 8:25am

namepeace

Isaac Hayes had a way with covers.

"Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Walk On By" surpassed the originals.

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Reply #26 posted 02/16/18 8:26am

namepeace

Al Green did too:

"How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" and "Pretty Woman" were better than the originals.

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Reply #27 posted 02/16/18 8:28am

namepeace

As for Christmas songs, Motown artists consistently made definitive covers.

The Supremes' "White Christmas," The Temps' "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and the Jackson 5's "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" come to mind.

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Reply #28 posted 02/16/18 9:24am

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namepeace said:

Isaac Hayes had a way with covers.

"Never Can Say Goodbye" and "Walk On By" surpassed the originals.

Great choices. Took me a while to warm up to the latter, as I love Dionne's version. But the production of Isaac's version fits the mood of the song way more. Furthermore, I'm always gravitated toward psychedelic-like production.

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Reply #29 posted 02/16/18 10:41am

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On another tangent, it's kinda intriguing how today's names never cover each other's music. Back in the day there could be 2 or more versions of the same song getting airplay around the same time.

An artist could take an obscure, unknown song and make a hit out of it (i.e. "Always Something There to Remind Me", "Tainted Love","I Will Always Love You", Huey Lewis and the News' "Heart and Soul") and if the song was a hit in the past, could bring it back to relevance (i.e. "Keep Me Hanging On", Phil Collins' "Can't Hurry Love") or possibly make a bigger hit out of it (i.e. "Nothing Compares 2 U", "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "War", "Superstition" etc.). At worst, if the cover wasn't a hit, it provided a different flavor in which to enjoy the song. That doesn't happen anymore.
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