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Thread started 09/02/22 11:51am

StrangeButTrue

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Your Favorite New Versions (Not Remixes)

Was listening to "Thank You for Talkin' to Me, Africa", very creative to redo a song in a totally different style.

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Whats your favorite re-done version of a popular song? I'm not talking remixes I'm talking new vocals/instrumentation and same lyrics.

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Songs that come to mind include Janet's "Together Again", I'm reading that Shania Twain made one album in 3 different styles, Roisin Murphy's recent "Machine" album had two versions. Prince was also one for new versions, like Let's Go Crazy Reloaded.

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Share any re-done versions that you think were done tastefully and creatively. Or don't. lol Its tumbleweeds around here lately.

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Reply #1 posted 09/02/22 12:22pm

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The single version of No One Is To Blame by Howard Jones was re-recorded with Phil Collins on drums & background vocals. It was also on a remix album by Howard called Action Replay. The original version on the Dream Into Action album was different. Although called remixes, New Edition/BBD & Mariah Carey would make versions with different vocals like house/club versions & hip hop mixes. There's a version of Mama Said Knock You Out by LL Cool J called Hot Mix, which has different vocals. Many acts released an alternate language version that I liked (The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Cash, Julio Iglegsias, Kraftwerk, Sting, David Lee Roth, etc.). Some oldies artists like BB. King & James Brown would re-record some songs several times over the decades, sometimes with a different title (Downhearted aka I Got Some Outside Help I Don't Need). I like James' 1974 version of Please Please Please on the Hell album and the 1976 version of I Feel Good.

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Reply #2 posted 09/08/22 6:53am

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"House of the rising son" by Somi

https://youtu.be/rA0M-DEKw9Q

... EDit: I thought you meant versions significantly different to the original / famous version of songs...

[Edited 9/8/22 8:47am]

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Reply #3 posted 09/11/22 9:16am

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I like That Lady by The Isley Brothers. They originally released a different version called Who's That Lady in 1964, when they were still a trio of the older brothers.

You can take a black guy to Nashville from right out of the cotton fields with bib overalls, and they will call him R&B. You can take a white guy in a pin-stripe suit who’s never seen a cotton field, and they will call him country. ~ O. B. McClinton
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Reply #4 posted 09/15/22 8:13am

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I LOVE the 1964 version of "That Lady", thanks MickyDolenz!

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Stumbled across Donna Summer's version of Luther Vandross' "Power Of Love". Donna took it in a whole different direction.

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