Jerry Lee Lewis (of all people) does a cover of Over the Rainbow, which is not as good as Garland, and is obviously more masculine, but I like it.
I do like the Eva Cassidy version. But, I still like Garland's best.
Since we’re discussing American icons like Over the Rainbow, I’ll throw in this "cover" of Moon River. This is actually the "demo" recording with Mancini playing the piano and Mercer singing.
I have it on an Oxford American Southern Music CD Sampler.
To me it blows all the others away.
The Beatles: "Rock & Roll Music" (Chuck Berry original of course).
Dave Edmunds: "I Hear You Knocking" (Smiley Lewis original); "Born To Be With You" (The Chordettes original); "Singing The Blues" (Marty Robbins original); "Almost Saturday Night" (John Fogerty original); a bunch more. Edmunds is my favorite song re-interpreter.
Elvis Presley: "Hound Dog" (Big Mama Thornton original).
The Byrds: "My Back Pages" (Bob Dylan original); "Mr. Tambourine Man" (ditto).
The Bobby Fuller Four: "I Fought The Law" (The Crickets original); "Love's Made A Fool Of You" (ditto).
The Guess Who: "Shakin' All Over" (Johnnie Kidd & The Pirates original).
.....to be continued!.....
Jenny Lewis "Handle With Care" (maybe not better but great effort)
Annie Lennox "Strange Fruit"
Patricia Barber "A Taste of Honey"
The Cowboy Junkies "Betty Lonely"
Eels "Oh Well"
The Meters "Wichita Lineman" (maybe not better but a damn good effort)
Robert Plant/Alison Krauss "Nothin’"
Ryan Adams "Down in a Hole"
Joan Taylor Shaw "War Pigs"
Aretha Franklin "Respect"
Eric Clapton "I Shot the Sheriff"
Kapt Kopter & the FabulousTwirly Birds "Day Tripper"
Lucinda Williams "It’s a Long Way to the Top"
The Remains "I’m a Man" "All Day and All of the Night" "Like a Rolling Stone"
Richard Thompson "Oops!, I Did it Again"
Van Halen "Pretty Woman" (a good effort)
Ides Of March "Wooden Ships"
BTW, there is a thread from a while back similar to this...….
like @bdp24, to be continued...….
Santana & Patricia Barber "Black Magic Woman"
Van Halen "Dancing in the Street"
John Mayall Blues Breakers "What I'd Say"
Janis Joplin "Me and Bobby McGee"
Gregg Allman "These Days"
John Mayer "Bold As Love"
Mudcrutch "Lover of the Bayou"
Allman Brothers "She Has Funny Cars"
Joe Cocker "Feelin' Alright"
more to come.....
Ha! slaw’s Richard Thompson cover of "Oops!...I Did It Again" is genius! Fun topic. And djones51’s The Band’s "I Shall Be Released" is one I wish I had made (maybe I did in the similar thread?). Richard Manuel’s falsetto vocal is really special. For another great version of his Janis Joplin's "Me And Bobby McGee", give a listen to Gordon Lightfoot's recording. ARC's Bill Johnson really liked the recorded sound quality of the album it's on (If You Could Read My Mind) too.
+1 Talking Heads - Take me to the River
Alison Krauss/Viktor Krauss - Big Log
Amy Winehouse - Valerie
Pink - Me and Bobby McGee
Travis - Baby One More Time (yet another Brittany Spears song)
As far as Stairway to Heaven, it hard to believe that a cover could be better than the original, but Heart's version comes close.
For me Shout by Otis Day and the Knights (Lloyd Williams) is one of the greatest covers of all time. The original Isley Brothers version is really good. Our local oldies station plays it all the time. But the Animal House version just adds so much to it that I have a hard time hearing it any other way.
I'll admit, the Animal House version has all the associated coolness of the movie associated with it including the impeccable placement of the song within the movie.
Lloyd Cole: "Chelsea Hotel"
Rosanne Cash: "River"
Bryan Ferry: "All Tomorrow's Parties"
Mott the Hoople: "Sweet Jane"
The Primitives: "I'll Be Your Mirror"
Allison Krause: "Can't Find My Way Home"
Jeffrey Gaines: "Win"
Three Dog Night: "Eli's Coming"
Linda Ronstadt: "Party Girl"
The Jam: "David Watts"
Buffalo Tom: "Going Underground"
Gram Parsons' original recording of his "A Song For You" (on his debut album GP) is real fine, but the cover by The Continental Drifters is much, much better. The Drifters were a 1990's L.A. supergroup with members from The Bangles, The db's, The Cowsills, The Dream Syndicate, and a great drummer named Carlo Nuccio (who played on Tori Amos' first album). They made one album in L.A., hosted Tuesday nights at Raji's on Hollywood Blvd., then moved to New Orleans where they recorded two more albums. A great group.
Thanks Tomcy6. That solo gives me goosebumps everytime. According to the insert of his best of CD. He heard it and said I have to record it. He went into the studio and didn't what on his bass player. He had the inspiration and creativity in that window of time and he nailed it! He had to what to release it.
One of the last songs the late GREAT Stan Rogers recorded was Mary McCaslin's "Going Down the Road". I'd guess that most people aren't familiar with him. Listen to this song. It's amazing. Stan could take a song that I never cared for the first time around and turn it into gold. I felt his loss like many felt when John Lennon died. Enjoy. Joe
The one the only late great Ms.Laura Nryo .Was a great song writer and performer.Wedding Bell Blues-5th.Dimenson ,Stoney End -Barbara Streisand,And When I Die-Blood,Sweat and Tears ,Eli Coming-Three Dog Night ,Stoned Soul Picnic -5th Dimension ,its Gonna take a Miracle -Royalettes -Dennis Williams ,Save the Country-5th Dimension .All I can say is Wow.She recorded released all the songs on her own.
Really? No mention of Joe Cocker turning “A Little Help From My Friends” over under sideways down and then inside out at Woodstock? Sheesh! Hard to believe it’s the same song and it continues to give me goosebumps every time I listen to it. Absolutely OWNED it.
So far as “Respect” by Otis Redding goes I’ll give the nod to Aretha but both versions are damn fine in every...respect. Aretha pretty much OWNED it as well but when ya listen to Otis - anything by him - you can’t help but...well, same goes for Aretha. Truly incredible artists.