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17 Nov 2012 20:45 #733189 by G-Man
Over on the covers thread Jah Womble said that Emmylou Harris achieved a rare thing by producing a cover of a Beatles song that eclipses the original, with her recording of "Here, There And Everywhere".

Now, I believe that Beatles songs are particularly adaptable, so there are many covers that are practically new songs (extreme examples: Isaac Hayes' version of "Something", Al Green's version of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and Bobby Taylor's "Eleanor Rigby").

There are some covers that I would regard as superior, apart from the two obvious ones, Earth, Wind & Fire's "Got To Get You Into My Life" and Joe Cocker "With A Little Help From My Friends.

Definitely better:
Wilson Pickett - Hey Jude
Marvin Gaye – Yesterday

Possibly better:
Spooky Tooth - I Am The Walrus (possibly)

Depending on my mood:
Ray Charles - Eleanor Rugby
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17 Nov 2012 21:29 #733214 by Commodore
I've always thought that Stevie Wonder's rendition of 'We Can Work It Out' was vastly superior to the original. Jimi Hendrix Experience also did a fine 'Day Tripper' on his Radio 1 session of '67 and Sergio Mendes's 'Norwegian Wood' is quite sublime.
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17 Nov 2012 21:35 #733219 by Calvert
Bowie's version of Across The Universe on Young Americans is probably musically superior, even though I love the original's weirdness .
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17 Nov 2012 21:48 #733224 by G-Man

Commodore wrote: I've always thought that Stevie Wonder's rendition of 'We Can Work It Out' was vastly superior to the original. Jimi Hendrix Experience also did a fine 'Day Tripper' on his Radio 1 session of '67 and Sergio Mendes's 'Norwegian Wood' is quite sublime.


Oh yes, I forgot to include Stevie Wonder's "We Can Work It Out" under "Definitely better".
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17 Nov 2012 21:51 #733227 by The Purple Cow
George Harrison said he wrote 'Something' with Ray Charles' voice in mind - but when he finally heard Charles' version he was disappointed.

However he thought James Brown's version of the song to be the best Beatles cover version he had ever heard.
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17 Nov 2012 22:16 #733231 by Outside Agent
Most Beatles covers are crap. For whatever reason, they don't transfer well. Not as well as, say, Bob Dylan's music. Anyway, one stands out - Joe Cocker's With A Little Help From My Friends.

Karen Carpenter's cover of Ticket To Ride is pretty damn good too, I'll add.
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17 Nov 2012 22:19 - 17 Nov 2012 22:19 #733232 by Cal Alamein
Well, it's not really better, but The Damned's version of Help! is miles speedier.
Last Edit: 17 Nov 2012 22:19 by Cal Alamein.
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17 Nov 2012 23:51 #733247 by Slightly Brown
Now, this is probably one of those maaaaaaan-I-wish-that-were-true moments, but the The Beatles went out to celebrate the release of Sergeant Pepper by having a few drinks, showing off their moustaches, taking in a band, etc. Now, said band piqued their interest, then said band played the entirety of Pepper, note for note. <cut to an aghast Macca and co.> Said band was the The Jimi Hendrix Experience. The Fab Four were gutted/impressed. I could Google this to see if it’s true, but it feels better not knowing for sure.
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18 Nov 2012 00:02 #733250 by multipleman78
No cover version is better than the original. More enjoyable perhaps but superior, never.
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18 Nov 2012 00:11 #733251 by Slightly Brown

multipleman78 wrote: No cover version is better than the original. More enjoyable perhaps but superior, never.


So I’m right in assuming you’re not Joe Cocker’s life-coach?
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18 Nov 2012 01:30 #733266 by Wyatt Earp
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18 Nov 2012 01:36 #733267 by Cal Alamein

Wyatt Earp wrote: Exhibit A

Exhibit B


Exhibit A - no way.
Exhibit B - a darn good effort.
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18 Nov 2012 01:55 #733269 by evilC
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18 Nov 2012 02:23 #733272 by Slightly Brown
This version is too accurate, but I like it.
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18 Nov 2012 06:16 - 18 Nov 2012 06:17 #733278 by Amor de Cosmos
Whenever this subject comes up, I always nominate this version of Every Little Thing . The band when downhill rapidly afterwards.
Last Edit: 18 Nov 2012 06:17 by Amor de Cosmos.
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18 Nov 2012 08:43 #733287 by MsD

Wyatt Earp wrote: Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Can't open those but I'm guessing they are Siouxsie and Co doing Dear Prudence and Helter Skelter, both terrific.
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18 Nov 2012 09:41 #733293 by Levin
This thread has been open for more than 12 hours and no one has mentioned Yellow Submarine ?

And yes G Man the Marvin Gaye cover is brilliant.
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18 Nov 2012 11:51 #733307 by Andy C
This is unexpected, and unexpectedly pretty good. Not as good as the original, of course, but it adds quite a lot of its own:

Petula Clark: Rain
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18 Nov 2012 13:39 - 18 Nov 2012 13:45 #733330 by Commodore

Andy C wrote: This is unexpected, and unexpectedly pretty good. Not as good as the original, of course, but it adds quite a lot of its own:

Petula Clark: Rain

That channel opens a whole new world of covers. Bill Cosby doing Sgt Pepper is mental. Keith Moon doing In My Life less so, surprisingly.
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18 Nov 2012 13:57 #733333 by Andy C
I didn't post the Petula Clark out of any sense of irony, and I don't think it's in any way mental. I think it's a very good shot at pulling off something that is very difficult indeed.
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