Re: Concept of covers
posted at 2/26/2014 1:23 PM EST
Normally a question like this would be the perfect opportunity to start ranting (which I like to do...and you know this, but you encourage me anyway).
But I'm going to surprise you and be really positive about this one....(no promises for future topics), I'm going to try for a "kindler, gentler" approach in the rest of 2014. But, beware , I've tried before and failed.
I like covers. I really like covers.
Most covers are of really good songs (why would you cover a lousy song?).
The Talk, Talk song that Matty mentions 'It's My Life' is great, the cover is well done and I like it almost as much as the original. Polar mentions 'The Man Who Sold The World' the David Bowie song covered by Nirvana. It helps that I like both artists, but Nirvana does a smashing rendition of an incrediblly great song.
Easily one of my favorite songs 'Hair Of The Dog' by Nazareth is covered well by Guns'N'Roses , it doesn't hold a candle to the live version ( from 'Snaz) , but, just the same it is a good song and really tough to ruin it....and they didn't....they brought this great song to a younger generation.
Some other great covers of note:
Santana- 'Black Magic Woman' ( would you have ever gone back and discovered the genius of Peter Green without hearing this gem...done by another master craftsman?
Gov't Mule - 'Cortez The Killer'...a Neil Young classic done marvelously.
'Walking The Dog' by many artists ( Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and the Trashmen covered this one , my favorite is by the Trashmen but I have a soft spot for this "Surf" band from Minnesota.
Speaking of Minnesota, is there a better cover than Hendrix version of 'All Along The Watchtower?'
A real favorite of mine is Graham Parker's live cover of the Jackson 5 song 'I Want You Back.'
Riot does a great version of Deep Purple's 'Burn.'
Stephen Stills covered two songs by his old buddy, Neil Young....'New Mama' and 'The Loner.'
The ones that get lots of airplay and I don't really like them are the Beatles covers by Joe Cocker.
I've probably mentioned before that the instrumental cover by Blackmore's Rainbow that closes out the debut album is the Yardbirds classic 'Still I'm Sad', an incredible tour de force, by Ritchie.
Speaking of Ritchie Blackmore, Ingwie Malmsteen's album of all covers ( 'Inspiration') hits on a number of Deep Purple and Rainbow songs and offers a sensational cover of 'In The Dead Of Night' by U.K. and 'Carry On Wayward Son' by Kansas.
Two of my favorite songs the Beatles chose to cover are 'Matchbox' (Carl Perkins) and 'Money'...done by so many that I am not even sure who sang the original.
The Surf bands ( mentioned the Trashmen) of the 60's like the Challengers and the Astronauts made a living covering great Rock'N'Roll, I think the popular version of 'Louie, Louie' by the Kingsmen is also a cover....you can correct me if I am wrong...I won't get mad ( the "kindler, gentler" thing...remember?).
The worst of all time ( and the original is no great song, anyway) is 'Muskrat Love' not sure why Captain and Tennille would bother ( but they did "schlocky stuff" so I guess that's my answer...right?) , this was America's worst attempt, I don't know why anyone would buy it.....they should have made a sequel to Ventura Highway or Horse With No Name, but not Tin Man....uh-oh, I'm starting to rant....better stop now.