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Friday, June 15, 2012

My Favorite Cover Songs

This post is about some of my favorite cover songs

Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Original: The Temptations
Cover: The Rolling Stones
Opinion: The original version by the Temptations is fantastic, and the cover the Rolling Stones do give it a sort of hard rock touch to it. Both editions are excellent!

You Really Got Me
Original: The Romantics
Cover: Van Halen
Opinion: Van Halen's take on the song by the Romantics is hard rock, hard egded and just good.

Dancing in the Street
Original: Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
Cover: Mick Jagger and David Bowie, Van Halen, The Mamas and the Papas, Mya
Opinion: The version Jagger and Bowie do is ok, but it sounds too jazzy, too R&B-ish, but it's good in its own way. The Van Halen edition is, like all their songs, a hard egded, 80s rock version that's generally just good. The Mamas and the Papas version is too flowery for me, and Mya's version is good to get up and dance to.

Just My Imagination(Running Away with Me)
Original: The Temptations
Cover: The Rolling Stones
Opinion: The Temptations really excel at this song. I adore their music. And when the Stones do it, you can actually hear Jagger's accent come out slightly when he says a certain word or whatever. both versions rock!

You Can't Hurry Love
Original: Diana Ross and the Supremes
Cover: Phil Collins
Opinion: Phil Collins adds an 80s touch to this classic by The Supremes. I assume that if younger kids hear a song like this, they might be tempted to discover who sings it and learn about musicians from decades prior.

All Along the Watchtower
Original: Bob Dylan
Cover: Jimi Hendrix
Opinion: Hands down, Hendrix wins! He adds a psychadelic, 60s flavor to it.

American Woman
Original: The Guess Who
Cover: Lenny Kravitz
Opinion: Hands down, Kravitz! His edition is kind of rock-ish, and I love it when it plays on the radio. I crank it up every time it plays on the radio.

Come Together
Original: The Beatles
Cover: Aerosmith
Opinion: Both versions are good. The only reason Aerosmith recorded a version is because they were featured in a Beatles movie. But both versions sound similar, yet both are good. And besides, Aerosmith played Beatles music when the first started

Heard It Through the Grapevine
Original: Gladys Knight and the Pips
Cover: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Marvin Gaye
Opinion: I may not listen to this band much, but I do love their take on this song. Has a folksy, rock touch to it I can't get enough of! I'm really thinking about listening to these guys.

Let's Spend the Night Together
Original: The Rolling Stones
Cover: David Bowie
Opinion: David Bowie's version is too fast. Can't really keep up with the words, and it's too dance-y for me. I love the Stones original version. From the book According to the Rolling Stones, it's said to be 'barrel house piano driven.'

Stand By Me
Original: Ben E. King
Cover: John Lennon
Opinion: The original is good, but John Lennon gives it a folksy, rock touch. I love the Lennon version just a tad bit more.

Tainted Love
Original: Soft Cell
Cover: The Scorpions
Opinion: The Scorpions take on the classic Soft Cell hit sounds like something out of a heavy metal concert. Love it.

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