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    Better than the original

    Which cover versions are better than the original recordings? Argumentation?
    As example: Sarah Jane Morris' 1989 version of Billy Paul's 1972 hit "Me and Mrs Jones" because of her low vocal range. It attained cult status as the BBC banned it for its lesbian implications.
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    Johnny Cash

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    Cash added signature gravitas to U2's mega ballad when he cut the song for 2000's American III: Solitary Man. A spare, acoustic arrangement, Cash's version finds him speak-singing the lyrics, infusing them with a vitriol Bono could never muster. The line "did I disappoint you, or leave a bad taste in your mouth?" is downright indignant.

    Cash's most famous cover, recognized by MTV for its haunting music video, "Hurt" has become synonymous with the Country Music Hall of Famer's final days. Frail, hollow-eyed and shaking in the video, those same tremors are felt in his vocal delivery. It is the sound of resignation.

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    Steve Miller, Filthy McNasty, 1988, Capitol Germany, 20 2877 7

    The most popular version IMHO of Horace Silver's composition comes from the gangster of love. Produced by space cowboy Ben Sidran. Sax by Bobby Malach.
    This version is all good clean fun but for the Jazz admirer not better than the original.
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    The Beatles' version of "Twist and Shout" is the definitive version of that song, quite a bit better than the original.

    Cheap Trick's version of "Ain't That a Shame" is also better than the original, although it was based on John Lennon's 1975 cover version rather than on Fats Domino's.

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    I've never seen a challenge easier to comment on than this topic. "My Favorite Things" covered by John Coltrane with a soprano sax masterpiece.

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    +1 There Clark, one of my favorite covers by Coltrane, McCoy Tyner is sublime on this cover as well, I dont think it would be as incredible without his contribution.
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    Young Man Blues

    While I like Mose Allison's original I really like The Who's version from The Kids Are Alright (or any other of their live versions), I am partial to The Who so...
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    Rolling Stones, Harlem Shuffle, 1986, Rolling Stones Records, Holland, A 6864

    Because of the cover art work: Kool Kat Club!
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    Jimi Hendrix, All along the watchtower, 1968

    Will there ever be a better version than this one? A golden great....
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    Johnny Winter, Let It Bleed, 1973 from LP "Still Alive And Well"

    Listen to the outro of "Let it bleed" by Johnny Winter: "Goddamnit, did that get it, or what?"
    It did, IMHO.
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    Dada, Last Time 1970

    Interesting version of Jagger/Richards "Last Time". Psychedlic version with powerful vocals by "Elkie Brooks". Dada?
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    Jimmy James And The Vagabonds, Good Day Sunshine, 1968

    Better than the original by The Beatles? Not possible? Listen to this version of "Good day sunshine" by Jimmy James and the Vagabonds, produced by John Schroeder for Pye Records. Slow (as possible)version, powerful harmonies of women vocals, fat horns, big orchestra and everything. Phil Chen played the guitar solos and fills. This is not rubber soul...
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    Babe Ruth, Black Dog, 1972

    Chilling version of Jesse Winchester's original "Black dog", because of the twin guitars by Alan Shacklock, the dramatic vocals by Janita Haan and the piano solo.
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    Whose memory serves him well enough to remember that This Wheel's On Fire was written and originally recorded by Bob Dylan? Well, the version of Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and The Trinity version was very popular in the psychedelic summer of love year 1967. Note Julie's great voice (which by far is superior than Bob's) and the keyboard work of Hammond Merlin Brian Auger:

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    MacArthur Park is a song by Jim Webb. It's original version, recorded by Richard Harris, has been selected as the worst song of all times in a poll in 1992. In 1972 it was recorded by Scottish band Beggars Opera for their 3rd album, Pathfinder. Note the excellent keyboard work of then 21 years young Alan Park, who also had rearranged this song and turned it into a little art rock gem. Please forget that unbearable 1978 disco verson by Donna Summer!

    Who wants to leave his cake out in the rain?

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