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One of my favourite cover versions is Walk On By by the Stranglers.

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I used to set a music quiz in my local a few years back. One night I told the gathered participants that I was going to play two versions of the same song and wanted to know who the artists were. I hinted that they might find it difficult as both versions were very similar. I then played about a minute of Dionne Warwick's version followed by about a minute of the Stranglers' cover.

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I was listening to Melanie's version of Ruby Tuesday last night, better than the original IMO.  Also the Beatles version of "Words of Love" is IMO superior to the Buddy Holly original.  Worst cover version I've ever heard is the Carpenters' version of Please Mr Postman.  Sung pat, and totally without the passion both the Beatles and the Marvelettes put into it.

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A couple of 60s OZ bands

 

 

and Zoot, with Rick Springfield on guitar before he moved to the US and became a soap actor

 

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Patti Griffins cover of Springsteens Stolen Car is a brilliant cover, more haunting and better than the original. 

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One of the most covered songs has to be April In Paris, originally by Freddie Martin in the 1930's I could easily have picked out Sarah Vaughan's, Ella Fitzgerald's or countless other versions but this is my favourite.

"One more time" Count Basie and his Orchestra.

 

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22 hours ago, Leeds Wire said:

 

My wife prefers the Animals's version, so do I, I also prefer the Sam Cooke version.  The Animals version has this on the B side, on of my favourites of theirs.

 

Edited by Trojan

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The thought of this lot having to send royalty cheques to Michael Jackson is surreal...

The video has it all, a chimpanzee, pavements lighting up, young children....

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I thought I'd turn it on its head. The most famous version is a cover by jimi hendrix.

But very few people are familiar with what is supposed to be the original,(it's probably derived from another song). which I came across whilst learning the song.

I really like it. 

 

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One of the best Dylan covers - " It's All Over Now Baby Blue " by Them.

One of the worst covers ever - The Beatles - " Mr Moonlight ". The Merseybeats cover and the Dr Feelgood and the Interns ( not from Canvey Island ) original are miles better.

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1 hour ago, westlondonfan said:

Another good cover version is Elvis Presley’s version of Guitar Man.

Elvis’s guitarist at the time couldn’t make it sound as good as Jerry Reed’s original ( which was played on nylon strings ) so they got Jerry Reed to come in and play on Elvis’s version too.

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On 06/12/2017 at 10:31 AM, Old Frightful said:

The thought of this lot having to send royalty cheques to Michael Jackson is surreal...

The video has it all, a chimpanzee, pavements lighting up, young children....

Absolutely slays Jacko's version.

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On 12/7/2017 at 9:10 PM, Trojan said:

Billy Bragg wrote it, but even he says this is a better version

 

RIP Kirsty.

I hadn't even realised Bragg had recorded an original version.

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