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On 13/06/2017 at 23:20, Dr. Gonzo said:

I don't think I've ever heard a Beatles cover I've liked. Even Coroner couldn't pull me in with a cover. The originals are always significantly better.

Bob Dylan's been covered really well though.

All 3 of those shit all over the Nobel Prize winning songwriter's versions imo. But I hate his voice - can't deny that he's a fantastic songwriter. Otherwise those covers would have been shite.

Bonus metal cover:

 

Prefer Dylan's version on all of those, even if I am in a massive minority when it comes to All Along the Watchtower. Hendrix's version is amazing, a sonic experience but for me Dylan and acoustic guitar is an unbeatable combination, the lyrics and the biblical connections seem more together with his version.

Then again I don't think there will ever be an artist on a par with Bob Dylan, I get people don't like his voice but I love it, he's done more than anyone to change music for me. A truly remarkable genius who stands apart from any of his peers, as good as many of them were and are. 

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I used to dislike Dylan's voice, but actually learned to appreciate it,  especially for the amount of emotion in his delivery of any song. The Dylan/Cash Sessions recordings from 1969 is what changed my opinion, mostly. Oh and I absolutely love A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall.

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3 hours ago, The Artful Dodger said:

Prefer Dylan's version on all of those, even if I am in a massive minority when it comes to All Along the Watchtower. Hendrix's version is amazing, a sonic experience but for me Dylan and acoustic guitar is an unbeatable combination, the lyrics and the biblical connections seem more together with his version.

Then again I don't think there will ever be an artist on a par with Bob Dylan, I get people don't like his voice but I love it, he's done more than anyone to change music for me. A truly remarkable genius who stands apart from any of his peers, as good as many of them were and are. 

Yeah fair enough, if you love an artist who gives a fuck what my opinion or anyone else's is. Music is for the listener.

I think Dylan is one of the best lyrisists ever. I'm not a fan of his voice, but that's just me personally. There's no doubt at all he's a legendary artist at all though & there's a good reason for that.

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Normally, I think the Beatles shouldn't be covered. This isn't better than the Beatles version... but it's still very good

*edit* Lol did I already post this in here? I've clearly mentioned it in that post of mine that was quoted earlier in here... and I say I didn't like it haha. I guess time changes things.

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On 21/08/2018 at 16:08, Machado said:

Whitney's version is actually a cover as well.

Oh and I just found out that Twist and Shout is also a cover ... mind blown.

I knew about Twist and Shout... but I had no idea Whitney’s version was a cover

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On 14/06/2017 at 08:20, Dr. Gonzo said:

I don't think I've ever heard a Beatles cover I've liked. Even Coroner couldn't pull me in with a cover. The originals are always significantly better. 

This is the best Beatles cover I've seen. 

 

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Continuing the theme of the Beatles covers - one needed to be around at the time when most of their wrrting was tightly controlled that covers were not allowed.  One which they did allow and which is nothing like the original was Anthony Newley's slightly corny -cockney - version of 'I saw her standing there'.  You need to refer it to the Mike Sarne 'hit' Come outside' in which he and Wendy Richard sent up the 60's dance hall culture and Newley did the same - although many thought he was just singing a good song.  It really does reflect the mood and the pop culture of that time- try imagining it with Phil Daniels and the gang in Quadrophenia!

As an additional piece of nonsense - check out the London-America release for the USA which credits John Lenin as the composer!

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A good cover should be far more than just a karaoke version of the original like so many are. The artist should stamp their own identity on it and give it something the original lacked.

A good example of this is the Pet Shop Boys cover of Sterling Void's 'It's Alright', one of the early Chicago house tunes from thr mid '80s.

The reason I have chosen this tune is because the original cover version was pretty much just a karaoke version, utterly pointless. They then remixed their own cover and made it sound like a Pet Shop Boys song rather than the clone version on their album Introspective. 

Here is the classic original by Sterling Void:

Here is the shitty karaoke clone version:

And here is the single version that they made sound as though they wrote it:

 

That, for me, is what a cover version should and shouldn't be

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On 14/03/2019 at 11:37, CaaC (John) said:

I can remember buying the first BeeGees LP they released in 1967 when I was a young long-haired hippie lookalike then, only 18 years old and the cover had a psychedelic look about it  O.o

The songs...

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Lol I’ve just seen this but mate, we’re talking about artists covering another artists songs, not cool album covers.

That is a cool album cover though.

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