25 thoughts on “Covers vs. The Original”

  1. Some singers are better than others. I heard Journey found a new lead singer in the Philippines by listening to covers.

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  2. Robert A. McReynolds:
    Sometimes you just find a cover that is better than the original.

    Not sure which one you consider “the original.” Early versions, like Leadbelly’s and Woody Guthrie’s, were more basic. It is, after all, a folk song. The Animals version is almost a different song since it’s more rock than folk. It’s apples and oranges.

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  3. drlorentz:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Sometimes you just find a cover that is better than the original.

    Not sure which one you consider “the original.” Early versions, like Leadbelly’s and Woody Guthrie’s, were more basic. It is, after all, a folk song. The Animals version is almost a different song since it’s more rock than folk. It’s apples and oranges.

    I didn’t know the Animals wasn’t the original. Thanks.

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  4. Robert A. McReynolds:

    drlorentz:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Sometimes you just find a cover that is better than the original.

    Not sure which one you consider “the original.” Early versions, like Leadbelly’s and Woody Guthrie’s, were more basic. It is, after all, a folk song. The Animals version is almost a different song since it’s more rock than folk. It’s apples and oranges.

    I didn’t know the Animals wasn’t the original. Thanks.

    Robert, are you admitting to a mistake?

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    Robert A. McReynolds:

    drlorentz:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Sometimes you just find a cover that is better than the original.

    Not sure which one you consider “the original.” Early versions, like Leadbelly’s and Woody Guthrie’s, were more basic. It is, after all, a folk song. The Animals version is almost a different song since it’s more rock than folk. It’s apples and oranges.

    I didn’t know the Animals wasn’t the original. Thanks.

    Robert, are you admitting to a mistake?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfw21fmsVC8

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  6. Robert A. McReynolds:

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    Robert A. McReynolds:

    drlorentz:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Sometimes you just find a cover that is better than the original.

    Not sure which one you consider “the original.” Early versions, like Leadbelly’s and Woody Guthrie’s, were more basic. It is, after all, a folk song. The Animals version is almost a different song since it’s more rock than folk. It’s apples and oranges.

    I didn’t know the Animals wasn’t the original. Thanks.

    Robert, are you admitting to a mistake?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfw21fmsVC8

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uwkU8-d1gIk

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  7. danok1:
    One of the best examples of a cover improving on the original:

    Pretty much every Bob Dylan song is better as a cover.

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  8. Vance:

    danok1:
    One of the best examples of a cover improving on the original:

    Pretty much every Bob Dylan song is better as a cover.

    That’s ’cause Dylan couldn’t carry a tune in a paper bag. But I still like his versions.

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  9. I thought the Johnny Cash cover of “Hurt” was more raw and much more genuine than the original.

    Rodrigo y Gabriela have covered most of Metallica’s hits and did them much better.

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  10. All I can think of are the remakes of silent pictures being better. Ben Hur in color and sound was better.

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  11. Devereaux:

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    All I can think of are the remakes of silent pictures being better. Ben Hur in color and sound was better.

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    Ben Hur was in colour and sound originally.

    There was a Ben Hur in 1925.

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  12. Bringing this back to music, I think Southside Johnny’s cover of “Havin’ a Party” is much better that Sam Cooke’s original:

    Here’s Sam’s version:

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