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 FullMoonWisdom
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Of course, when it comes to original artists and those who cover there songs...hands down...The majority of the time the original artist prevails. However, there are a few rare cases were this isn't so. Ever so often there is a cover that exceeds the original artists version.....Which in the case of Don and the Ataris....well Original is Best.

Here are three covers that definately exceeded the originals, and not just because I love their music, but because the original artist didn't quite make them to compare to the authenic sounds that these artists brought to them.....

1) Whiskey in the Jar~ Covered by Metallica.....This song is an old Irish Folk song that has been covered by many bands...including the Dubliners, Clancy Brothers, and even Thin Lizzy. Although, none have quite made it into such a vibrant and rich musically textured sound as Metallica...ohh sorry....METALLICA!!!!

2) Cats in Cradle~ Covered by Ugly Kid Joe......One of the few hit singles that this band had, Cat's in the Craddle was originally done by singer/songwriter Harry Chapin....And also performed by other artists such as Simon & Garfunkal and Johnny Cash.

3) Signs~ Covered by Tesla.....Originally done by The Five Man Electric Band released back in 1970. The version that most rocker's have come to know and love though happens to be the live version on the Tesla album "Five Man Acoustical Jam".
 DJMac
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Posted: 5/26/2006 10:35:30 AM
Money by the Beatles

someone needs a music lesson


Barrett Strong did the original version of Money thats the record that pretty much started Motown
 DJMac
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Posted: 5/27/2006 9:37:13 AM
Unchained Melody is actually a cover

and R&B singer named Roy Hamilton did the original around 1955 I believe
 Montreal_Guy
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Posted: 5/28/2006 3:16:45 PM
Well, one I will throw in is "All Along The Watchtower" - Jini Hendrix. Although I am a huge Dylan fan, his version pales in comparison to Jimi's.

As for the "Louie Louie" CD, it's already been released - five times.


Love That Louie: The Louie Louie Files

If you had to chose one CD to sample the essence that is LOUIE LOUIE, this 2002 collection from Ace Records would be the number one choice. Not only does this 24 track collection contain great versions versions of LOUIE LOUIE, but it also songs that influenced LOUIE LOUIE, and were inspired by LOUIE LOUIE. This power-packed collection features music by Richard Berry & The Pharaohs , René Touzet , Johnny Mercer with Paul Weston & his Orchestra , Chuck Berry, Rockin' Robin Roberts & The Wailers, Little Bill with the Adventurers and the Shalimars , The Kingsmen, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Don & The Goodtimes, The Sonics, The Beach Boys, Otis Redding , The Sandpipers , The Swamp Rats, Travis Wammack, The Kinks, Sounds Orchestral , Jack E.Lee & The Squires, H.B. & The Checkmates , Jack Ely & The Courtmen, and Toots & The Maytals This collection includes a comprehensive 20 page booklet with extensive liner notes, photographs, and much more. Am I biased towards this one? Yes, and your point is…?

The Best of Louie Louie (volume one)

This is the collection that started it all. Released in conjunction with the 1983 KFJC Maximum LOUIE marathon, this collection was part of the grand foundation that helped establish the amazing empire of Rhino Records. Some of this material was repeated on the 2002 Ace collection, but there’s some material that was never featured on any other CD. Where else could you find versions of LOUIE by Rice University Marching Owl Band, Richard Berry (1983 re-recording), Rockin' Robin Roberts, The Sonics, The Sandpiper, The Kingsmen, The Last, Black Flag, Eddie And The Subtitles, Les Dantz and his Orchestra, or The Impossibles?

Sadly, this collection is out of print, so look for it at your favorite used music outlet or try Amazon auction

The Best of Louie Louie (volume two)

After the success of Rhino Records’ first LOUIE compilation, a second collection was assembled. Like the first compilation, this one also features some tracks you’ll never hear anywhere else. On this album, you’ll find versions by Paul Revere & the Raiders, Mongo Santamaria, Red Square, Tyme Code, The Angels, The Shockwaves, Pete Fountain, The Kinks, Stanley Clarke & George Duke, and Ike & Tina Turner.

The First Louie Louie Spanish Compilation

Before this collection came out, I never heard of such bands as Luxury Liner, Treble Spankers, Navahodads, The Rosebuds, Roberto El Gato, The Flamin' Sideburns, The Meows, Kenny Harpers, Babilon Boys, Chihuahua and Friends, or Los Imposibles. What I love about this collection is how diverse it all sounds. This is a 5 star collection of truly excellent versions. It may a challenge to find this thing, but the search will be well worth it.

The Louie Louie Collection by the Best Of Northwest

This one goes to 11. 11 versions of LOUIE LOUIE, that is, all from the Pacific Northwest, the spiritual home of LOUIE. Jerden Records was one of the most important independent record labels of Northwest in the 1960s, and this collection assembles some of the finest LOUIE ever released in that region. The artists on this collection include The Mystery Band (aka the Kingsmen), Don & The Goodtimes, Little Bill & The Adventurers, The Feelies, Charlie & The Tunas, Jr. Cadillac, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Mellowdramatics, Ian Whitcomb, The Kingsmen, and University Of Washington Husky Marching Band.


Now, if I could just get my hands on the Ike and Ina Turner and Otis Reading versions of that song....The Barry White version sounds....interesting too.
 toonsmith
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Posted: 6/3/2006 5:25:19 PM
I prefer Aerosmith's version of "Train Kept a Rollin" than The Yardbirds version.

John Lennon said in an interview that he prefers Elton John's 1975 version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds over The Beatles 1967 release.

I agree.



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 DJMac
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Posted: 6/4/2006 1:05:54 PM
Toon did you know that "The Train Kept A Rolling" was originally done by Tiny Bradshaw in 1952 then covered by The Johnny Burnette trio in 1956
 toonsmith
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Posted: 6/4/2006 1:16:47 PM
I did not know that. I always thought it was The Yardbirds. Cool info. I bet those versions would be hard to get though.

Great tune.

Toon.
 DJMac
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Posted: 6/5/2006 9:27:03 AM
I have them both
 rockpalace
Joined: 7/24/2007
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Posted: 7/30/2007 7:41:17 PM
megadeth - these boots are made for walking
red hot chili peppers - higher ground
bangles - hazy shade of winter
fishbone - freddies dead
queensryche - scarbourgh fair
cheap trick - ain't that a shame
dream theater - any thing they cover

oh so many more
 Strange Days
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Posted: 7/31/2007 9:09:40 AM
What about the many Dylan covers? The Byrd's "Mr./ Tamborine Man", Hendrix's "All Along the watch Tower". There's too many to list.
On a lighter note, a few years ago David Bowie attacked a young fan who said: "Nice Nirvana cover" after he played "Man Who Sold the World". True story.
 Thatguy67
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Posted: 7/31/2007 6:03:24 PM
The Henley original is way better than the Ataris version.

I do like No Doubt's version of "Its My Life" moreso than the Talk Talk original.


 Thatguy67
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Posted: 8/2/2007 5:38:43 AM
Speaking of Little Wing, Derek & the Dominos version from 1970 is a good cover.

 Affliiction
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Posted: 8/7/2007 8:00:30 AM
My favorite cover song that I think is far better than the original is Metallica's "Turn The Page". Bob Segar had a good song, but they really gave some life to it
 Montreal_Guy
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Posted: 8/8/2007 11:03:43 AM

Richie Havens - Little Darlin - better than the Beatles (cant believe I said that outloud)


If you mean "Oh, Darling", that might be interesting.

He also does an AMAZING version of "In My Life " , on "Ritchie Havens Sings Dylan And The Beatles". I almost like that song more than Lennon's version, and that's rare for me to say. It's much more "wistful"....

One recent Lennon cover , U2's "Instant Karma" , doesn't even deserve a mention here. For a band of that quality to put that one out is just......... Compared to the original ?

Perhaps had they TOTALLY redone it, in another style, it might have at least been an acceptable attempt. A reggae/ska version, perhaps ?

I heard it on the radio, and said (to a friend) "What idiotic band killed THIS song ? " I didn't realize who was singing it, in my disgust.
 OU8one
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Posted: 8/11/2007 11:26:40 AM
.... I so agree re: Boys of Summer..... The Ataris took a great Henley classic solo effort and trashed it... I would call it a spoof... they ought to be sued for that.....every time i hear it on the radio I switch stations immediately.... I wish their version would go away for ever !!...... on another topic of re-recorded originals... I think Stevie Ray Vaughns version of "TAXMAN" is a home-run.... right outa the park I say !!!!..... great guitar work in the SRV style and overall very tasteful effort !!....
 OU8one
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Posted: 8/11/2007 11:34:53 AM
....How about Eric Johnson live at Austin City Limits recording of " Cliffs of Dover".... now that is a world class rippin' piece of guitar work !!!...if you haven't heard it try and find it ( mid 1980's guitar player magazine issued a recording with the mag).... it has to be that live performance though...its freakin amazing..... !!
 Longrock1WW
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Posted: 8/25/2007 11:16:17 PM
Joe****r made some great covers of Beatle songs.
 Longrock1WW
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Posted: 8/25/2007 11:22:50 PM
No one mentioned maybe the best cover band of alltime, Van Halen!
 AvidArteest
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Posted: 8/27/2007 7:57:18 PM
Sisters of Mercy did their version of Gimmee Shelter much better than the Rolling Stones, and I liked the original.
 flyguy51
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Posted: 8/27/2007 10:52:30 PM
No one mentioned maybe the best cover band of alltime, Van Halen!

Gotta agree with you there. Their version of "You Really Got Me" rocks over the original. The vocals are all there, and the instruments are all superior to the original.

I'm certainly not a fan of Garth Brooks, but I have to admit from an objective standpoint that he now owns Billy Joel's "Shameless."
 mcgillj
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Posted: 9/10/2007 3:01:39 PM
Whoever said the NIN song Hurt convered by Johnny Cash.. right on.. I just.. its not quite the same coming from Trent a young.. 30 ish? guy.. when you see, and you can just HEAR the slight tremor in Cash's voice gives the song ALOT more power.

I also enjoyed Guns N Roses cover of The Stone's Sympathy fot the Devil.. the instrumentals just feel quite more POWERFUL than the original.. and on that song, I think the vocals are just much stronger.. althogh EVERY single cover I've heard of Paint it Black PALES in comparison.
 vladtepes97
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Posted: 9/18/2007 8:58:37 PM

simple rule = never try to cover a beatles or zepplin or who song...... thats just not right!


earth wind and fire: got to get you into my life. awesome!
april wine: tell me why. excellent.
 Raveninns
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Posted: 9/20/2007 8:22:02 PM
Gotta Get you Into My Life by EW&F, as stated by a previous poster, excellent call...

Fugees, Killing Me Softly, oh they do this so well.

Lady Marmalade, by Pink, L'il Kim, Christine A and another girl (ooo can't remember her name...)

And of course, All Along the Watchtower by Hendrix on Ladyland and Peter Gunn on War Heroes, no more needs be said.

Cheers, Raven
 Ravenstar66
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Posted: 10/2/2007 7:22:24 PM
Covers are a particular passion or hatred of mine...depends

Don Henley for sure

These were excellent and frequently better than the originals
Metallica - Turn the Page , Bob Seger
Aretha Franklin's version of Respect by Otis Redding
Van Halen's rendition of Dancing in the streets and You Really Got Me
Garth Brooks - Shameless
Annie, Are You Okay by Alien Ant Farm
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Jeff Healey, love that version
David Bowie - China Girl by Iggy Pop
The Talking Heads-Take Me To The River, Al Green
The Beatles,Twist and Shout by The Isley Brothers
Eric Clapton, I shot the Sherrif - by Bob Marley
The Cowboy Junkies, Sweet Jane-Lou Reed
UB40's, Red Red Wine - Neil Diamond
The Black Crowes, Hard to Handle - by Otis Redding
Eric Clapton, Cocaine - by JJ Cale
Soft Cell, Tainted Love - Gloria Jones
Cream, Crossroads by Robert Johnson
Cheap Trick, Ain't That A Shame

I also really liked "Shout" by Disturbed, but they never should have tried Phil Collins...ick
 JackRW
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Posted: 5/1/2008 8:58:07 AM
Don Henley's version is 100 times better than the Ataris.

The Hooters (All You Zombies, And We Danced, Day By Day) did a really good cover of 'The Boys Of Summer' on their latest CD.

http://www.myspace.com/thehooters

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Some really good (maybe not so well known) covers:
Damnations Tx. - Copper Kettle (Bob Dylan)
The Flatirons - Crazy Train (Ozzy)

Great covers album/CD:
Dead Ringer Band - Hopeville
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