Cover versions that you prefer to the original

crackerjack

Well-known member
Heard it Through the Grapevine (though maybe not actually better than the original - which was by Martha Reeves I guess so you could in fact say Marvin Gaye's version surpasses the original)
Actually by Gladys Knight, though it's been pointed out yo me by one pedant before now that Marvin's version was recorded first but sat on the shelves til after the GK one was released. So you could say it's the original one.

What else? Aretha's Respect obviously, Roberta Flack's Compared to What, Patti Jo's Make Me Believe In You.

This is originally a Bee Gees song. I've never heard it, but there's no way it's as good as this.

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crackerjack

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rivet90210

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@ Idlerich. Yeah it's a funny case that. The way they get the guitar to sound in the cover... I am ignorant of pretty much everything else they have recorded -which I understand are mostly covers? I'll def check that stones one out, ta.
 

STN

sou'wester
Ken Boothe's version of Everything I Own is wicked, and the original (by Bread) is garbz.
 

zhao

there are no accidents
we also need a thread of songs that no one knows are covers. for instance: You're my Venus.

and isn't Walk like an Egyptian also a cover? and i once heard a pretty hard ragga version of it, been tryna find out what it is ever since.
 

matt b

Indexing all opinion
Snuff to thread:

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Bang Diddley

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The definitive version

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baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
we also need a thread of songs that no one knows are covers. for instance: You're my Venus.

and isn't Walk like an Egyptian also a cover? and i once heard a pretty hard ragga version of it, been tryna find out what it is ever since.
Hangin' on the Telephone- no-one ever seems to realise about that.

WLAE - not a cover, but offered to Toni Basil before the Bangles.
 

blacktulip

Pregnant with mandrakes
The Nerves had 4 or 5 good songs. Prefer their original to Blondie.

Couple:


Only Will Oldham thing I like except for the Palace thing with "Come a little dog. Woof woof."


Of course, I'm never going to say that I prefer Jenkins', but I will say "Je sooz le grand zombie".
 

blacktulip

Pregnant with mandrakes
I guess I can't really take the piss out of Johnny for mispronunciation... don't understand half of that song!
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
I often mention it but I think I prefer the Cher version (with Gilded Splinters I mean).
Heres one where, for what it's worth, I think I prefer the cover. Can't imagine that it will cause a huge controversy cos I doubt anyone will have strong opinions either way.


 
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