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It is sometimes forgotten that the Beatles were masters at covering other peoples tunes, and making them their own. Often, they tackled material that already had been given successful treatment by other artists. The Isley Brothers, for example, hit first with Twist and Shout, and theirs remains a wonderful version, but after the Beatles recorded it, many people forgot where they initially heard it.

The Beatles were also a great live act. If you could hear over the screams, they delivered the goods. This is live in Melbourne.



Here is their cover of the Buddy Holly masterpiece Words of Love. Once again, they take on a song that was already very famous. The arrangement is a near duplicate of Holly's, which is perhaps disappointing, but the harmony singing by John and Paul is quite good.



The heirs of composer/singer Arthur Alexander are still getting checks for the Beatles cover of his song Anna (Go to Him). John's lead vocal and the harmonies in the middle section are a delight.



Of course, many artists have also scored big covering the Beatles. Considering how well-known the Beatles originals are, it's not easy to do. Probably, Joe Cocker still has the best Beatles cover. His version of With a Little Help from My Friends is undeniably better than the original. Cocker's performance at Woodstock is legendary.



Prince takes on the difficult guitar chores in this amazing cover of George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps. An un-credited Eric Clapton plays lead on the original.

 
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The Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes doing "Yellow Submarine" on a yukelelee (sp?) is kinda cool.

And Seal did a record of Soul songs that have that "Seal" sound.

But I think my all time favorite cover was Jumping Jack Flash on the Frampton Comes Alive album... oh and Paul Hardcastle doing the Pink Floyd song "Money" or Americas "Ventura Highway".
 

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John Prine already had a masterpiece in the can with his original version of Angel from Montgomery. The mournful lyric is Prine at his best:

"If dreams were thunder,

If lightning was desire,

This old house would have burned down a long time ago."

"I ain't done nuthin' since I got up today," declares Prine, in a song that is just about as sad as they come. "Just give me one thing that I can hold onto. To believe in this living, is a hard way to go."

Angel from Montgomery appeared on Prine's very first album, back in 1971.

Many artists have produced cover versions, but the best—by far—is the one by Bonnie Raitt. It has become one of her signature songs. According to Wikipedia, Raitt told an interviewer in 2000, "I think 'Angel from Montgomery' probably has meant more to my fans and my body of work than any other song, and it will historically be considered one of the most important ones I've ever recorded."

Here is the live recording from the Road Tested tour, with backing from Bruce Hornsby, Jackson Browne, Bryan Adams, Kim Wilson, and others.

Enjoy.

 
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Different places and times, huh?

Well done, Aerosmith. Figured I should throw the third in, and as mentioned in youtube comments, from Michelangelo Antonioni's film "Blow Up".

Love the sign on the door on the way in to the music hall:

Here Lies
Bob Dylan

Passed Away
Royal Albert
Hall 27 May
1966
R.I.P.


The date, of course, is that of the famous gig where Dylan brought his first electric band to England. Got booed by folkies.
 

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Love the sign on the door on the way in to the music hall:




The date, of course, is that of the famous gig where Dylan brought his first electric band to England. Got booed by folkies.


Thanks for the background, I'm j-u-st a couple years too young for that. :O) Blow up is a great film btw, probably Antonioni's most accessible to english speakers. Most fashion photographer scenes (opening/closing credits etc) in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" are homage to Blow Up.

And to keep this post on topic:

Hoffs from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Dusty Springfield from Casino Royale. Burt Bacharach, of course. Hoffs did good.

(Edit: My bad)



 
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Here are a few for ya. Shonen Knife has a whole album of Ramones Covers (Osaka Ramones), but here's one from the Carpenters you all may remember. Great rendition of Top of the World.



Skid Row covering Rush. I was never a big Rush fan but this one made me revisit some old Rush material.



The highly underrated, underappreciated indie genius Juliana Hatfield covering the Rolling Stones It's Only Rock and Roll.

 
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