Great Cover/Remakes.

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NHatch
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Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah, Covered by Jeff Buckley

Fleetwood Mac - Landslide, Covered By The Smashing Pumpkins

Bob Dylan - Mr. Tambourine Man, Covered By The Byrds

JD Souther - Take it Easy, Covered By The Eagles

The Beatles - I am The walrus, Covered by Oasis   

 

supervioletrays
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I couldn't aree more with Hallelujah. Jeff Buckley made it one of the most beautiful songs of all time.

 

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NHatch
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Definitely, although my list isn't in order, or even containing anything more then just the songs I could think of off the top of my head. It's still the only song I can think of that would be deserving of the top slot on anyone's list, including lists of the greatest songs ever made.

In fact it's probably one of the only songs listed in this thread that can be called "Great".   

NHatch
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Don't know why I can't edit my post but that should be Jackson Browne, not JD Souther.

Vash the Stampede
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sometimes its hard to cover a real classic band with out taking from the original song but this child protege, Sungha Jung, does a nice rendition of U2s With or Without You.

animestrinity
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Joey Ramone - What a Wonderful World :)

I've got others, but I have to go to sleep before I die... G'night!

LadyCerridwen48
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Hmmmm, where to start.  I have a total love/hate relationship with covers.  I'll almost never just say "It's alright".  There are some covers that are just sooooo awful, I honestly believe the band performing the cover should be castrated, never allowed to record ANYTHING EVER AGAIN.  Whomever butchered "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who certainly falls into that group.  

Janis Joplin has 2 covers, (actually, many more, these are just off the top of my head).  "Me and Bobby McGee" was written and originally performed by Kris Kristofferson.   Once she recorded her take, his was virtually forgotten, for good reason.  "Summertime" was actually a Gershwin tune, from the 1935 opera "Porgy & Bess".  She made them hers.

"In Your Eyes" originally by Peter Gabriel, covered by Jeffery Gaines.  Exceptional.

"Piece of My Heart", originally by Janis Joplin, covered by Faith Hill, well, Faith Hill should be physically injured for what she did to that poor song.  OUCH!

Kid Rock, whom I usually enjoy, decided to butcher "Feel Like Making Love", I swear I almost got into a car accident the first time I heard it, I was laughing so hard at how balls out BAD it was.  Just, bad. 

Remember "Shine" by Collective Soul?  Ever hear Dolly Parton's version?  Didn't think so....

Neil Diamond's "Kentucky Woman"?  How about the Deep Purple version?  Surprisingly fun.

Who the heck is Shinedown, and why did they think it would be acceptable to cover Lynard Skynard's "Simple Man"?  Might be one of the worst covers I've ever heard.   No, not quite as painful as the aforementioned Kid Rock cover.  Not quite, anyway...

Axl Rose covering "King Herod's Song" from Jesus Christ Superstar.  It's a train wreck, it truly is, but it makes me giggle every time I hear it.   He's already got that nasal sound to his voice, and it makes the "C'mon, King of the Jews" line sound all the more antagonistic.

Tesla's "Five Man Acoustical Jam" is mostly covers.  Some are better than others, but they're all fun.  I personally enjoy their spin on CCR's "Lodi".

Oh, I'm forgetting Mr. Big's cover of Cat Steven's "Wild World".  I love his vocals, but there's just too much other stuff going on, it's kind of distracting.

I'm unclear if this counts as a remake or not.  See, Jim Steinman wrote "It's All Coming Back to Me Now", and he almost ALWAYS writes for Meatloaf.  Somehow, Celine Dion (I know, EIW!) managed to record it first.  Now ML and some new chick have done it as a duet.  Of course I like his better, but like I said, given the Steinman connection, it doesn't actually count as a "cover" in my head, it's more like the wrong artist got to it first.

Speaking of Meatloaf, who knew he once covered  a Barry Manilow tune?  "Read 'em and Weep".  Again, not good, but it makes me giggle.

OOOh, almost forgot "Two Rooms-Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin" is an album of covers.  If I remember correctly, Jersey Jon's take on "Levon" and Rod Stewart's "Your Song" got a lot of radio play.  The entire album is fabulous.  The Beach Boys singing "Crocodile Rock", Bruce Hornsby's "Madman Across the Water" and Sinead O'Connor's "Sacrifice".  Amazing.  

Ah, one more tribute type album, and I'm done for a bit.  Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles.  Lorrie Morgan's cover of "The Sad Cafe" is worth the album price in and of itself.  

I'm sure more will float through my muddled head, expect edits or more posts.

 

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And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden"

iamthedevil
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I like the Shinedown cover of Simple Man. The reason I guess they thought it was ok to cover it, is cause I think one of the band members is related to one of the Skynard guys (by marriage?)... so I'm sure it was approved of. That being said, Shinedown isn't my fav band by far but they do have some pretty good songs.

I tend to like some covers, not all. I'm a hard rock-metal type of guy first, but I like a lot of other stuff as well. So when a band I like goes and does something else that I like, I think its kind of neat...

Vash the Stampede
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Deftones did a nice cover of Simple Man too.

LadyCerridwen48
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I don't know what it was about it, it was painful to listen to.  I don't know enough other stuff by them to really have an opinion on their own stuff, but their cover of "Simple Man" made me want to shove pencils in my ears. 

 

"We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon

And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden"

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