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Least disturbing cover version ever...

PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:07 am
by Gordon Neill
Here's the original gritty version of 'Bom Bom Bom'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cZYRK-q3hw

And here's the commercial cover version (with, admittedly, some sort of Balkan brass thing going on):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsy7kJyizoc

Oh. Might have got me buttons upside down...

Is there an interesting subgenre of covers better than the originals? Any more for any more?

PS Entries marked 'Aretha Franklin' doesn't count... Just because.

Re: Least disturbing cover version ever...

PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:27 am
by john poole
Two obvious choices -

'Everything I Own' - Bread / Ken Boothe

'Twist and Shout' - The Top Notes / Isley Brothers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDGmogV1Qw8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTaqn8_gMR0

Re: Least disturbing cover version ever...

PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:23 am
by Jamie Renton
Well there's Johnnie Allan of course: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHRg2nUtwQ4

Toots and Maytals "country Roads (Take Me Home)": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M1JJ8fAXHo

I prefer ZZ Hill's version of "Nothing Can Change this Love I Have for You" to the Sam Cooke original. And I say that as a die-hard Sam Cooke fan (or "Cookie" as I believe we're known in certain circles) of many decades standing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T34_n1t7tq4

Re: Least disturbing cover version ever...

PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:09 am
by Adam Blake
Jamie Renton wrote:Well there's Johnnie Allan of course: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHRg2nUtwQ4


The popular myth that Johnnie Allan's version of Chuck Berry's "The Promised Land" is better than Chuck Berry's own version of "The Promised Land" is actually apocryphal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-46hyvEV5k

Re: Least disturbing cover version ever...

PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 1:28 pm
by AndyM
This

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUcHdelIc8M

is much better than The Stylistics original (which I also rather like).

The trombone action is particularly spiffy.

Re: Least disturbing cover version ever...

PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:47 pm
by john poole
AndyM wrote:much better than The Stylistics original
Trivial note - this was the original -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTokIbPQyB0

Re: Least disturbing cover version ever...

PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 2:54 pm
by AndyM
john poole wrote:
AndyM wrote:much better than The Stylistics original
Trivial note - this was the original -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTokIbPQyB0


Not trivial at all (after all, SOTW is where we can flaunt our 'trivia' and not be judged!). Didn't know about the earlier incarnation, and it's weird to hear it under another title, even though that title makes perfect sense.