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    with 3 versions of halleluljah in the charts ,the original ,a superior cover [ jeff buckley ] and a reality tv contestants version ,i thought why not have a thread on cover versions ,the best and worse . it might surprise some but roxy musics " lets stick together " is actually a cover version of a song that was originally done by wilbert harrison [ a blues singer ] . that must be one of the best cover versions of a song i think ,really made it his own did bryan .

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    "Blinded By The Light." Manfred Mann's Earthband did a better version than Springsteen did.



    Ditto for Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends."



    "You've Got a Friend." Not a lot between James Taylor and Carole King. I prefer JT's version though.

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    name='BristolUK']Ditto for Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends."


    I'd much rather listen to Joe Cocker singing it than Ringo. Joe Cocker's version is much more expressive. If you want dodgy versions, listen to those bu Bon Jovi, or Wet Wet Wet



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    Patti Smith's version of Because the Night is better than Springsteen's and Al Jarreau's version of Your Song is much better than Elton's original.

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    name='batman']Patti Smith's version of Because the Night is better than Springsteen's and Al Jarreau's version of Your Song is much better than Elton's original.




    Patti's version of Because the Night is one of my all time faves.

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    Ditto for Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends."




    I have to say Joe Cocker's version puts my teeth on edge - that cheesy guitar, those cliched backing singers, the whole thing - ugh!





    Best cover version:



    Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Graham Bonnet





    The Worst :



    Kylie Minogue - The Real Thing (Yes, it's worse than Locomotion )

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    I have eaten in Graham Bonnet's parent's restaurant .... he was serving the food. I saw him in concert a few years ago ... superb!

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    name='batman']I have eaten in Graham Bonnet's parent's restaurant .... he was serving the food. I saw him in concert a few years ago ... superb!


    What was the food like - and did you leave him a big tip?



    He's an underrated talent. I could easily have added his version of "It's all Over Now, Baby Blue" as well.



    I saw him last year, and he was terrific. I wish I'd caught him in concert at his prime. The trouble with these blokes with BIG voices, they often blow their vocal chords out - Ian Gillan, Brian Johnson, etc, etc.

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    The food was great, but sadly the restaurant is no more. I was a struggling young thesp at the time and only had just enough to pay the bill!

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    name='batman']I have eaten in Graham Bonnet's parent's restaurant .... he was serving the food. I saw him in concert a few years ago ... superb!


    I will always remember his (Marbles) rendition of "Only One Woman" written by the Brothers Gibb

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    There are a few Bob Dylan covers which I enjoy:-



    Chimes Of Freedom by Bruce Springsteen



    A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall by Edie Brickell, and by Bryan Ferry. Edie Brickells version was used in the film "Born On The Fourth Of July"



    With God On Our Side by the Neville Brothers and produced by Daniel Lanois



    The whole Famous Blue Raincoat album by Jennifer Warnes. I can't think of a duff version of any of Len's songs on that one




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    Brainbox's version of Summertime is brilliant, very bluesy and almost ethereal.

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    marvin gayes version of " i heard it through the grapevine " originally by gladys knight and the pips

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    now that jeff buckley is in the charts ,i wonder if theyll rerelease the other song hes famous for " hi ho silver lining " ?

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    name='BristolUK']"Blinded By The Light." Manfred Mann's Earthband did a better version than Springsteen did.



    Ditto for Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends."



    "You've Got a Friend." Not a lot between James Taylor and Carole King. I prefer JT's version though.


    that "blinded by the light " is a superior cover . they really gave that song an overhaul compared to the bruce springsteen original which is a bit silly sounding IMO

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    name='davidb']now that jeff buckley is in the charts ,i wonder if theyll rerelease the other song hes famous for " hi ho silver lining " ?


    A joke, right ?



    Julie Driscoll / Brian Auger : Wheels On Fire (Dylan), Road To Cairo (David Ackles)....and The Rolling Stones : I Wanna Be Your Man (Beatles)

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    name='TomDaws']A joke, right ?



    Julie Driscoll / Brian Auger : Wheels On Fire (Dylan), Road To Cairo (David Ackles)....and The Rolling Stones : I Wanna Be Your Man (Beatles)


    hi ho silver lining is a great song ! i hope they do rerelease it now that jeff buckley is in the charts again and thats not a joke . dont you like the song tom ?

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    pretty much any dylan song in the hands of someone who can sing ,ie roger mcguinn of the byrds is a superior cover in my opinion . i know a lot wont agree but hes a better songwriter than he is a singer is bob and i prefer the covers of his songs

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    the who doing elton johns " saturday nights alright for fighting " is terrific ! with the song being sung by roger daltrey , who is quite a hard nut , you can really believe he means the lyrics . more so than when elton sings it ....IMO

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    davidb , I'm not so sure Marvin's "Grapevine" counts as a cover ? They had something of a production line going at Hitsville and it appears to me that everyone pretty much recorded everything for their lps. Many Motown hit songs appear on many different artists LP's. If I remember correctly, Marvin's version was released as a b-side and the British dj's flipped it. Not trying to be nit picky as Marvin's version is much better than G & The P's.

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