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Remakes of Popular Songs - Which One Is Better - The Original Or The Remake...?
4/06/11 | MplsSteve

Posted on 04/06/2011 8:48:39 PM PDT by MplsSteve

You know, I started thinking about popular music and how artists do remakes of popular songs.

Here are two songs - one from the original artist and the other who re-did it. Which version was better?

"I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" The Byrds (1965)- from the album "Mr Tambourine Man"

"I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" Tom Petty (1989) - from the album "Full Moon Fever"

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"The First Cut Is The Deepest" Rod Stewart (1976) - from the album "A Night On The Town"

"The First Cut Is The Deepest" Sheryl Crow (2003) - from the album "The Very best Of Sheryl Crow"

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Yes, I know that other artists have done versions of these songs too. If you think another artist has done a better version, let's hear about it.


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To: sleddogs

The Guess Who, hands down.


101 posted on 04/06/2011 9:57:12 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Errant

Nah, Sid Vicious’ “My Way” was the best, it was the perfect song for the credits of “Goodfellas”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIXg9KUiy00


102 posted on 04/06/2011 9:57:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Errant

Nah, Sid Vicious’ “My Way” was the best, it was the perfect song for the credits of “Goodfellas”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIXg9KUiy00


103 posted on 04/06/2011 9:57:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sleddogs

I personally like the Guess Who version, but Lenny didn’t stink it up - he just wasn’t as good.


104 posted on 04/06/2011 9:58:24 PM PDT by ExTxMarine ("Convictions are more dangerous to truth than lies." ~ F. Nietzsche)
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To: buccaneer81

The stereo separation on Garfunkel’s is especially nice.


105 posted on 04/06/2011 9:58:48 PM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: Richard Kimball
This isn't anyone famous, but he does a heck of a cover of Marty Robbins/Clint Eastwood's Honky Tonk Man

Honky Tonk Man

106 posted on 04/06/2011 9:59:37 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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To: Revolting cat!

The best!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9PoUsRibtE


107 posted on 04/06/2011 9:59:53 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: upsdriver

Garfunkel’s had that mid 70s feel to it (I was 12 when it was released.)


108 posted on 04/06/2011 9:59:55 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: MplsSteve

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGkOzikMg10


109 posted on 04/06/2011 10:00:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: buccaneer81
I think Benson did a superior job ["This Masqeurade"]. Just me.

You're not alone since Benson netted the Grammy for his cover. I'm pushing 70 so my tastes tend toward the more conventional and I found Benson's styling too jazzy. OTOH, I'm aware that the Carpenters are often derided as elevator music. Yet the sweet purity of Karen Carpenter's voice appeals to me.

Here's a few others that may go against the grain of younger FReepers:

Love Portion #9 - I like the remake by The Searchers better than the original by the Clovers. I think the rather spartan guitar licks are what draws me to the remake.

I Almost Lost My Mind - Pat Boone's version is easier on my ears than Ivory Joe Hunter, who wrote and performed it. Note the absence of the /sarc tag. I just like his smooth delivery in his treatment of this, especially Pat's "Boo Hoo" at the very end. Pat Boone made the song accessible to people of my generation. It's a shame that he's not treated as a serious musician by so many. He contributed a great deal to our culture.

110 posted on 04/06/2011 10:00:37 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: MplsSteve

I prefer the original “Gloria” by Umberto Tozzi, the original “Crazy” by Seal and the original “Baby I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton. I like the cover of “Iko Iko” from the movie “Rain Man.” I like both versions of “Do it Again” by Steely Dan and Paul Hardcastle. I like Tom Tom Club’s version of “Under the Boardwalk.”


111 posted on 04/06/2011 10:04:38 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: buccaneer81

I thought so too, till my son played them side by side. I now think Lenny Kravitz’s version is the best.


112 posted on 04/06/2011 10:04:52 PM PDT by sleddogs
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To: re_nortex

The Carpenters were very talented. My Mom (who passed two years ago at 84) had all their albums. I can listen to them today with fond memories.


113 posted on 04/06/2011 10:05:01 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: re_nortex

Love Portion #9 - I like the remake by The Searchers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rXhXLsNJL8


114 posted on 04/06/2011 10:05:36 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: sleddogs

Having seen the Guess Who live a few times probably skews my preference.


115 posted on 04/06/2011 10:07:21 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: MplsSteve

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vankaSlfSr0


116 posted on 04/06/2011 10:07:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: upsdriver
Got My Mind Set On You......... George Harrison

I never knew that Harrison's version was a remake until this posting confirming once again that FR has the proverbial smartest people in the room regardless of the subject. Politics, guns, finance and music.

I got to like Harrison's version since it was everywhere on the radio in the 80's and it's very catchy. Or as Mr. White of Play-Tone would say:

SNAPPY!


117 posted on 04/06/2011 10:07:54 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: MplsSteve
Alone Again Or - Love

Alone Again Or - The Damned

One of my all-time favorite guitar openings.

118 posted on 04/06/2011 10:08:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: re_nortex
Love Portion #9 - I like the remake by The Searchers better than the original by the Clovers.

I agree!
119 posted on 04/06/2011 10:08:09 PM PDT by ExTxMarine ("Convictions are more dangerous to truth than lies." ~ F. Nietzsche)
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To: re_nortex

Were you a “Rocker” in the 50s?

Johnny Burnett and the Rock’n’Roll Trio The Train Kept a Rollin’

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

vs The Yardbirds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd1gRHk28IE&feature=related


120 posted on 04/06/2011 10:10:28 PM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: Erasmus

Yes Kottke is excellent but has a voice like goose farts on a foggy morning.

Keith richards does as well.

They still rock


121 posted on 04/06/2011 10:10:31 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: buccaneer81

Here’s another

Summertime Blues - The Who, Eddie Cocheran, or Blue Cheer


122 posted on 04/06/2011 10:11:58 PM PDT by sleddogs
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To: MplsSteve

“Major Tom” - both versions by Peter Schilling and Shiny Toy Guns

“Bizarre Love Triangle” - Both versions by Frente and New Order


123 posted on 04/06/2011 10:12:07 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: buccaneer81
Aw man, why'd you have to bring up the Carpenters? I loved Karen Carpenter.

A Song For You The Carpenters

A Song For You Leon Russell

124 posted on 04/06/2011 10:12:34 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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To: Revolting cat!

Wow...Thank You...Thanka verry much...(Elvis voice)


125 posted on 04/06/2011 10:12:39 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: MplsSteve

I like Janis Joplin’s “Me And Bobby McGee” better than Roger Miller’s version - heck better than all the other versions.


126 posted on 04/06/2011 10:13:36 PM PDT by ExTxMarine ("Convictions are more dangerous to truth than lies." ~ F. Nietzsche)
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To: MplsSteve
Listen to the original(s) and tell me that this is not the best remake of all remakes ever:

Down the road apiece

127 posted on 04/06/2011 10:14:24 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: re_nortex

LOL, yep SNAPPY

The only way I learned about the original is from an interview that Harrison gave when his album came out. Of course, as an avid record collector and music buff, I had to look up the original.


128 posted on 04/06/2011 10:14:47 PM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: Richard Kimball

Karen Carpenter was one of those rare artists that could take others songs and make them her own.


129 posted on 04/06/2011 10:16:52 PM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: MplsSteve
The Drifters-Under The Boardwalk

Rolling Stones - Under The Boardwalk

Bette Midler - Under the Boardwalk

Beach Boys - Under The Boardwalk

130 posted on 04/06/2011 10:18:05 PM PDT by Errant
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To: MplsSteve

I absolutely LOVE Otis Reddings version of “Try A Little Tenderness” over the orginal version from the 1930s or 1940’s.

But, I like Aretha Franklin’s version of “Respect” more than Otis’ version.


131 posted on 04/06/2011 10:18:14 PM PDT by ExTxMarine ("Convictions are more dangerous to truth than lies." ~ F. Nietzsche)
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To: MplsSteve

Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” over Bob Dylan’s
Van Halen’s “You Really Got Me” over The Kinks’ (although The Kinks’ is still really good.)

I’m sure there are more, but these two come to mind.


132 posted on 04/06/2011 10:20:48 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: MplsSteve
I like Roy Orbison's remake of his own song "Crying" in the 80s vs his earlier one in the 60s, although they are both good.
133 posted on 04/06/2011 10:21:54 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Vince Ferrer

I agree!


134 posted on 04/06/2011 10:23:23 PM PDT by ExTxMarine ("Convictions are more dangerous to truth than lies." ~ F. Nietzsche)
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To: upsdriver
Were you a “Rocker” in the 50s?

I was pretty much a square back in my youth, preferring musicians like Mitch Miller, Jo Stafford, Les Paul and Mary Ford as well as Pat Boone as mentioned a few posts back. By the 60's, I acquired a taste for country since I went to college in the South. I never really cared much for rock or R&B other than songs that got pounded into my brain due to frequent airplay on the radio at various places that I worked with peers who did like those forms of music.

Here's the unusual part. My two favorite genres are traditional old-timey Southern Gospel (Happy Goodmans, Florida Boys, Blackwoods and such) AND...get this: mob music! Tony Bennett, Jerry Vale, Al Martino, Louis Prima. No accounting for taste, eh? :-)

135 posted on 04/06/2011 10:23:31 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: MplsSteve

Gene Pitney - Liiberty Valance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDN4L7cAQf0

The Royal Guardsmen - Liberty Valence
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahNJ-KUNhV4


136 posted on 04/06/2011 10:26:48 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Figures don't lie, liars figure!)
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To: MplsSteve

I like Jørgen Ingmann’s version of “Apache” more than the Incredible Bongo Band or the rap remake by the Sugarhill Gang!


137 posted on 04/06/2011 10:27:01 PM PDT by ExTxMarine ("Convictions are more dangerous to truth than lies." ~ F. Nietzsche)
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To: upsdriver
In the movie Tommy Boy, when Chris Farley and David Spade are driving down the road and neither one of them admits they want to listen to her singing "Superstar," and in the next scene they're both singing along and crying, that's how a lot of people feel about her. She was so syrupy I never wanted to admit I liked her, but she projected this incredible vulnerability that would suck you in and open you up.

I wish I could explain it better, but when you listen to Karen Carpenter sing, she makes you as vulnerable as she was.

138 posted on 04/06/2011 10:29:03 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I lived in Gene Pitney’s hometown for two awful years. I know exactly why he sang “Town Without Pity.”


139 posted on 04/06/2011 10:29:37 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: JoeProBono; Revolting cat!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEfClyDO06M


140 posted on 04/06/2011 10:29:55 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: InvisibleChurch
How about “The First Cut Is The Deepest” by the original artist, Cat Stevens?

I first heard that a couple of years ago on a "British Invasion" CD set. I like Cat's version. Too bad he went off the Islamic deep end.

141 posted on 04/06/2011 10:30:54 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Richard Kimball
I wish I could explain it better, but when you listen to Karen Carpenter sing, she makes you as vulnerable as she was.

That is perhaps one of the finest and most succinct explanations I can imagine for the appeal of Karen Carpenter's voice. Bravo!

Step aside Ben Fong-Torres for Richard Kimball. :-)

142 posted on 04/06/2011 10:34:58 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Tainan


143 posted on 04/06/2011 10:35:41 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: MplsSteve
Three Dog Night Never Been To Spain

Elvis Presley Never Been to Spain

Both versions are great.

144 posted on 04/06/2011 10:39:16 PM PDT by Errant
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To: buccaneer81

I had to look it up. I’ll scratch it off my list of places to go. LOL


145 posted on 04/06/2011 10:39:46 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Figures don't lie, liars figure!)
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To: Richard Kimball
I hear ya about Karen Carpenter, my wife really likes her music...really likes it.

I grew up on Motown/Soul/Rock n'Roll and George Jones...but...(I've always liked Anne Murray)
146 posted on 04/06/2011 10:41:24 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Vernon-Rockville, CT.


147 posted on 04/06/2011 10:42:40 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Revolting cat!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLoQS0GnhWk


148 posted on 04/06/2011 10:46:40 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Errant
CCR - Proud Mary

Ike & Tina Turner - Proud Mary

ELVIS Proud Mary

149 posted on 04/06/2011 10:49:21 PM PDT by Errant
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To: MplsSteve
Brian Setzer did a better "Sleepwalk" than Santo and Johnny's original.
150 posted on 04/06/2011 11:04:35 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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