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"Got To Get You Into My Life"--Earth Wind & Fire, originally by The Beatles

:yucky:
Beatles are my favorite band but coolnames is correct on this one.

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The girl on American Idol sang House of the Rising Sun a couple seasons ago. It was better.

Couldnt find a video of the performance, but heres the audio with pics:

A cool version, but Im not thinking its better than the original.

Wow! Good call on this one. I still love the Dylan version the best but this was powerful. Girl's got some pipes.
Overplayed but The Animals had the best version imo.
Nope, Frijid Pink's heavy cover is better.
Wow, forgot all about that one. :thumbup:
It took me a while to find it but there's a somewhat longer version on the Frijid Pink album than the single version (which I always wished went on for another minute or so after the final chorus).
wiki factoid: The band was so popular in their native Detroit area that a fledgling Led Zeppelin opened for them at Detroit's Grande Ballroom.

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It may have been said earlier, but Pretty Woman by VH is the best cover of all time

Hard to be the best cover ever when it's not even the best cover Van Halen's done.

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It may have been said earlier, but Pretty Woman by VH is the best cover of all time

Hard to be the best cover ever when it's not even the best cover Van Halen's done.
Correct.

Edited by Disc Shark

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It may have been said earlier, but Pretty Woman by VH is the best cover of all time

Hard to be the best cover ever when it's not even the best cover Van Halen's done.
Correct.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Cant beat this "You really got me" cover....

What can I say? Im an 80's generation guy. LOL

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A whole ton of Pearl Jam ones:Sonic Reducer

I don't care if this post is months old, but it is too horrific to fail to mention. Rocket from the Tombs kicked more ### in the first wave of their brief, under-documented existence than two decades worth of Vedder's affected, sheep-like bleating. Almost no band on earth has come up with anything as singularly awesome as "Sonic Reducer" and it sure as scrotum hasn't been improved upon by Pearl Jam. Your opinion on this matter is incorrect. You are a poor judge of aesthetic execution and artistic intention and you are therefore, by extension, a bad person. Shame on you. Be better.
I chuckled.

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A whole ton of Pearl Jam ones:Sonic Reducer

I don't care if this post is months old, but it is too horrific to fail to mention. Rocket from the Tombs kicked more ### in the first wave of their brief, under-documented existence than two decades worth of Vedder's affected, sheep-like bleating. Almost no band on earth has come up with anything as singularly awesome as "Sonic Reducer" and it sure as scrotum hasn't been improved upon by Pearl Jam. Your opinion on this matter is incorrect. You are a poor judge of aesthetic execution and artistic intention and you are therefore, by extension, a bad person. Shame on you. Be better.
I chuckled.
Me too. Also had the added benefit of being true.

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Jeff Healy - Angel Eyes (John Hiatt)

Bonnie Raitt - Something to talk about (John Hiatt)

Elton John - Pinball Wizard (The Who)

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Jeff Buckley does the best version of "Hallelujah" just ahead of Lenord Cohen.

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Jeff Buckley does the best version of "Hallelujah" just ahead of Lenord Cohen.

.... Sandler down?
Brandi Carlile down? My link
That's awful. Everybody except for Rufus and Cohen need to give that song a rest.

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Jeff Buckley does the best version of "Hallelujah" just ahead of Lenord Cohen.

.... Sandler down?
Brandi Carlile down? My link
That's awful. Everybody except for Rufus and Cohen need to give that song a rest.
It's not awful, just different with a female voice. Her voice is amazing BTW.

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Jeff Buckley does the best version of "Hallelujah" just ahead of Lenord Cohen.

.... Sandler down?
Brandi Carlile down? My link
That's awful. Everybody except for Rufus and Cohen need to give that song a rest.
Jeffrey Gutt did it justice during X-factor auditions:

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Boyce Avenue songs better than the originals:

Call Me Maybe

I Want It That Way

Perfect

She Will Be Loved

Their version of Set Fire to the Rain is not better, but very different and, IMO, well done.

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The Siouxsie and the Banshees version of Dear Prudence is totally different from the Beatles' but I enjoy them equally.

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Happy birthday, Bo Diddley!

He's on the Mount Rushmore of Root Rock Guitarists, but George Thorogood did Ride on Josephine better than Bo.

Ride on Josephine - Bo Diddley

I'd probably let Josephine be the judge of that

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Edited by FlapJacks

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Jeff Buckley does the best version of "Hallelujah" just ahead of Lenord Cohen.

.... Sandler down?
Brandi Carlile down? My link
That's awful. Everybody except for Rufus and Cohen need to give that song a rest.
Rufus sets the standard, though to be honest my brain-radio cannot tune in Cohen's original. Personally my favorite version is when Rufus is joined by sister Martha, but I've only seen them do it as a fun, sort of whimsical cover. I'd love to hear what she could do with this song solo in the studio.

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It may have been said earlier, but Pretty Woman by VH is the best cover of all time

Hard to be the best cover ever when it's not even the best cover Van Halen's done.
:goodposting:

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“You Really Got Me” “Ice Cream Man,” “You’re No Good.” “Pretty Woman” “Where Have All The Good Times Gone;” “Dancing In The Street” “Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)” “Happy Trails,” Little Feat’s “A Apolitcal Blues” on OU812. Did I miss any VH cover songs?

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Not a huge fan of this kind of music usually, but kerris dorsey's version of the show from moneyball was pretty awesome. There are a couple youtubes of it, but I love this scene:Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkKCNXbtmcY

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Another piece of my Heart:

>>>>>
Edited by MikeIke

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It may have been said earlier, but Pretty Woman by VH is the best cover of all time

Hard to be the best cover ever when it's not even the best cover Van Halen's done.
:goodposting:
I like "Dancing in the Street". Dumb song but VH makes it good.

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Another piece of my Heart:

>>>>>
I disagree. On this front, I always thought Give to Live's hook was bit wholesale from Piece of My Heart.

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Random YouTube cover of an old Status Quo song.... Caroline

song starts at 1:00,...

The piano captures the melody better than the distorted guitar approach of the original

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“You Really Got Me”

“Ice Cream Man,”

“You’re No Good.”

“Pretty Woman”

“Where Have All The Good Times Gone;”

“Dancing In The Street”

“Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)”

“Happy Trails,”

Little Feat’s “A Apolitcal Blues” on OU812.

Did I miss any VH cover songs?

In terms of studio recordings, there's also Won't Get Fooled Again.

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I can't find a decent version of it online outside of pandora, but Jason Spooner's cover of the Talking Heads 'Slippery People' is amazing.

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“You Really Got Me”

“Ice Cream Man,”

“You’re No Good.”

“Pretty Woman”

“Where Have All The Good Times Gone;”

“Dancing In The Street”

“Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)”

“Happy Trails,”

Little Feat’s “A Apolitcal Blues” on OU812.

Did I miss any VH cover songs?

In terms of studio recordings, there's also Won't Get Fooled Again.

I have mixed feelings on this. I agree that it's probably VH's best cover, but I disagree with this as better than the original. Townshend, Daltry and Moon KILLED their version.

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Come Together - Aerosmith

Love The Beatles, but I think the Aerosmith version is an improvement.

All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Dylan's cool. Hendrix is cooler.

Take Me To The River Lyrics - Talking Heads

Can't say a bad word about Al Green. Just like the cover more.

The Green Manilishi With the Two-Pronged Crown - Judas Priest

Yeah, the Fleetwood Mac version is terrible.

Diamonds and Rust - Judas Priest

No knock on Joan Baez, but c'mon. It's Priest!

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May have been said already...

I have a hard time saying it's better, but perhaps on par:

of "She's Not There" versus the Zombies original.

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Come Together - Aerosmith

Love The Beatles, but I think the Aerosmith version is an improvement.

Both horrible.

Take Me To The River Lyrics - Talking Heads

Can't say a bad word about Al Green. Just like the cover more.

Didn't even know this was a cover. :bag:

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cover of Talk Talk's "It's My Life"
Strongly disagree here. No Doubt's cover is awful - the original is great IMO.

Damn - I love both versions. My 2nd favorite No Doubt tune.

The No Doubt version is OK but lacks the emotional energy of the original.

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All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Dylan's cool. Hendrix is cooler.

Take Me To The River Lyrics - Talking Heads

Can't say a bad word about Al Green. Just like the cover more.

:goodposting:

U2 and Dave Matthews also have better versions of All Along the Watchtower, although they are live versions only.

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All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Dylan's cool. Hendrix is cooler.

Take Me To The River Lyrics - Talking Heads

Can't say a bad word about Al Green. Just like the cover more.

:goodposting:

U2 and Dave Matthews also have better versions of All Along the Watchtower, although they are live versions only.

I'll toss the Fratelli's version in the mix. I think I like it because it shows their versatility.

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All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Dylan's cool. Hendrix is cooler.

Take Me To The River Lyrics - Talking Heads

Can't say a bad word about Al Green. Just like the cover more.

:goodposting:

U2 and Dave Matthews also have better versions of All Along the Watchtower, although they are live versions only.

I'll toss the Fratelli's version in the mix. I think I like it because it shows their versatility.

indigo girls

yeah, i went there

the guitars are really cool

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All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Dylan's cool. Hendrix is cooler.

Edited by Andy Dufresne

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All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Dylan's cool. Hendrix is cooler.

Take Me To The River Lyrics - Talking Heads

Can't say a bad word about Al Green. Just like the cover more.

:goodposting:

U2 and Dave Matthews also have better versions of All Along the Watchtower, although they are live versions only.

Dave Mason has a pretty decent cover of "All Along the Watchtower" as well. I still like Dylan's version the best though.

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Cortez the Killer - Dave Matthews with Warren Haynes

Little Wing - Stevie RAY VAUGHN

I don't know about those, but two covers that are on par, and as sacrilege as it sounds, maybe better than the originals:

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