Here is a thread for cover versions of well-known and not so well-known hits. Please also mention the original tune if you know who is it by.
The songs can be a straight cover without much change, a cover in another genre of music or even in an altogether another language. It may be a country-specific version we generally never hear about.
PS: It can be good or bad, a version you adore or a version you hate. What you hate though may be a gem to another person.. and yes we will have the disparaging comments that nobody can do better than the original or that a new artist has ruined a classic... oh yeh!
Beatles classics done as arias by Cathy Berberian (American-Armenian singer)
"I Want to Hold Your Hand"
"Ticket to Ride"
They are from her album "Revolution" in 1969 re-released as "Beatles Arias" in 2005 with bonus tracks as well. The songs she covered:
-"Can't Buy Me Love"
-"I Want to Hold Your Hand"
-"A Hard Day's Night"
-"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
-"Here, There and Everywhere"
-"Ticket to Ride"
Last edited by worldbasketball; 12-30-2010 at 02:00 AM.
Here's a cross-cultural example of completely transforming a song's mood:
Original: Faye Wong - "I Will"/Mandarin Chinese, sad
Cover: Lene Marlin - "Still Here"/English, happy
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Wheatus version of Erasure's "A Little Respect"
Live version of "A Little Respect" by David Fonseca (Portugal) (starts with yet another cover of Phil Oakley's Together In Electric Dreams then goes to A Little Respect starting at 3:30)
This one is cross genre cover of songs, from dnb to jazz
Here's a great song "Inner City Life" by Goldie
here's an equally great cover version by [re:jazz]
Last edited by b3lowzro; 06-28-2010 at 04:47 AM.
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Roch Voisine (Canadian singer) singing "Let It Be Me / Je t'appartiens"
The original "Je t'appartiens" is by French singer Gilbert Becaud - adapted to become a famous country song....
I suggest you give a listen to Roch Voisine's Americana and Americana 2 albums with a big number of American classics. THose marked * are with bilingual English / French lyrics
City of New Orleans
Ring of Fire
Let It Be Me
Lay Lady Lay
You Never Can Tell
And I Love You So
Always on My Mind
Ode to Billy Joe
I Will Always Love You
City of New Orleans / Salut Les Amoureux[*]
Let It Be Me / Je T'Appartiens[*]
Ode to Billy Joe / La Marie-Jeanne[*]
"Americana II" album
That’s How I Got To Memphis
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Take It Easy
If I Were a Carpenter
Take Me Home Country Roads
Song Sung Blue
Heart of Gold
That’s How I Got To Mewmphis / Sur la route de Memphis[*]
If I Were a Carpenter / Si j’étais un charpentier[*]
Song Sung Blue / Chanson bleue[*]
Sundown / L’amour c’est comme l’été[*]
Another cover of Roch Voisine I love is:
"Comme j'ai toujours envie d'aimer"
I also know a version by Hervé Villard that was so good, but I can't find the video for it.
Mitsou (a Canadian singer) has a very sexy version of the same song:
The original of the song is by Marc Hamilton
Last edited by worldbasketball; 06-28-2010 at 07:42 AM.