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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by thoreau » 29 Jul 2013, 20:19

D.A. Ridgely wrote:Most of us probably consider the Animals' version the "original," but "The House of the Rising Sun" is a folk song of undetermined origin, so either they're all covers or none of them are.
I'm aware of that history. IMHO, all versions are covers. And many of them are quite good.
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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 29 Jul 2013, 20:41

thoreau wrote:
D.A. Ridgely wrote:Most of us probably consider the Animals' version the "original," but "The House of the Rising Sun" is a folk song of undetermined origin, so either they're all covers or none of them are.
I'm aware of that history. IMHO, all versions are covers. And many of them are quite good.
Perfectly reasonable position.

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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by Highway » 29 Jul 2013, 21:03

Stevo Darkly wrote:
I think it's interesting you link that, because Bowling For Soup's main hit, 1985, was written by SR-71, and they asked BFS to cover it. Of course SR-71 turned into the 2000's Cheap Trick: huge in Japan, unheard of in the US...
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Re: Good Cover Versions

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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by lunchstealer » 26 Sep 2013, 01:58

Might belong more in 'Music for the Masses' but it's also a cover:

Watch these kids absolutely murder Tool's "46 & 2"
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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 18 Oct 2013, 12:29

Sadly, I couldn't find a "Bad Cover Versions" thread, so just strike "good" from the title and replace it with "surreal." I can only infer that the beach background is symbolic for the "washed up" nature of many participants' careers:


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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by Stevo Darkly » 18 Oct 2013, 16:36

I honestly rather enjoyed that.

It's as if my young adulthood had a beach party -- and I was invited! (Several people I've never heard of showed up too, but that's part of having a big party.)

The most surreal part was when the guy from Milli Vanilli sang. Or "sang?"
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Re: Good Cover Versions

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Post by Hugh Akston » 13 Feb 2014, 12:24

Scott Bradlee is pretty brilliant.
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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by Andrew » 21 Feb 2014, 13:09

Somehow I was unaware of this cover of one of my favorite Dylan songs:

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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by JD » 28 Feb 2014, 12:35

Not your usual version of "Sweet Child O' Mine".


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Post by Mo » 28 Feb 2014, 14:23

JD wrote:Not your usual version of "Sweet Child O' Mine".

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Look up 3 posts. :)
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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by JD » 28 Feb 2014, 14:30

Mo wrote:
JD wrote:Not your usual version of "Sweet Child O' Mine".

[video]
Look up 3 posts. :)
Weird - it got posted on another, completely unrelated message board I also read.

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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by lunchstealer » 28 Feb 2014, 16:07

JD wrote:Not your usual version of "Sweet Child O' Mine".

That song really does benefit from ditching everything but the lyrics.

Also, that song really does benefit from ditching everything but the lyrics.
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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by Jadagul » 28 Feb 2014, 18:31

lunchstealer wrote:
JD wrote:Not your usual version of "Sweet Child O' Mine".

That song really does benefit from ditching everything but the lyrics.

Also, that song really does benefit from ditching everything but the lyrics.
....

That recording didn't change any of the music, it just played it in a different style.

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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by lunchstealer » 28 Feb 2014, 20:34

Jadagul wrote:
lunchstealer wrote:
JD wrote:Not your usual version of "Sweet Child O' Mine".

That song really does benefit from ditching everything but the lyrics.

Also, that song really does benefit from ditching everything but the lyrics.
....

That recording didn't change any of the music, it just played it in a different style.
Which, when the style is somewhere in the dixieland/trad zone, means the chord progression and lyrics are all they kept. The melody is different, there's no godawful opening noodleriff, everything that made the song terrible is gone. Especially AXL's voice.
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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by Jadagul » 28 Feb 2014, 22:34

lunchstealer wrote:
Jadagul wrote:
lunchstealer wrote:
JD wrote:Not your usual version of "Sweet Child O' Mine".

That song really does benefit from ditching everything but the lyrics.

Also, that song really does benefit from ditching everything but the lyrics.
....

That recording didn't change any of the music, it just played it in a different style.
Which, when the style is somewhere in the dixieland/trad zone, means the chord progression and lyrics are all they kept. The melody is different, there's no godawful opening noodleriff, everything that made the song terrible is gone. Especially AXL's voice.
It's totally the same melody, just embellished a bit differently.

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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by lunchstealer » 01 Mar 2014, 02:45

I'll defer to any Jazz theorists/compositionists on the board, but it sounds to this poor fucker who had to sit through literally god knows how many repititions of this godawful Guns-n-auralassauts in a row every day for a week during band camp (imagine "Sweet Child 'O Mine" as the non-consensual flute on a trombonist and you've got the idea) it sounds like a sufficiently varied melody to not be the melody. And there's not the Slashnoodling to start it off. Enough for me.
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Re: Good Cover Versions

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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by lunchstealer » 01 Mar 2014, 03:36

dbcooper wrote:NERD!
You posted that as I was watching "Lost Planet of the Gods: Part I"

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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 01 Mar 2014, 13:01

There's a fine line in jazz between where improvisation on a melody is obviously the same melody, just the scenic versus the highway version (e.g., Coltrane's "My Favorite Things") and where an old melody (e.g., "Cherokee") becomes something entirely new ("Ko-Ko").

For that matter, though, my ear for music is so poor that it was only by the accident of hearing them in the same afternoon that I realized Paul Simon's "Scarborough Fair" and Dylan's "Girl From the North Country" are 99% the same melody. Even when I think I understand something about music it remains at bottom a mystery to me.

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Re: Good Cover Versions

Post by Jadagul » 01 Mar 2014, 18:49

lunchstealer wrote:I'll defer to any Jazz theorists/compositionists on the board, but it sounds to this poor fucker who had to sit through literally god knows how many repititions of this godawful Guns-n-auralassauts in a row every day for a week during band camp (imagine "Sweet Child 'O Mine" as the non-consensual flute on a trombonist and you've got the idea) it sounds like a sufficiently varied melody to not be the melody. And there's not the Slashnoodling to start it off. Enough for me.
You're right they don't do the same noodling to start it off, although the piano riff that opens up is an abbreviated version of it. But listen to the horns at 2:11--it's the same riff, just jazzified. (As DAR says, the vocal melody is taking the scenic route, but it's as close to the original as the Coltrane "My Favorite Things" is to that original, say. It's pretty recognizable; she just goes down on the last two notes of each phrase rather than up).

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Re: Good Cover Versions

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