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Best Cover Versions

I've no idea if this topic has been done before, but let's give it a go.

Criteria,

The original song MUST be of the Soul Genre.

The Cover Version can be of ANY genre of music.

That's it. Do your worst guys and gals. Feck!, I mean do your best.

Oh, and if anyone gets their cover version voted DOWN by as much as ONE vote, they will be rogerred by the entire male population of Bristol. 😂

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I thought I'd add a wee caveat to the topic. Guess who the sick puppy is now ya feckers.

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38 minutes ago, MotownSoulMan said:

I've no idea if this topic has been done before, but let's give it a go.

Criteria,

The original song MUST be of the Soul Genre.

The Cover Version can be of ANY genre of music.

That's it. Do your worst guys and gals. Feck!, I mean do your best.

Oh, and if anyone gets their cover version voted DOWN by as much as ONE vote, they will be rogerred by the entire male population of Bristol. 😂

Jeez. I must be stupid but someone has to go first I suppose. I'll go for Kenny Lynch - It's Too Late, a cover of a Bobby Goldsboro classic. 

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On 26/12/2018 at 03:08, MotownSoulMan said:

Jeez. I must be stupid but someone has to go first I suppose. I'll go for Kenny Lynch - It's Too Late, a cover of a Bobby Goldsboro classic. 

Classic ?      its bloody awful

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Ahh..beautiful and great choice-always a favourite of mine too;Baby Washington's version of Little Anthony's Hurt So Bad is nice as well.

Others,off the top of my head- the late,great Nancy Wilson's cover of Uptight(Everything's Alright) Linda Jones' version of The Shirelles' Last Minute Miracle

The Capitols' version of Barbara Lewis' Hello Stranger is,if not 'better' ,equally good 

Roy Hamilton's version of Dark End Of The Street .Oscar Toney Jr's Any Day Now are another two that,for me, equal the originals ( just can't decide if 'better')

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Some of my favorites:

- "Nights Over Egypt" covered by Incognito (original by Jones Girls)

- "Now That We Found Love" covered by Third World (original by The O'Jays)

- "Can't Hide Love" covered by Earth, Wind & Fire (original by Dionne Warwick and also on a fantastic live performance by Dionne and Isaac Hayes!)

- "Freddie's Dead" instrumental cover by MFSB (original by Curtis Mayfield)

- And, chronologically, perhaps the first one favorite of mine, Matt Monro covering the standard "Can't Quite My Eyes On You" (I don't knows if the "original" was recorded by The Ambassadors,…?). He was usually on spansh TV performing live. here's the spanish version ("No puedo quitar mis ojos de tí"):

 

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Another one favorite of mine is "Time" by Jackie Moore was covered with another totally different feeling and tempo by gospel - soul group Mighty Clouds Of Joy, I likes a lot both ones, original and cover, but the voice of Joe Ligon and the "tic-tac" intro by Earl Young is "da bomb":

 

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A Wheel classic from Moses Dillard (and apparently invented 'brother' Joshua) covering the dreadful C&W original by George Jones and Tammy Whine-ette... Not perhaps the most soulful of northern records but just a GREAT dancer... Though there are SO many brilliant and different covers of soul cuts (The Magic Touch has to rank high in northern terms).
 

 

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3 hours ago, josep manuel concernau robles said:

Some of my favorites:

- "Nights Over Egypt" covered by Incognito (original by Jones Girls)

- "Now That We Found Love" covered by Third World (original by The O'Jays)

- "Can't Hide Love" covered by Earth, Wind & Fire (original by Dionne Warwick and also on a fantastic live performance by Dionne and Isaac Hayes!)

- "Freddie's Dead" instrumental cover by MFSB (original by Curtis Mayfield)

- And, chronologically, perhaps the first one favorite of mine, Matt Monro covering the standard "Can't Quite My Eyes On You" (I don't knows if the "original" was recorded by The Ambassadors,…?). He was usually on spansh TV performing live. here's the spanish version ("No puedo quitar mis ojos de tí"):

 

      Here's the original version of "Can't Take

      My Eyes Off You"

   And here's the original of "You Can't Hide Love" - 

                

 

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Rocky  Roberts and the Airdales ( Hold on I'm Coming) and quite a few more they covered , they put there own stamp on them

Happy New Year

ML

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Shop Around - Memphis style...great stuff .

 

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I'll nominate this.

It takes some bottle to take on James Brown but Gene Chandler absolutely nails it to the floor for me with this version..I've always loved the ending when he does the  "ooh" sound like a sigh of relief,it's brilliant!

I would have loved to be at the recording session for this and seen that reaction as i reckon he knew that he'd just laid down something pretty special,it's one hell of a take on the original track in my opinion.   

 

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I never decide what one is better, the one (I think is the "original",…?) by The Refelections or the one by Billy Davis Jr. (the same Billy Davis of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. ex members of 5th Dimension):

 

 

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28 minutes ago, tomangoes said:

Surely the best cut

 

Ed

Must admit it’s pretty damn good 

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3 hours ago, josep manuel concernau robles said:

I never decide what one is better, the one (I think is the "original",…?) by The Refelections or the one by Billy Davis Jr. (the same Billy Davis of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. ex members of 5th Dimension):

 

 

I think the best version is Denise Lasalle : )

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17 hours ago, David Meikle said:

Just wondering why you are calling Diana Ross...Diana Dross?

 

Probably because I have never personally rated her, IMO there were so many better female vocalists at Motown. And lets be honest it wasn't just her vocal abilities that got her places !

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Another "dilemma" is about these two takes, the (I think…?) original by Chuck Jackson and the cover by the duo Spooky & Sue. The first is IMHO more soulful, the second is more sexy (Sue voice!)… I prefer the cover.

 

 

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27 minutes ago, josep manuel concernau robles said:

Another "dilemma" is about these two takes, the (I think…?) original by Chuck Jackson and the cover by the duo Spooky & Sue. The first is IMHO more soulful, the second is more sexy (Sue voice!)… I prefer the cover.

 

 

Also the Moments cover

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There are some other great songs all time favorites of mine with two versions on wich I have the same dilemma:

- "United" by Peaches & Herb and by The Intruders

- "Look Over Your Shoulder" by The O'Jays and by The Escorts

- "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack and by The Chi-lites

- "Love Is Here" by The Futures and by The Dramatics

- "Do Your Thing" by Isaac Hayes and by The Temptations

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more soulful than the jazz Gil version, both wonderful

 

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Lots of covers of Bill Withers Who is he and what is he to you which in itself is a great record but the Creative Source version does it for me.

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In 1969 Baby Huey was invited to audition for Curtis Mayfield’s label Curtom and started recording studio material with Mayfield acting as producer. Three of the songs were interpretations to Curtis Mayfield songs, including one of the highlights of the record, Hard Times. Unfortunately Baby Huey died while working on the album, and we only have about 30 minutes of the music he was able to complete. 

 

 

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I always have preferred the cover version by Dee Dee Sharp than the one (I think, the original) by 5 Stairsteps & Cubie. The cover by Mss. Sharp is, IMHO, so jazzy and so fresh… and with these fantastic chorus by The Tymes (*) at the last part:

 

 

(*) The male chorus by The Tymes are uncredited but this was explained at Soulful Detroit forum by a Philly's Sigma Sound musician forum member.

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2 minutes ago, josep manuel concernau robles said:

I always have preferred the cover version by Dee Dee Sharp than the one (I think, the original) by 5 Stairsteps & Cubie. The cover by Mss. Sharp is, IMHO, so jazzy and so fresh… and with these fantastic chorus by The Tymes (*) at the last part:

 

 

(*) The male chorus by The Tymes are uncredited but this was explained at Soulful Detroit forum by a Philly's Sigma Sound musician forum member.

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where possible please follow this request

 

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Posted (edited)

I see it's over 2 months since any action on this thread and as I am yet to contribute to it, now seems as good a time as ever. Generally I am not a fan of cover versions, there has to be something in a new version that makes a dramatic difference to the original, or earlier recordings of it, to excite me. That's precisely the case with the one I've selected here.

How many artists can you name that have recorded two different versions of the same covered song, in consecutive years? Kimiko Kasai managed to do it in 1984/85 c/o two Japanese released only LP's. Both contain a version of "Killing Me Softly" but the second version is a mind blower in my opinion. Heavy on the bass c/o Dennis Bellfield, this really adds a completely fresh angle to the original whilst still retaining it's classic melodies. It's a 10/10 rating for me, enjoy. 

Video should start at the required position 07.51:

 

 

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I like both versions of Gonna Find A true Love, the original was on Motown from 1974 by Bottom & Company, it was covered by the Patterson Twins in 1978 - both fab soul tracks

 

here's t'other version

 

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I was asked to clarify what I was on about
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Very strong cover,fantastic vocals

 

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the original does not need an introduction, here is a great alt NS version

 

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The page was loading slow due to too many embedded videos so I've just inserted the links for this one. If you have no interest in early 80's synth boogie then this is unlikely to be of any interest to you.

I imagine few members would remember the original track if I mentioned it casually but many will own it, so here's a reminder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBJVLNYmR34 from the LP https://www.discogs.com/Al-Jarreau-High-Crime/master/99770

In May 1996 I picked up a Japanese LP from 1986 by a female artist Akina Nakamori, that looked interesting despite there being only a few words of English on it. I got lucky as there was one phenomenal synth boogie track on it that was almost a complete cover of the above Al Jarreau track, except it was titled "Mind Game" and but for the chorus and opening line "Sweet Baby," was sung in Japanese with lyrics that when translated aren't those sung by Al Jarreau. Debatable therefore as to whether it qualifies officially as a cover version but even just listening to a few seconds of it is enough to realise the intention. As synth boogie tracks go they don't come much better than this, a 10/10 for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG4TfrgapCk from the LP https://www.discogs.com/中森明菜-Crimson/release/7185835

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On 15/03/2019 at 14:50, shufflin said:

I like both versions of Gonna Find A true Love, the original was on Motown from 1974 by Bottom & Company, it was covered by the Patterson Twins in 1978 - both fab soul tracks

 

here's t'other version

 

Didn't know the Patterson Twins - blows the original out the water.

Dx

PS Unfortunately I see there's one on ebay - £712

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I was just doing some research into Pebble Beach Sound Recorders Studio in Worthing in relation to an upload I made to the 70's Jazz Funk forum. It seemed hardly the expected location for the recording I uploaded, neither did it for The Stranglers to record their first 3 track demo in 1976, the Adverts to record Gary Gilmore's Eyes, or for a long way from home Penetration [Ferryhill, Darlington/Durham] to record Don't Dictate. It seems even more unlikely that the Eddie Holland track Leaving Here was also recorded at this studio, albeit by Motorhead! I must say I really like this.

 

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On 20/03/2019 at 12:10, Martin S said:

It seems even more unlikely that the Eddie Holland track Leaving Here was also recorded at this studio, albeit by Motorhead! I must say I really like this.

I always thought the Motorhead version was a pretty straight copy of the Birds' version which they would have been familiar with. Mind you I always imagined that the Birds' version was inspired by the Who's version (which wasn't released until the 90's) which stuck much more closely to the original.

 

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40 minutes ago, Timillustrator said:

always thought the Motorhead version was a pretty straight copy of the Birds' version which they would have been familiar with

I wouldn't be surprised if Lemmy was familiar with the Eddie Holland version, also.

A lot of people don't realise what a walking encyclopedia of music Lemmy was..he had very eclectic tastes including early Rock N Roll,Soul, R&B & Doo Wop records.

I had the pleasure of hanging out with Lemmy on several occasions some years ago when I was introduced by a mutual friend.

He was a super knowledgeable  friendly fella and generous to a fault and far from the mad,  greaser persona he was known for! 

Here's another cover from 'The Head'.

 

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On ‎16‎/‎03‎/‎2019 at 22:46, DaveNPete said:

PS Unfortunately I see there's one on ebay - £712

Three on Discogs  from Japan £40 to £50 plus postage if ovo is of no concern

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