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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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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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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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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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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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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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