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michaelcox25
Posted: Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:51:46 AM

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Originality is always something difficult to find, espicially in music. Sometimes a song your parents loved as a kid will be revamped for this generation, you'll love it, and your parents will tell you of the original.

So out of all the songs you listened to, and you know are remakes, which one do you think is the best of the best? This can also include songs that are redone in video games that you enjoyed, and anything else. And make sure you try and add the original artist and what/where you heard it from (the newer song, and who its by).

Here's my List:

Sir Ivan - Live for Today

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2OZiDevsKE

Smooth Criminal - AAF, originally by Michael Jackson

Holy Diver - Killswitch, originally by Dio

Bill Blaster! Run Faster - Paper Mario, remake of Airship theme from SMB3

Boys of Summer - The Ataris, originally by The Eagles (Eagles is slightly better, imo)

Black Magic Woman - Santana, originally by Fleetwood Mac

That's mine for now.
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Monday, August 22, 2011 11:49:10 PM
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All Along The Watch Tower

I think Bob Dylan's song All Along The Watch Tower was a brilliant song, but I think Jimmie Hendrix turned it into a masterpiece.
almostfreebird
Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:27:05 AM

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Definitely "Cortez The Killer"

Original is great of course:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-b76yiqO1E

But this one is fuckin A:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paeNnR33i5Q


Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 4:06:50 PM

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Blues Brothers! Several pieces of wonderful blues, R&B, soul...
Soul Man
Sweet Home Chicago
Everybody Needs Somebody
Peter Gunn Theme


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Klaas V
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:35:19 AM

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Originals of the Beatles

Help by Tina Turner

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5P6ha0kzfHk

Helter Skelter by U2

www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFZh3-r7DVw


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Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:10:29 AM
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I forgot what a really good song Cortez The Killer is by Neil Young. Thank you for posting it.
excaelis
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 7:12:52 PM

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Great song, great singer. If my computer wasn't so messed up I'd post a bunch more. Her version of ' 3 Cigarettes In The Ashtray ' is also wonderful.


K D Lang Hallelujah

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Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2011 9:38:08 PM
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To Excalies:

I think K.D. Lang's version is good--she has a great voice; but I don't think anyone can sing it better than Leonard Cohen.
Wanderer
Posted: Friday, August 26, 2011 5:31:09 PM

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I love K. D. Lang and her version of the old Roy Orbison song, "Crying" has got to rate up there with the best. She sings it beautifully and soulfully. I saw here do it a few years ago on a talk show. It was great.
excaelis
Posted: Friday, August 26, 2011 10:19:32 PM

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Two awesome remakes of jazz standards, from the album " Red Hot & Blue ":

Debbie Harry/Iggy Pop-Well Did You Evah?

Kirsty MacColl/The Pogues-Miss Otis Regrets

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almostfreebird
Posted: Friday, August 26, 2011 10:47:09 PM

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When I saw k.d. lang for the first time, I thought she was a man.

Wanderer
Posted: Saturday, August 27, 2011 7:48:50 AM

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almostfreebird wrote:

When I saw k.d. lang for the first time, I thought she was a man.




I had the mistaken belief that Roy Orbison was blind. I don't think it really matters when you have a voice like K.D.
excaelis
Posted: Saturday, August 27, 2011 11:10:11 AM

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almostfreebird wrote:

When I saw k.d. lang for the first time, I thought she was a man.



I felt the same with Boy George.

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sarah71
Posted: Monday, August 29, 2011 3:23:12 AM

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two songs are on my list's top:

- Baby blue, originally written and sung by Bob Dylan, beautifully and even better covered by obscure Sixties garage band The Chocolate Watchband
- Hey Joe, worldwide Hendrix's hit (but I'm not sure is his), covered by The Music Machine

Oh, and I forgot Keep me hangin' on (original Supremes' hit) covered by Vanilla Fudge
Oh, and original version of Helter Skelter by Beatles is unbeatable (I'm an ex-U2 fan)

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Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Monday, August 29, 2011 9:39:40 AM
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To Sarah: Why are you an "ex-U2" fan? :)
percivalpecksniff
Posted: Monday, August 29, 2011 9:50:37 AM

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I like Israel kamakawiwo'ole's rendering of this song. It is haunting, and an unusual take on the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DKWlrA24k&ob=av2n

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sarah71
Posted: Monday, August 29, 2011 10:43:10 AM

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Marissa La Faye Isolde wrote:
To Sarah: Why are you an "ex-U2" fan? :)


Hi Marissa,one day I woke up and saw a light in the darkness of my teenage crush on Bono Vox... that was the same day he started acting as the new Messiah (but with tons of money in his temple). Besides, I've eventually understood that the Edge is not the greatest guitarist of ever. They've been singing the same songs for years, The Edge doesn't admit he's bald and Larry Mullen clearly uses tons of botox.


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jeans&sneakers
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 3:31:12 AM

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I Want to Hold Your Hand (Beatles) = cover from Youtube - not because of the quality, I just enjoy watching them play the guitar and sing that beautiful song!

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) = Bon Jovi's




At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. Plato
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 8:19:43 AM
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To Sarah: Good answer. I understand.:) But do you still like them as musicians?
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 8:33:37 AM
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To jeans and sneakers:

I just finished listening to Bon Jovi's version of Hallelujah. It is just my opinion, I realize, but I still think the Leonard Cohen sings it much better. He adds a dimension to his song that I don't think anyone else can do. Although, in B.J. version, I loved the viola(?) that was played in the background.:)
Klaas V
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 9:34:44 AM

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What about Knocking on Heaven's Door in the revival by Guns N'Roses? I've seen and heard them live in an open air concert in Nijmegen from very near. Goosebumps! Believe you me, please.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcWTTs8QVRc

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pedro
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 10:00:23 AM

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We could, I suppose, start a thread on the worst cover versions. Elton John's version of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds must rank highly.

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RubyMoon
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percivalpecksniff wrote:
I like Israel kamakawiwo'ole's rendering of this song. It is haunting, and an unusual take on the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_DKWlrA24k&ob=av2n


Me too, Mr. Pecksniff... 'haunting' is the perfect descriptor, just love this rendition.

Also, UB40: Can't Help Falling In Love. (doesn't win-out over Elvis, though)
sarah71
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 4:56:59 PM

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Marissa La Faye Isolde wrote:
To Sarah: Good answer. I understand.:) But do you still like them as musicians?


To be honest, I heard once a hit single from their last album whose name I can't recall at the moment, and it wasn't too bad, kind of good old 80's Boy's sound, but that's it. I'm done with them. I'm not disappointed or angry, it's just that they've been playing on rooftops and in arenas in front of at least one billion people at a time and in the meanwhile I've found out the existence of rock'n'roll :)

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sarah71
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 4:59:36 PM

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Marissa La Faye Isolde wrote:
To jeans and sneakers:

I just finished listening to Bon Jovi's version of Hallelujah. It is just my opinion, I realize, but I still think the Leonard Cohen sings it much better. He adds a dimension to his song that I don't think anyone else can do. Although, in B.J. version, I loved the viola(?) that was played in the background.:)


What do you think of Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah? I do love that version.
Oh, and I do love Johnny Cash' Hurt (original by Nine Inch Nails)!

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Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 9:08:02 PM
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To Sarah:

Well--I just listened to Jeff Buckley singing Hallelujah. I actually thought it was beautiful. I thought that it was sincere. It almost brought tears to my eyes. I thought Bon Jovi's was a little affected.It didn't really have the power of deeply felt sentiment behind it that Jeff Buckley's has. I loved the guitar in this version, especially in the beginning. I thought both Bon Jovi and Jeff Buckley's voice a little weak in comparison to the depth of Leonard Cohen's. Actually, I didn't think Bon Jovi's voice, at least in this song, was very good. With Jeff Buckley's though, I think his had more of a delicate quality that went well with the guitar music. With Jeff Buckley's version,there seemed to be something more personal and intimate in the way he sang it. Where as with Leonard Cohen's, there seems to be overtones of something more spiritual to it.

There are so many good and truly beautiful songs out there. But for me I suppose the "litmus test" for a piece of music that has the ability to penetrate my being, is when a chord is struck inside me that causes a vibration that sort of reverberates along my nerves...if that makes any sense to you. I have always liked Johny Cash and his music. I think his song Hurt is a great song that not only causes my eyes to sting but my heart to hurt.



Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 9:32:25 PM
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To Percival:

I am astonished that you have posted this song! I tried to post this very same song the other night, but for some reason I lost it...or it wasn't posted the next day. I have been meaning to re-post it. I think I must have it the preview button instead of of the post in my sleepiness. :) As I said, in my post, I have always hated Somewhere over the rainbow. Every time I hear it I feel like puking--especially the Judy Garland version, even though I have always loved the film the Wizard of Oz. I didn't think I would ever hear a version that I liked. But IZ's version IS really great! I'm glad you like it too. :)
Marissa La Faye Isolde
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To Clubfavolosa:

I think Knocking On Heaven's Door is a great song too.:) It is hard for me to decide which version I like best. I love Dylan's version, but I also like Guns and Roses version too. As much as I like Dylan, sometimes I think they lack passion.
almostfreebird
Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 10:43:22 PM

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Marissa La Faye Isolde wrote:
To Percival:
I am astonished that you have posted this song!


I was astonished too(^_^;


It reminds me of Konishiki:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbttzNNG_RM








jeans&sneakers
Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 3:17:51 AM

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Marissa, I respect your opinion. Leonard Cohen is an awesome artist. His style of singing is just not my cup of tea but don't get me wrong, I still like him. He sings with such appeal!

Sarah, the first vid of Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah I found boring. I tried another link and his voice sounds divine. I watched another vid till I guess it started to grow on me. I watched Bon Jovi's again... it's just me, I guess - back to Bon Jovi! lol.

I watched K.D. Lang's vid again posted by excaelis. And yeah, great vocals! This world is so full of talents.




At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. Plato
sarah71
Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 3:26:55 AM

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jeans&sneakers wrote:

Marissa, I respect your opinion. Leonard Cohen is an awesome artist. His style of singing is just not my cup of tea but don't get me wrong, I still like him. He sings with such appeal!

Sarah, the first vid of Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah I found boring. I tried another link and his voice sounds divine. I watched another vid till I guess it started to grow on me. I watched Bon Jovi's again... it's just me, I guess - back to Bon Jovi! lol.

I watched K.D. Lang's vid again posted by excaelis. And yeah, great vocals! This world is so full of talents.




Well, I don't want you to choose between Beatles and Stones, if you know what I mean :))
Rock'n'roll is all that matters, call it Cohen, Buckley or Bon Jovi :))

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Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 7:48:45 AM
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To almost a free bird:

I never heard of Konishiki until now. I just now listened to his song. His music is very different from American music. It is like listening to Chinese or Japanese or Mexican music etc. He has a good voice and his music is relaxing. I wish I had him standing at the foot of my bed while I sleep.:)
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:16:20 AM

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How about Kurt Weill's (1930) Alabama Song (Show Me the Way to the Next Whiskey Bar) by The Doors (1967)?


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excaelis
Posted: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 6:07:35 PM

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Thanks JJ, I'd forgotten that one.

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jeans&sneakers
Posted: Saturday, September 03, 2011 3:00:04 AM

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sarah71 wrote:
Well, I don't want you to choose between Beatles and Stones, if you know what I mean :))
Rock'n'roll is all that matters, call it Cohen, Buckley or Bon Jovi :))


Stones? You mean the Rolling Stones? :p Sorry I don't know :)) I'm starting to really like the Beatles, I'm tempted to buy a guitar!

+ I like how Jim Sturgess sang Girl from the movie Across the Universe.




At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet. Plato
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