Saturday, October 20, 2018
WEEKEND PLAYLIST: Killer Covers
Getting a bit chilly in the fall so we sleep cozy under our covers. Hey! It's also a good theme for this weekend's playlist.
Some cover tunes (songs remade by another artist after becoming famous for the original tune) are as good, if not better, than the original. Here are five for your listening pleasure.
5. "All Along the Watchtower_ - Jimi Hendrix. Only one of the most inventive and best guitarists could take this Bob Dylan song and turn it into a power rocker.
The original by Bob Dylan
4. "Respect" - Aretha Franklin. Originally a cool R&B tune by Otis Redding about a guy asking for some respect after spending all his money on his girl, Ms. Franklin turned it into a powerful song about female empowerment...she's demanding a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T here.
The original by Otis Redding
3. "Whole Lotta Love" - Led Zeppelin. They didn't want to admit it but this was a cover of Muddy Waters' blues tune "You Need Love." Kept denying it but a lawsuit and verdict says differently. Still, a very good tune by the 70's power band.
The original by Muddy Waters.
2. "The Man Who Sold The World" - Nirvana. Great guitar licks highlight this cover of a very good David Bowie tune.
The original by David Bowie
1. "Hurt:" - Johnny Cash. Maybe the best cover ever. Nine Inch Nails originally recorded this powerful song of the pain addiction causes, not just to the addict but to those around them. Then, Johnny Cash took it to a whole 'nuther level. Even composer Trent Reznor thinks it's better than the original.
The original by Nine Inch Nails
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