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Cover Songs

I am a huge fan of cover songs. Sometimes its a different take on a classic song...think Sweet Jane by the Cowboy Junkies. Sometimes it a redo of an obscure song... Rockpile (Dave Edmonds) singing Elvis Costello's Girls Talk is a good example. Other times it it's just a great voice singing the song. Good example of that would be Linda Ronstadt's Tumbing Dice or frankly any of the dozen of covers she has done through the years ... she is one of those voices I would pay to see sing the phonebook.

But then there are cover songs that make absolutely no sense what so ever. I am going to post two songs here: the original and the cover...

The original,,,






And here is the cover...

 




Landslide is one of my favorite Fleetwood Mac / Stevie Nicks songs. Such a beautiful song, sung with rich emotion by a classic voice. Now i am a big Smashing Pumpkins fan and like Billy Corgans voice, though hardly a classic one. 1979 is one of my favorite songs of the past 20 years or so. That said, this cover is awful. It's not a different take on the song, uses the exact same arrangement, and his voice doesn't fit. Not sure if the world needed this cover.

Now this cover of Landslide on the other hand, by a band I couldn't even name another song they did, is gorgeous and an example of a great cover...

 


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There are two cover songs that get heavy rotation on my stereo. One of them is Disturbed's cover of Judas Priest's "Living After Midnight", which was part of a tribute album for the 30th anniversary of the Priest album British Steel. The other is Nightwish, a heavy metal band from Finland, doing a cover of the title song from Andrew Lloyd Weber's Phantom of the Opera. The band's original female lead singer, who has the ability to sing like an opera singer, combined with the vocals of the band's bass pla<x>yer and the band's ability to stay true to the music while putting their own unique touch to it, always leaves me in awe.