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Best cover you've heard?

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Hi peeps its been a while since I've been on here. So much has change for me. I've always played in cover bands and due to work commitments I've teamed up with a guitarist playing original material and I have found myself as a bassist at the grand age of 47! I love it. The question is whenever you watch a band doing a cover what band has made you go WOW that's an awesome cover of that song? Having watching upteen bands live and on youtube for me theres so many good and bad. If only they had wrote that track!

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For me it has to be Bronski Beats Small Town Boy as covered by Paradise Lost. They have managed to turn the sng on its head and yet retain the feel of the original.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f9XiD_2K7-Q

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I could never get on vocally with that Stranglers version. I much prefered the Soulful vocal performance, along with a great groove and tasteful playing on the AWB version.
The Bass playing is so in the pocket. (just my opinion of course).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kva5h7tWS3Y

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For me it has to be Camera Obscura with their cover of Super Trooper.

[media]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEs8sGSfyZg[/media]

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Have a listen to this guy,if you've not already heard of him.Him and his bassist do acoustic covers of nearly everything.He has one of the best voices I've heard in years.This is a great cover of Toto's 'Africa'

[url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLrC7e3vSv8"]https://www.youtube....h?v=MLrC7e3vSv8[/url]

Edited by squire5

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[media]http://youtu.be/Res3-YX4X8g[/media]

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[quote name='squire5' timestamp='1503228342' post='3356542']
Have a listen to this guy,if you've not already heard of him.Him and his bassist do acoustic covers of nearly everything.He has one of the best voices I've heard in years.This is a great cover of Toto's 'Africa'

[url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLrC7e3vSv8"]https://www.youtube....h?v=MLrC7e3vSv8[/url]
[/quote]

Wow, what a voice, and the bass-player's no slouch on backing-vocals either. I sense many lost hours of you-tubing headed my way. Thanks for that 😉

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[quote name='Rich' timestamp='1503244548' post='3356651']
[media]http://youtu.be/Res3-YX4X8g[/media]
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Even as a huge Elvis Costello fan I have to agree this is the finest version of a wonderful song. However, is it a cover? It was originally written for Wyatt, with Costello recording it slightly later.

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Thin Lizzie covered 'Whiskey in the Jar' in the early 1970s and it has rarely been bettered.

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[quote name='outsider70' timestamp='1503227035' post='3356534']
[url="https://youtu.be/GQVTtpE9J7s"]https://youtu.be/GQVTtpE9J7s[/url]

Highway Star- Chickenfoot
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+100

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[quote name='Rich' timestamp='1503244548' post='3356651']
[media]http://youtu.be/Res3-YX4X8g[/media]
[/quote]The definitive version of this song.

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[quote name='Mykesbass' timestamp='1503249726' post='3356693']

Even as a huge Elvis Costello fan I have to agree this is the finest version of a wonderful song. However, is it a cover? It was originally written for Wyatt, with Costello recording it slightly later.
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Watching the video I thought I recognised Bedders from Madness and while checking read this. Just FYI for everyone..

According to Clive Langer, he had written the tune for Robert Wyatt but was not happy with the lyrics that he had written himself. Langer played the tune to Costello at a party hosted by Nick Lowe, and within days Costello had produced what he described as "the best lyrics I've ever written".[1] In a 1983 interview with NME, Mark Bedford of Madness, who played stand-up double bass on the single, recounted the history of the song:

"At first Robert Wyatt wasn't involved. The original plan was to release four different versions of the song, which was then called 'Ten to Nine', as an EP with four different guest vocalists. There were going to be versions of the song by Elvis, Clive and Steve Allen [Langer's former bandmate in the 1970s group Deaf School], but once Elvis had done some more work on the lyrics and changed the song to 'Shipbuilding', they decided to approach Robert Wyatt and his version was so special that it came out as a straight single."[3]

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@Lowdown, I loved that AWB version of Walk on By (I also love the Stranglers version). Thanks for posting.

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Queensryches version of Scarborough Fair is stunning, not what you expect from them at all.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcwQlGjNqrs

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Aussie band Zoot covering the Beatles' Eleanor Rigby

on guitar is Rick Springfield of Jessie's Girl fame.

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iptr7i7sFkM[/media]


And Yes covering the Beatles' Every Little Thing

[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIcpJFQDa64"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIcpJFQDa64[/url]

Edited by bazztard

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Southern Rock band Nashville Pussy's version of Nutbush City Limits

[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glIEwEcfLWI[/media]

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I always loved the Stiff Little Fingers version of Johnny Was. Oh and the Johnny Cash version of One, in my opinion its a much better version than the U2 one. I like covers that step away from the original a bit, not enough to lose the soul but enough for it to be something in its own right.

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