Discussion in 'Music and Recordings' started by cardigan, Jul 25, 2016.
I forgot to include this link....many are not fans of covering this song (and a variety of others). For the most part I agree, and so does Mastodon. Interesting story as to how this came to be recorded...
https://q1043.iheart.com/content/20...aily (Classic Rock)&campid=headline3_readmore
"Mr. Sandman," by Pat Ballard, hit the airwaves in 1954 and was quickly covered by everybody who mattered at the time.
My favorite of those early covers was by the immortal Chet Atkins (for mid-'50s, he positively shreds here). After that come my 2 favorite of more recent covers; to say these 2 versions are diametrically opposed in style would be an understatement:
Get ready for Reggae covers of classic American R&B. There are so many examples to choose from. It's startling to realize how good these famous tunes sound over a reggae or rock steady beat:
Michael Jackson's "I'll Be There" covered by Barry Biggs:
And the great Toots Hibert (of Toots & the Maytals) covering "I've Got Dreams to Remember" by Otis Redding. Many regard Toots as Jamaica's Otis Redding:
Carly Simon's "Nobody Does It Better" covered by Radiohead. (In a different live recording, Thom introduces it as "the sexiest song ever written.")
California Guitar Trio covering Bohemian Rhapsody.
Rodrigo y Gabriela covering Metallica's Orion, live.
Priceless Radiohead cut. Never heard Thom Yorke sing a tune this conventional--and sing this straight. Usually he sounds like someone's slowly tightening thumbscrews on each hand (I mean that in a good way)
Criminally underrated and virtually unknown among some age groups. A damn shame, as they say. Enjoy, friends.
A childhood friend of mine actually was a room-mate w/Roy Buchanan sometime in the mid-to-late 1970s...someplace in DC or very close by. This friend (who manages to be brilliant overall but totally clueless regarding details), had no idea who Buchanan was. Knew he was a guitarist, but never went to see him in club. Didn't realize 'til many years later that he had shared a place w/a (by then) deceased guitar legend.
This friend described Buchanan as sad, broke, and quite a drunk. Likeable, but troubled.
It has been my experience that people who are true masters of the Telecaster are a different species--they go their own way & chase their own sound (often brilliantly). Buchanan was one of the best of them.
Roy Buchanan is one of those players, though maybe the least well known, who took a very expressive blues-based style of playing that rely more on tone and left -hand string manipulation to make a guitar emote like a voice rather than speed and pyrotechnics, but outside of a pure blues song structure. Other examples that come to mind are Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jeff Beck, and Carlos Santana. I dig them all.
Another great example of an emotive guitarist is Peter Green, who inspired many (Santana & Black Magic Woman obviously). This blues cover moves me every time...
Fleetwood Mack "Need Your Love So Bad"
Would you believe I never heard this cover? I wasn't a Fleetwood Mac fan, so it got past me. I like the clear influence of B.B. King in Green's playing here. hard to miss.
I have the original of this tune--Little Willie John singing the tune written by his older brother. Actually don't much care for that original.
But this cover by Irma Thomas just wrecks me. I love the gently swinging, understated arrangement that supports her soft voice. A killer version:
While we're talking slow, impassioned love songs with a blues feel, check out "Release Me." It was written in the last '40s & covered by many, including the Everly Brothers, Englebert Humperdink, and Little Esther Phillips (a terrific soul cover).
But my favorite is by the criminally underrated New Orleans star vocalist, "The Tan Canary," Johnny Adams. It doesn't hurt that he's accompanied by a classic N.O. swamp rhythm section + horns & girl singers. Listen to his high soulful falsetto @2'12"
I don't know if a orchestral reinterpretation is a cover,
but I find this so cool
I like Cheap Trick. I may have to check out more by this artist.
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