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Obscure original versions which were as good if not better than hit cover versions

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by bobyoung53, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. Okay, I've always loved this Deep Purple tune and never knew Joe South wrote it and recorded it first. Please post some pairs of tunes you like in which you think the original (obscure) version is at least as good as the later cover version.

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  2. Another Joe South penned tune, I knew you when, the original version was by Billy Joe Royal and Linda Ronstadt covered it, I've always though Billy Joe Royals version blew hers away. Actually there are a lot of Linda Ronstadt covers in which I think the originals were better now that I think of it.

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  3. And one of my all time favorites The Everly Brothers' When Will I be Loved written by Phil Everly, first by Linda Ronstadt again and then the brothers themselves:

  4. For me, one of the most obvious is "California Girls", of which the David Lee Roth version went to #2 in the U.S.
  5. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Well for me Slade "Come On Feel The Noise" i
    Vs Quiet Riot.

    No contest, Slade all the way.
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  6. Yeah, the Slade version which I've never heard before rocks, much better.
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  7. Well not obscure but the Kinks original version:

    Cover version Van Halen:

    The Kinks version blows away the Van Halen version IMHO.
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  8. Needs no introduction, the original version:

    Cover version:

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    Black Magic Woman -- Fleetwood Mac

    Hard To Handle -- Otis Redding

    Call Me The Breeze -- JJ Cale

    After Midnight -- JJ Cale
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  16. That David Lee Roth was always doing covers!
    I liked the original Nashville Teens cover of "Tobacco Road" but Roth did a decent one.
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  17. surprise surprise:

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  18. LOL! :woot: i needto check that out -dont have youtube at work
  19. farace


    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    More Roy Orbison, though released posthumously as I understand. And bonus is the very cool Moto Guzzi in the video. :)

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  20. Original by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, great original, great short sax solo on the original.

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