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Cover songs that surpass the original..

Alkaline Trio Original:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2qerZ8KOrU[/youtube]

Hot Water Music cover:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoiriTImRt0[/youtube]

Chewed glass voice makes it so much more raw.
 
Shout by Disturbed... original was by Tears For Fears

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj0vLSdZJEM[/youtube]

Land Of Confusion by Disturbed... original was by Genesis

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV4oYkIeGJc[/youtube]
 
Come together by Godsmack. Rocky mtn way by Godsmack.

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One of the all time very best covers, at least in the Doo-wop era, IMHO, that became, and is dully recognized to the present, as being better than the original was released 08 February 1957 on Mercury Label Catalog Number 71060X45. The original was made by the Gladiolas on the Excello Label (started in 1952) out of Nashville, Tennessee and released January 1957 with CN of 45-2101. The Gladiolas, also going by various names such as The Junior Harmonizers, The Excellos and The Royal Charms, are known to have only one other release and that on the Excello Label as well, in the same year. A member of that group later formed Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs in 1960. The Diamonds out of Canada later performed this number in the 1958 Universal International Picture release entitled The Big Beat.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0mPp-aRHIg[/youtube]
 
Blinded by the Light. Manfred Mann's version is way better than Springsteen's original.
 
The cover made by The Creedence Clearwater Revivial and released 15 June 1968 on the Fantasy Label, Catalog Number 616, could be debated as being better than the original. I'll leave that up to you all to decide.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XGYiwOsPqQ[/youtube]

The original was released by a Dale Hawkins 06 May 1957 on the Checkers Label, Catalog Number of 863. It is considered the Number Nine Song (#9) of 1957:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isyq6InCE80[/youtube]
 
A song written by a Charles Trenet with English lyrics by a Jack Lawrence surfaced about 1946. Two versions are said to have made the Billboard 100: one by Bennie Goodman in 1948 and the other by Roger Williams in 1956 that reached #37. Both were instrumentals. The only vocal rendition of the song was made in 1947 on the Columbia Label Catalog Number 38134 by Harry James with Marion Morgan as the vocalist. This version has been completely overlooked by even the likes of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_the_Sea_(song" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) But there is a version on:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIFYpf2RASs[/youtube]

Around 1959 someone else picked up on it and made his own interpretation of it and released in on the Atco Label Catalog Number 45-6158 about January 1960: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZTcgmzSRzI[/youtube]
 
The Yardbirds did have a version of 'Dazed and Confused' recorded, but it wasn't listed on any of their items of discography until September 1971, when it was released on an LP called 'Live Yardbirds: Featuring Jimmy Page,' but was entitled 'I'm Confused.' The following video (March 1968) was the recording included on this 1971 LP that has Keith Relf doing the honours: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ffBRhtWjEQ[/youtube]

After Led Zeppelin formed around July 1968 Jimmy Page brought the tune over with him apparently and their version appears as Track A4 on their debut LP released 12 January 1969; also appears on an Atlantic Promotional EP in monaural (EP-A-1019) released also in 1969. The excerpt below is from the 09 January 1970 concert held at the Royal Albert Hall: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pau8Zf7srlU[/youtube]
 
One song that came out by the Patti Smith Group in 1978 reached # 35 for the year: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2AK5eIKL8c[/youtube] Then Natalie Merchant with The 10,000 Maniacs had a version recorded on her MTV Unplugged album released in 1993 [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUGC5oRpbkg[/youtube] Though reportedly co-written between Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen, Bruce S. didn't have a commercially released recording until 1986. with it also contained in a 2010 compliation. Though he did perform the song at times on his concert tours [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnMux7s0nYw[/youtube] All three versions sound pretty decent to me.
 
Kate Bush out of the UK came out the Number #2 song for the year 1985 [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp43OdtAAkM[/youtube] ...but Within Temptation's Sharon den Adel from out of The Netherlands does a pretty decent version as well (released 2003): [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UhlaOM7oIA[/youtube]
 
The Smashing Pumpkins came out with a song entitled 'Zero," released in 1995: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPU-ika3d4s[/youtube] ...but Amy Lee of Evanescence has been known to do that Track in concert as well; though I don't know of an official release. There was a 2004 release entitled 'Everybody's Fool,' that had a couple Tracks from the concert Evanescence held at Cologne 17 October 2003, but regrettably, not containing their version of 'Zero:' [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grMfjJAjg_Y[/youtube]
 
As with above, can't say the cover surpassed, but I could say that there was at least an equvilence in the performances. So with that, The Dead Can Dance from out of Australia came out in 1984 with a song featuring a Brendon Perry: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paj15uphVwo[/youtube] Then in 1997 a cover of the same was released by a band from out of The Netherlands that call themselves theGathering and featuring Anneke van Giersbergen on vocals (at least from about 1994 until 2007, that is) [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VBc4OajRUM[/youtube] Both, as far as I'm concerned, are quite wll presented IMHO
 
WyomingGrizFan said:
One song that came out by the Patti Smith Group in 1978 reached # 35 for the year: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2AK5eIKL8c[/youtube] Then Natalie Merchant with The 10,000 Maniacs had a version recorded on her MTV Unplugged album released in 1993 [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ynsdmd0jkj8[/youtube] Though reportedly co-written between Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen, Bruce S. didn't have a commercially released recording until 1986. with it also contained in a 2010 compliation. Though he did perform the song at times on his concert tours [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnMux7s0nYw[/youtube] All three versions sound pretty decent to me.

I mentioned Springsteen and "Blinded by the Light", but your post reminded me of another Bruce tune.

He wrote and performed "Pink Cadillac", but Aretha knocked it out of the park.
 
Tod said:
I mentioned Springsteen and "Blinded by the Light", but your post reminded me of another Bruce tune.

He wrote and performed "Pink Cadillac", but Aretha knocked it out of the park.

Was that by the one you mentioned? I thought a cover was done by someone else besides.

Anyways, another cover by Within Temptation is of the following, emanating out of Melbourne, VIC, Australia these days but originally from Brugge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, as I understand it, 'Somebody That I Used to Know,' by Gotye: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YzGOq42zLk[/youtube]

Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation's version (unfortunately not a video of a live concert segment but audio) also come's to mind: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyXoITLLDxE[/youtube]
 
This is another toss up, but still damn hard to beat the original. But the others are damn good as well. Originally out in 1991:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/wathc?v=hTWKbfoikeg[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tC46XHzLZEA[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn7voloX6JI[/youtube]
 
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