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Hope you enjoy the list, and don’t forget to check out these versions as well as the originals if you’ve not heard them!
11. Handle With Care by Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins. Jenny Lewis and fellow indie superstars M. Ward and Conor Oberst put together this version of the Travelling Wilburys song. Taken from the album Rabbit Fur Coat.
12. Jailhouse Rock by the Jeff Beck Group. A pummeling blues rock version of the Elvis hit. Sung by Rod Stewart, with backing by Ron Wood, Nicky Hopkins and, of course, Jeff Beck. Hear it on the album, Beck-Ola.
13. Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey by the Jim Jones Revue. Another classic fifties rock ‘n’ roll song given a brutal makeover. Little Richard’s hit is drenched in feedback and fuzz, but sounds great for it. To be found on the album Jim Jones Revue.
14. I’ll Fly Away by North Mississippi Allstars. John Medeski and Robert Randolph. This traditional song is transformed into a funky, slide guitar instrumental. Brilliant playing all round. Taken from the album The Word.
15. What A Wonderful World by Joey Ramone. The hit made famous by Louie Armstrong has now almost become just as famous because of this verson by the late Ramones frontman. It’s been heard on many an advert, but don’t let that put you off. To be found on the Don’t Worry About Me album.
16. La Mer (El Mar) by Julio Iglesias. This song can be heard at the end of the otherwise (in my opinion) dull spy drama Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and it is a funky, brassy version of the song made famous by Bobby Darin, and it is an absolute marvel! If you can find it, the album it’s taken from is En El Olimpia.
17. Swinging Party by Kindness. Uber producer, multi instramentalist and slight Johnny Depp lookalike, Kindness does a complete makeover of the Replacements song, turning it into a slow, eighties, almost disco number. Taken from the album World You Need A Change of Mind.
18. A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall by Leon Russell. One of many covers of the Bob Dylan song, this is a typical Leon Russell take on it. Boogie style pianos make this a bluesy take, rather than Dylans folky number. To be found on the album Leon Russell and the Shelter People.
19. For What It’s Worth by Cher. A cover of the Buffalo Springfields classic sixties hit, this is also from the end of the sixties and is a great, funky version, with an awesome slide guitar riff. You won’t believe it’s Cher! The album is 3614 Jackson Highway and you can also find a cool cover of Dr John’s Walk On Gilded Splinters on there.
20. Alone Again Or by Calexico. A fairly faithfull reworking of the song by Love, but a nice version of a great song. Taken from the single only release Alone Again Or.