If you have got this far, you will be gutted (or glad) to know that this is the final instalment looking at great cover versions in my iPod. I hope you have enjoyed some of the suggestions and have taken a listen for yourself. Let me know of any other great covers, or what you think of the ones I have included. The other four parts can be found here:
Sexual Healing by Ben Harper. A nice acoustic version of the Marvin Gaye classic. This can be found on Harper’s Live From Mars album, along with other covers like The Drugs Don’t Work and Whole Lotta Love.
Tutti-Frutti by MC5. A rip roaring proto-punk version of the Little Richard song. It clocks in at well under two minutes and has a fantastic MC5 energy to it. Get it on the Back In The USA album.
Lets Dance by M. Ward. An almost unrecognisable version of David Bowie’s song. Matt Ward is a master at deconstructing songs it seems, with a great version of Buddy Holly’s Rave On to be found on his Hold Time album. This song can be found on the album Transfiguration of Vincent.
Day Tripper (Live) by Ocean Colour Scene featuring Oasis. This has been a favourite cover version of mine for as long as I can remember. Britpop stalwarts Ocean Colour Scene live in concert back in the Britpop heyday, with able support by the kings of that scene, Noel and Liam Gallagher. A real buzzing version of The Beatles track. To be found on the album B Sides, Seasides and Freerides.
Hard Times by John Legend & The Roots. A great version of the old soul song by Baby Huey & The Babysitters which can be found on their album Wake Up! As you would expect from the Roots, it has a great seventies soul feel to it.
You Don’t Knock by Detroit Cobras. Originally by the folf group Kingston Trio, this is a garage rock version of sorts which starts off slow and then bursts into life shortly after, with some nice call and response in there. Taken from the album Seven Easy Pieces.
Act Nice & Gentle by Black Keys. A cover of a lesser known Kinks song, this is given the scuzzed up blues treatment by the Black Keys off their Rubber Factory album.
Runaway by Small Faces. A great song originally by Del Shannon is turned, in my opinion, in to an even better song by virtue of having Steve Marriott sing it with his amazing voice. Not totally different to the original, but its the vocals that make it a must listen. To be found on the Small Faces album From The Beginning.
In The Midnight Hour by The Jam. From sixties Mod’s to seventies Mod’s and Paul Wellers band cover Wilson Pickett in glorious punky fashion. Short but sweet, and found on the This is The Modern World album.
Mystery Train by The Band. A version of the Elvis Presley song with all the elements that made the Band what they are. Great vocals, and awesome playing. If you have seen the Last Waltz then it is largely similar to the live version, but this is taken from their covers album Moondog Matinee.
- The 50 Best Cover Versions – Part One (thomasjford.wordpress.com)
- The 50 Best Cover Versions – Part Two (thomasjford.wordpress.com)
- The Best Cover Versions – Part Three (thomasjford.wordpress.com)
- The 50 Best Cover Versions – Part Four (thomasjford.wordpress.com)