Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Music Break - Some Cover Versions

Every once in a while, someone brings back a song and does a good job of it.  Sometimes it's only a short time after the original comes out, other times it's decades later.  Sometimes it sounds very similar to the original, other times it's given a different feel.  Sometimes it's part of a tribute album, other times an artist simply incorporates someone else's song into their repertoire.  Here are a few that I've come to enjoy.

First up is comedian and actor Adam Sandler's version of the Warren Zevon song Werewolves of London, which appears on the multi-artist tribute to Zevon entitled Enjoy Every Sandwich.

Sheryl Crow covers Squeezebox by The Who, guessed it....a squeezebox.

Not long after Bob Dylan wrote and recorded If Not For You, his buddy George Harrison came out with his version on the album All Things Must Pass.  The song would also become a huge hit for Olivia Newton John.

Speaking of George Harrison, his old band the Beatles have been covered more times than I can remember.  One of my favorites is Anne Murray's version of You Won't See Me, originally sung by Paul McCartney.  John Lennon called this his favorite Beatles cover.  I think the bass part gives Murray's version an upbeat feel, in spite of some very sad lyrics.

The last song Fleetwood Mac recorded with their founder Peter Green was The Green Manalishi.  In 1978, Judas Priest recorded their version for the album Killing Machine, which was released in the United States in 1979 under the title Hell Bent For Leather.

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