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Old 09-17-2010, 04:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Down From Dover

written by Dolly Parton in the early 60's (when she ruled the world)...but her producer would not let her record it...saying no radio station would ever play a song like this and it would ruin her career.....she finally recorded it and it was released on her 1970 album 'The Fairest of Them All'.... according to Dolly this is one her most requested songs when performing live....and in my opinion is one of the greatest examples of story telling in song there is


Dolly Parton - The Fairest Of Them All - 1970

in 1972 Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood got back together and recorded their second duet album 'Nancy & Lee Again'....they recorded the first cover of this amazing song....but adding the male perspective to a horrible situation....Hazelwood's almost gruff and uncaring voice and almost monotone vocal delivery is perfect for a man who abandons his pregnant lover....and Nancy really brings forth the emotional nightmare... especially at the end when she practically breaks into tears...the light almost 'groovy' music i feel just adds to the atmosphere of the song....this version was sampled in 2004 by The Go! Team


Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood - Nancy and Lee Again - 1972

in 1993 shock/noise artist Boyd Rice (NON, Wold Pact, Boyd Rice and Friends) and the beautiful Rose McDowall (Strawberry Switchblade, Current 93, Death In June, Sorrow) got together after touring Japan together and decided to create a concept band called 'Spell'...in which they both express...in their own special way...their love for old pop songs....one of the covers they did on their only album 'Season In the suN' was a cover of Nancy and Lee's duet cover of Dolly Parton's heart wrenching song.....this was the first version of this song i had ever heard.....and since Rose's voice already puts me near cloud 9....after paying attention to the lyrics i was really taken back....and thus had to hear the original(s)


Spell - Seasons In the suN - 1993

in 2008 60's pop icon Marianne Faithful released a cover album called 'Easy Come, Easy Go'...which contains all kinds of great covers from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to Morrissey to Neko Case...but it opens with a cover of Dolly's 'Down From Dover'....with her somewhat 'weathered' voice...and adding a bit or intensity to the music....this shows the haunting nature of this song....and i think also shows its lasting ability


Marianne Faithful - Easy Come Easy Go - 2008

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so sorry i forgot to rank them!

Dolly Parton takes the cake and is the bees knees
Spell comes in second...mainly because i love both Boyd and Rose
Nancy & Lee in third just for their matter of fact approach at the subject
Marianne Fathful in forth...well because i could only find four covers
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Old 09-17-2010, 06:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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House of the Rising Sun

covers:

1. animals!



i honestly believe this performance is the rubric for musical perfection.

2. frijid pink



the darker/fuzzier versions of this song are best!

3. leadbelly



this one's kinda fun though

4. cat power



this one was between cat power/joan baez/nina simone/dolly/dylan but i've got a soft spot for chan plus it's a more interesting version



i ****ing love this song
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:33 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Dear bob. and crushedblind,
you two were sent from heaven. Wonderful posts. A+

VEGAN, excellent contributions. Even though seeing Hilary and Haylie Duff in a 2nd place position in this thread made my eyes bleed, you're Red Red Wine more than made up for it.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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someone should probably rank covers of Helter Skelter. I'll start it by putting Motley Crue at #1. You can continue from there.
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Old 09-17-2010, 08:55 PM   #15 (permalink)
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1. animals!



i honestly believe this performance is the rubric for musical perfection.
Always have loved and agree with placing.
I don't know why but I just by listening to this song for a long time and not actually seeing the frontman, I had always pictured him to be 7 foot tall, in his 40s, and missing some teeth. I can't believe such power can come from such a pipsqueak. I'm in love with him.

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2. frijid pink



the darker/fuzzier versions of this song are best!
Loved. Thank you.

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this one's kinda fun though
Loved. Thank you.
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Old 09-17-2010, 09:28 PM   #16 (permalink)
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that leadbelly version is ****ing amazing!....

and the cat power version was also great.....i have to agree with omitting Dolly....her version is somewhat cheap and way to happy

and thank you flower child
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that leadbelly version is ****ing amazing!....

and the cat power version was also great.....i have to agree with omitting Dolly....her version is somewhat cheap and way to happy

and thank you flower child
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"Time After Time"

The Original


First it was a number 1 hit for Cyndi Lauper, co-written by Lauper and Rob Hyman of The Hooters it has become a multi genre classic.



The Best

For my money the best version is by Miles Davis from his "Your Under Arrest" album.



Second Place

"Time After Time" was recorded by Cassandra Wilson for her tribute to Miles album called "Travelling Miles".



Third Place

One of the most beautiful voices belonged to Eva Cassidy, here she is singing "Time After Time" live.



Honorable Mention

Honorable mention goes to The Hooters since one of their members co-wrote the song with Cyndi Lauper, her original version I would place in 4th or 5th place.












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VEGAN, excellent contributions. Even though seeing Hilary and Haylie Duff in a 2nd place position in this thread made my eyes bleed, you're Red Red Wine more than made up for it.
Well, it was only because I thought they did better than that Heller person singing "Material Girl."

And they're just so cute!



(Now your eyes will REALLY bleed! )

They might have improved their version of the song by growling it...but, oh well, not everyone is a good growler.
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Some Velvet Morning


Original version by Lee Hazzlewood and Nancy Sinatra:


Haunting and bizarre, almost circus-like. I find that the ending is a bit off, but it's a classic nonetheless.

1. Slowdive


This cover captures the essence of the song beautifully. The sound is rich and full and it's all ethereal and never ending just like shoegaze/dream pop should be.

2. Starpower


This one gets second place because they didn't get rid of that bloody ending. It was a tough call but I had to do it. The orchestral arrangements on this are spot on and it gets rather chaotic, which is amazing.

3. Primal Scream


Completely different approach. Much more hypnotizingly lustful.

4. Beloved Enemy


Apparently a German Gothic Metal band. In any case, I wasn't expecting the lad to start singing like that at all, found it a pleasant cover, rather powerful.
Let's say these last two are tied.
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