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Submit Date: 3/25/2012
Hangin' On The Telephone
from Nerves (1976)
There were several tracks I'd never heard the original version of until I decided to make this mix, and this is one - it's interesting how closely the Blondie version followed the original's arrangement, right down to the dial tone intro.
from New Train (1973)
This album was recorded in 1973, but didn't see proper release until 2000 - in 1977, Steve Miller heard it via it's producer and recorded his much more famous version.
Blinded By The Light
from Greetings From Ashbury Park, NJ (1973)
from Single (1964)
I pretty much always was aware that this was a cover, but didn't track down the original until recently when I started developing more of an interest in soul music.
Big Mama Thonrton
from Single (1952)
from Ednaswap (1995)
Even though the Natalie Imbruglia version didn't change the arrangement here that much, the original has this certain darker, more mysterious vibe that makes me enjoy it more.
from Rain Dogs (1984)
Maybe a debatable inclusion - it's one of the most well-known Tom Waits songs, but the Rod Stewart version had much more chart success (and was where I first heard it, though I was like 3 when Rain Dogs came out).
from No Dice (1970)
Generally when people cover this song, they actually cover Harry Nilsson's cover of it - as a result, the original can seem too low-key in comparison.
The Natural History
Don't You Ever
from People That I Meet (2004)
Another case of the cover version getting officially released before the original - Spoon covered it as "Don't You Evah" in 2007, the album was held up by label issues, and the first place you could hear the Natural History version was on Spoon's EP for "Don't You Evah".
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
from Unreleased (1979)
This never officially saw release, but the demo version is lurking around out there - it's extremely weird to hear it in a faster, more guitar-based arrangement with lyrics from a male perspective.
Not In Love
from Standing In The Dark (1984)
Now much more known for the semi-recent Crystal Castles/Robert Smith version.
from Deep Cuts (2002)
I was sort of on the fence about counting this or not - I'm not sure if the Jose Gonzalez version is *that* much more well-known than the original, though it had more chart success and got licensed a lot for tv, commercials, and movies.
from The Idiot (1977)
David Bowie co-wrote and co-produced this song, then did his own version 6 years later. If you've never heard the original, it's... well, not anything you could remotely imagine anyone turning into a danceable 80's hit. The much more abstract arrangement is what makes it so cool though.
The Man Who Sold The World
from The Man Who Sold The World (1970)
(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me
from The Windows Of The World (1967)
Okay, I'm fudging things a little here: Dionne Warwick was the first to record the song - however this is not that unreleased version, but a rendition she did a few years later. Anyway, this has been covered a lot, but in the US the synth pop rendition by Naked Eyes was the most popular.
All Along The Watchtower
from John Wesley Harding (1967)
from Big Harvest (1989)
I personally didn't know Eddie Vedder's version (from the Into The Wild soundtrack) was a cover until the original got posted on an mp3 blog.
The Lover Speaks
No More "I Love You"s
from The Lover Speaks (1986)
from Various Positions (1985)
Jeff Buckley's version was based off John Cale's, and the majority of subsequent covers are in turn based off Jeff Buckley's.
I Will Always Love You
from Jolene (1974)
Dolly Parton's version was very successful on it's own on the country charts, of course, but nowadays you almost always hear the Whitney Houston version instead. Houston's death seems to have done even more to cement hers as the "definitive" version.
A mix of songs that are more well-known for cover versions. Heavily inspired by TV Tropes' "Covered Up" page.
Great idea for a mix! and great song choices as well!
Ah yes, Gloria Jones is the iconic example. Nice work.
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