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I love covers. A few of my favorites:

 

Dar Williams - Comfortably Numb

Jack Johnson - Badfish

Aimee Mann - One (the 3 dog night song; not U2)

Jeffrey Gaines - In Your Eyes

Damien Rice - Creep

Neil Young - Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues

Eddie Vedder - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

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Discarding the obvious answer (anything by Joe Cocker :worship ) here's 10 that come to mind:

 

Phish - Crosseyed and Painless (Talking Heads)

Beatles - Twist and Shout (Isley Bros)

Grateful Dead - Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson)

Jeff Beck - Cause We've Ended As Lovers (Stevie Wonder)

Cream - Spoonful (Willie Dixon)

Steven Stills (w/ Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper) - Season of the Witch (Donovan)

King Crimson - Mars (from the "Planet Suite") - Gustav Holst

Roxy Music - Like a Hurricane (Neil Young)

SRC - In the Hall of the Mountain King (Grieg)

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Who Do You Love? (Ellis McDaniels)

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Dixie Chicks - Mississippi

Byrds - Eve Of Destruction

Monkees - Steppin Stone

Steve Earle - State Trooper

Southside Johnny/Little Steven - Like A Virgin

Elvis Costello - What's So Funny About About.....

Mike Wilhelm - Junco Partner

Otis Redding - Satisfaction

Springsteen - Bells Of Rhymny

E.Clapton - Cocaine/After Midnight

Stones - early Don Covay etc covers

Lots of Yo La Tengo

Lots of Belle & Sebastian

 

Could go on for the rest of the day

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Every time this thread comes around (again), I have to plug the Posies, the kings of the cover version (and damn fine songwriters in their own right).

 

Their version of the Germs' "Richie Dagger's Crime" is still an all-time favorite of mine. They've also done great versions of "Ooh Child," "Surrender," "Song of the Baker," "Every Christian Lionhearted Man Will Show You," "Lady Friend," "What the World Needs Now," "I Am the Cosmos," a slew of Big Star songs, and many others.

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Que Sera, Sera - Sly & The Family Stone

A Hazy Shade Of Winter - Bangles

Take Me Home, Country Roads - Toots & The Maytalls

Eight Miles High - H

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A few favorites:

 

Nina Simone- "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"

Dinosaur, Jr.- "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better"

GD- "Visions of Johanna"

Townes Van Zandt- "Dead Flowers"

Black Crowes- "Silver Train," "Torn & Frayed"

Phish- "Loving Cup"

Jerry Joseph- "Come Together"

JGB- "The Maker," "Tangled up in Blue," "Shining Star"

Ween- "All of my Love"

Jane's Addiction- "Ripple"

Stones- "Just My Imagination"

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"I Want You To Want Me" - Dwight Yoakam

 

works surprisingly well. And just goes to prove that a great song is a great song, no matter what genre you shoehorn it into.

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A few favorites:

 

Nina Simone- "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"

Dinosaur, Jr.- "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better"

GD- "Visions of Johanna"

Townes Van Zandt- "Dead Flowers"

Black Crowes- "Silver Train," "Torn & Frayed"

Phish- "Loving Cup"

Jerry Joseph- "Come Together"

JGB- "The Maker," "Tangled up in Blue"

Ween- "All of my Love"

Jane's Addiction- "Ripple"

Love your choices. I'll have to look for these 2. Jerry Joseph doing Come Together sounds like a good idea :thumbup

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Jerry Joseph doing Come Together sounds like a good idea :thumbup

I've only heard him do it in the middle of "Big Things," usually adding a very nice and melodic verse or two of The Beach Boys' " Wouldn't it be Nice" to the tail end of "Come Together" before heading back into "Big Things."

 

 

ed. Here's a youtube version of the Dino, Jr. cover:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZKXRpcFcUY

 

And here's my favorite version of Jerry Joseph and the Jack Mormons doing the "Big Things-> Come Together- Wouldn't it be Nice-> Big Things" live two years ago at Egos in Salt Lake City (off of archives):

http://ia301124.us.archive.org/3/items/jjj...15d1t02_vbr.mp3

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the obvious answer (anything by Joe Cocker :worship )

 

+1!!!

 

I'm also partial to Me First And The Gimme Gimmes.

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