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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Update - Blogger DJ's Salute to Neil Diamond Has Jumped the Rails

[ Friday, February 8

Let me atone for the fact that I'd covered this ground before, and not so long ago, by citing yet another cover, this being English Beat's terrific reinterpretation of Andy Williams' Can't Get Used to Losing You.  ]

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and become a discussion of covers.

Couldn't find a cover of Cherry Cherry, but lots of folks have tried their pipes and axes on I'm a Believer, like The Monkees and Smashmouth (although the latter's version strikes me as being a cover of The Monkees' cover).

Some covers are distinct, inventive reinterpretations, like UB40's reggae rendition of  Red Red Wine. Or Amy Winehouse's acoustic cover of The Shirelles' Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Or Tom Rush's vibrant uptempo version of James Taylor's Something in the Way She Moves. Or Harry Nillson's hyper-romantic cover of Badfinger's Without You.

That's not to say that covers which cleave to the original are necessarily inferior, for Chris Isaak's rendition of Solitary Man is palpably moving. Tom Rush's cover does not demean Joni Mitchell's Urge for Going by comparison. Not sure if I can say the same for The Tremeloes' exuberant cover of Cat Steven's Here Comes my Baby.