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This is different than "greatest cover" . . . show me the greatest LIVE footage of one artist covering another's tune.

For me, this is #1 in the clubhouse.  It slowly unfolds and just gets more grand as the song goes on.  It has everything . . . amazing core band featuring Bonzo's son, the Wilson sisters knocking it out of the park, Obama grooving, Yo Yo Ma grinning, Robert Plant crying, and then the Bonzo Choir at the end, all pulled off with incredibly good taste and phenomenal talent.  

 

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17 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

This is different than "greatest cover" . . . show me the greatest LIVE footage of one artist covering another's tune.

For me, this is #1 in the clubhouse.  It slowly unfolds and just gets more grand as the song goes on.  It has everything . . . amazing core band featuring Bonzo's son, the Wilson sisters knocking it out of the park, Obama grooving, Yo Yo Ma grinning, Robert Plant crying, and then the Bonzo Choir at the end, all pulled off with incredibly good taste and phenomenal talent.  

 

I don't even know who you are any more.  

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Hendrix watchtower, or star spangled banner if that counts.

Pearl Jam has done some great covers at shows. But to win this it has to be better than the original, which I don't think the PJ songs or OPs stairway version are.

Then again by the "better than the original" metric, every cover of a Dylan song ever would qualify.

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17 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

This is different than "greatest cover" . . . show me the greatest LIVE footage of one artist covering another's tune.

For me, this is #1 in the clubhouse.  It slowly unfolds and just gets more grand as the song goes on.  It has everything . . . amazing core band featuring Bonzo's son, the Wilson sisters knocking it out of the park, Obama grooving, Yo Yo Ma grinning, Robert Plant crying, and then the Bonzo Choir at the end, all pulled off with incredibly good taste and phenomenal talent.  

 

I really liked this, and had posted it in the Zep thread, but I think what made it so cool was that the 3 of them were there watching it, and you could see the emotion on their faces as they probably watched that epic tune being performed by someone else thinking “damn, that really is an awesome song.”

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2 hours ago, Steel Shank said:

Deej, this is badass.

Nobody rocked harder in an argyle sweater vest than Jimmy Page.

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I'm a big fan of Elliott Smith's cover of Hooray for Tuesday by the Minders. Definitely meets the criteria of being better than the original.

 

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13 hours ago, Mighty fine said:

May not rank among greatest live covers, but Townes Van Zandt covering Dead Flowers is my favorite

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Ok Jimmy, forgive me if I'm goin' off the rails here (pretty sure I am), but I just had to force this one in there b/c it's just so fucking good.  As much of an impression/impressions as a cover, but fuck it.  MF'er just fucking oozed talent...

 

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I'm also submitting this one for the intro alone. I don't know what effects he was running the guitar through but it was perfect:

 

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the first  I thought of was Joe Cocker's cover of With a Little Help from My Friends from Woodstock. It might not be the very best but it has to be top 5 and very iconic

 

 

 

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I could listen to the bass all day long...

Love the guitar solo midway, and I'm not even a smoker, but Stan makes it cool.

 

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4 hours ago, washparkhorn said:

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Cover of Patti Smith's Because the Night (Live in Houston '78) 

 

 

Good version, but Is it a cover if you wrote it?  Either way I'm partial to this one:

 

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11 hours ago, TexasHooch said:

Good version, but Is it a cover if you wrote it? 

 

You are right. From what I understand - Bruce wrote the music but couldn't come up with the lyrics. Patti got a demo tape of Bruce and penned the lyrics. Great song. And for Patti - the punk rock poet laureate - her only hit - not that it matters. 

And I love Natalie Merchant's voice . . . 

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14 hours ago, washparkhorn said:

You are right. From what I understand - Bruce wrote the music but couldn't come up with the lyrics. Patti got a demo tape of Bruce and penned the lyrics. Great song. And for Patti - the punk rock poet laureate - her only hit - not that it matters. 

And I love Natalie Merchant's voice . . . 

Natalie Merchant's voice is awesome. One of the most disappointing concerts I've been to was her in Austin ca. 2001. She was great but the crowd fucking sucked. Handful of incredibly drunk douchebags just ruined it. /csb

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I saw 10K Maniacs at Liberty Lunch back at the height of their popularity.  Natalie was in peak twirly form.  I wanted to reach out and trip her.

But, "Tigerlily" is a masterpiece.

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I'm gonna put this here, even though it's a bit outside the Surly norm.  This is blues guitarist Kingfish Ingram playing "Amazing Grace" at his mother's funeral.

Killer tone, absolutely stellar playing, and the emotional edge is unreal.  I dare anyone to hold back the allergies.  The guy is only 20 years old, and has apparently opened some for Jason Isbell, among others.

Sorry for the facebook link, it's all I could find:

 

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Pearl Jam 2008 - VH1 Rock Honors - The Who

Love, Reign O'er Me 

The Real Me

Both are great, but "The Real Me," is the gem.

 

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Besides the performance, the context of this cover makes it even cooler. If I recall correctly, Prince replaced Radiohead as the Coachella closer, and some Radiohead fans bitched. Prince gave them some Radiohead.

 

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