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#1 Post by loth » 06 Sep 2009 22:45

You know, lately i've been spending a lot of my time on youtube, and i came across many covers. Some of them were simply awful, some - the otherwise. People tend to say that the original is ALWAYS better than a cover, but just listen to Blind Guardian's "The Wizard" - without comparison better than the older version (in my opinion, at least), wouldn't you agree?

So, to say it shortly, please name covers better than original, if you belive it's possible :)
(yeah, maybe it's a lame topic, but i'm a newby here and have to start with somenthing :P)

several of mine:
The Wizard (Uriah Heep Cover) - by Blind Guardian
Rainbow in the dark (Dio cover) - J. Ahola
In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins cover) - Marco Hietala (musically worse, but I like vocal part)
Welcome Home (Metallica cover) by Apocalyptica (there's more passion in this version :) )
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#2 Post by somnia » 06 Sep 2009 22:51

Therion - Fly To The Rainbow
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#3 Post by Spectrum » 06 Sep 2009 23:04

IMO Deicide's version of "Black Night" is better than the original by Deep Purple. But this is, of couse, because I don't like really old rock/metal like Deep Purple.
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#4 Post by Joost » 06 Sep 2009 23:44

Today, I discovered Arjen Lucassen's Guilt Machine's cover of Leonard Cohen's The Stranger Song.

Pretty impressive.
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#5 Post by Led Guardian » 07 Sep 2009 05:02

Jimi Hendrix's cover of All Along the Watchtower is better than the Bob Dylan original.
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#6 Post by blind-man » 07 Sep 2009 11:18

Spectrum wrote:... I don't like really old rock/metal like Deep Purple.
You, my friend, are a fool. Just kidding :wink:.

Back to the topic, Joe Cocker's version of With a Little Help From My Friends beats the shit out of the original version by the Beatles.
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#7 Post by Orodaran » 07 Sep 2009 12:00

Elvenking - Heaven is a Place on Earth

Folk metal and violins beat '80's pop rythm and keys :P
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#8 Post by majesty » 07 Sep 2009 13:43

I like the version of My Sharona by HammerFall more than the original, it´s heavier :twisted: though many don´t like it.
Also Locomotive Breath by Helloween is better than the original (in my opinion).
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#9 Post by Joost » 07 Sep 2009 17:51

Judas Priest - Diamonds and Rust, and especially the brilliant version on Unleashed in the East, also beats the original (by Joan Baez). Still, the original version is pretty good too.

Some others...

Therapy? - Diane (original: Hüsker Dü)
Gary Jules - Mad World (original: Tears for Fears)
Pet Shop Boys - Go West (original: Village People)
Johnny Cash - Hurt (original: Nine Inch Nails)
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#10 Post by Palantyre » 07 Sep 2009 18:59

majesty wrote:I like the version of My Sharona by HammerFall more than the original, it´s heavier :twisted: though many don´t like it.
Hammerfall suck balls, try the Pink Cream 69 version instead. :P

Then there are all the covers from Machinae Supremacy.

Also, off the top of my head, Motörhead's cover of Sex Pistols' God Save the Queen kicks ass.
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#11 Post by Lord Borbak » 07 Sep 2009 19:05

Fuck Pink Cream 69, get the Destruction version
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#12 Post by corrupted old gnom » 07 Sep 2009 20:14

skyclad - emerald
(thin lizzy)
...actually, must covers from thin lizzy are better than the original ;)
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#13 Post by Andreas » 07 Sep 2009 21:45

majesty wrote:I like the version of My Sharona by HammerFall more than the original, it´s heavier :twisted: though many don´t like it.
Good boy.

Mine:
Until It Sleeps (Metallica Cover) - Apocalyptica
Angel Of Mercy (Chastain Cover) - HammerFall
När Vindarna Viskar Mitt Namn (Roger Pontare Cover) - HammerFall
Stripped (Depeche Mode Cover) - Rammstein
Das Modell (Kraftwerk Cover) - Rammstein
Power Of Thy Sword (Manowar Cover) - Rhapsody

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#14 Post by Twister » 08 Sep 2009 01:11

Ulver - Solitude (original by Black Sabbath)

It's the only cover that I would say it's better than the original.
I like many other covers, but the only covers I really enjoy are those that change completely the original song. So I don't put it the way "this is better than that", just "it's differently enjoyable".

But the way Ulver covered Solitude is just amazing, in my opinion.
Black Sabbath's version itself is amazing, but Ulver got that song and really expanded it in all its darker potential.
I loved the original version, but when I heard this cover, I was just "OMG, this is how it was really supposed to sound".

Perfectly fits the lyrics.
And that trumpet. Oh, that trumpet.
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#15 Post by Cerbere » 08 Sep 2009 04:48

Barbara Ann- Blind Guardian (original by beach boys)

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#16 Post by End Of An Era » 08 Sep 2009 10:52

Mr. Sandman - Blind guardian. original by pat ballard
Desert plains - Virgin Steele, original Judas Priest
Johnny B Goode - Judas Priest, original by Chuck Berry

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#17 Post by majesty » 08 Sep 2009 11:30

Andreas wrote:
majesty wrote:I like the version of My Sharona by HammerFall more than the original, it´s heavier :twisted: though many don´t like it.
Good boy.
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#18 Post by Joost » 08 Sep 2009 15:24

Twister wrote:Ulver - Solitude (original by Black Sabbath)

It's the only cover that I would say it's better than the original.
I like many other covers, but the only covers I really enjoy are those that change completely the original song. So I don't put it the way "this is better than that", just "it's differently enjoyable".

But the way Ulver covered Solitude is just amazing, in my opinion.
Black Sabbath's version itself is amazing, but Ulver got that song and really expanded it in all its darker potential.
I loved the original version, but when I heard this cover, I was just "OMG, this is how it was really supposed to sound".

Perfectly fits the lyrics.
And that trumpet. Oh, that trumpet.
It's a great cover, indeed, but I'm not sure I would call it better than the original. There are two versions of that song that both are fantastic, should it be necessary at all to say that one is better than the other? I'd rather just have both. :D
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#19 Post by Dentarthurdent » 09 Sep 2009 11:42

hm...

Van Canto - Fear of the Dark (Maiden cover)
Nickelback - Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (Elton John cover)
Blind Guardian - Don't Talk to Stranger (Dio Cover)
The Hooters - 500 Miles (traditional)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Ghostriders in the Sky (Johnny Cash Cover)
Sonata Arctica - Out in the Fields (Gary Moore cover)
Myself/Headdeatch - Crusader (Chris deBurgh Cover)
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#20 Post by Joost » 09 Sep 2009 16:17

Dentarthurdent wrote:Die Apokalyptischen Reiter - Ghostriders in the Sky (Johnny Cash Cover)
This song isn't originally by Johnny Cash. The original version was recorded in 1949 by Burl Ives.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4s7jJd8EjlA

I like the Johnny Cash version more than the Burl Ives version, so I guess I should include it. ;)
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#21 Post by Joost » 09 Sep 2009 16:31

Dentarthurdent wrote:Sonata Arctica - Out in the Fields (Gary Moore cover)
You can't be serious! The original by Gary Moore and Phil Lynott is so much better, with fantastic vocals and guitars and atmosphere. Sonata Arctica's version, on the other hand, features horribly annoying nasal vocals, and the great guitar leads largely replaced by annoying plastic-sounding keyboards.

Helloween's I Want Out seems almost a cover of this song too, btw.
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We all pursue our shattered dreams along the roads to our own ruin --
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#22 Post by Dentarthurdent » 09 Sep 2009 18:05

Joost wrote:
Dentarthurdent wrote:Sonata Arctica - Out in the Fields (Gary Moore cover)
You can't be serious! The original by Gary Moore and Phil Lynott is so much better, with fantastic vocals and guitars and atmosphere. Sonata Arctica's version, on the other hand, features horribly annoying nasal vocals, and the great guitar leads largely replaced by annoying plastic-sounding keyboards.

Helloween's I Want Out seems almost a cover of this song too, btw.
After listetning to both versions once again, I still like SA's version better.
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#23 Post by Palantyre » 11 Sep 2009 02:21

Andreas wrote: Power Of Thy Sword (Manowar Cover) - Rhapsody
I feel truly, sincerely sorry for you. :P
No, really, I know people have different tastes, but still... wtf?

Also, I agree with Joost about the Out In The Fields cover.

And to keep this message actually contributive to the topic, here's one better-than-original (as in, making a rather meh song into an enjoyable one) cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO7sTntruzg

EDIT: And since this topic is in the metal section: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhgS5EbnCb0
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#24 Post by End Of An Era » 11 Sep 2009 08:58

Palantyre wrote:EDIT: And since this topic is in the metal section: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhgS5EbnCb0
and you feel this is better than the original?? :?

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#25 Post by Joost » 11 Sep 2009 09:09

Palantyre wrote:Then there are all the covers from Machinae Supremacy.
These are important! :P

Original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXnT5NnHYEQ
Cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUbKARj110w

Original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsjKK_s_nyY
Cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtHYy8QcoMM
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#26 Post by Twister » 11 Sep 2009 09:45

Joost wrote:
Twister wrote:Ulver - Solitude (original by Black Sabbath)
It's the only cover that I would say it's better than the original.
IIt's a great cover, indeed, but I'm not sure I would call it better than the original. There are two versions of that song that both are fantastic, should it be necessary at all to say that one is better than the other? I'd rather just have both. :D
I so much agree with you, you know, about just having them both!
But the feeling I had listening that cover for the first time, it was just... chills :twisted:

What about Nevermore's Sound of Silence? I still can't understand if I like it or if I hate it for totally murdering the original song 8)
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#27 Post by Orodaran » 11 Sep 2009 09:47

Andreas wrote:Power Of Thy Sword (Manowar Cover) - Rhapsody
God, no.
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#28 Post by Twister » 11 Sep 2009 09:49

Orodaran wrote:Elvenking - Heaven is a Place on Earth
Agree, that cover is good... Still didn't appreciate that much Elvenking's acoustic album. In some songs I just can't help feeling they're just... aping Skyclad.

Liked Eluveitie's acoustic more, give it a try, it's free listen at their MySpace, and it has no growls, just female vocals :)
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#29 Post by Orodaran » 11 Sep 2009 10:05

I have The Arcane Dominion... and I still think that Two Tragedy Poets is awesome from start to finish :wink:
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#30 Post by Palantyre » 11 Sep 2009 10:27

End Of An Era wrote:
Palantyre wrote:EDIT: And since this topic is in the metal section: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhgS5EbnCb0
and you feel this is better than the original?? :?
Well, yeah, I do. Or more fun, at the very least.
Don't get me wrong, I love Purple, I just think they have loads of better songs than Smoke on the Water, which I frankly find a little bland.
Yeah, I know, I should've posted links to those too. Dunno why I didn't.
Here's one more, btw.
Original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SviuleJmXkQ
MaSu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGUqTa04Z6o
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#31 Post by Dentarthurdent » 11 Sep 2009 13:38

End Of An Era wrote:
Palantyre wrote:EDIT: And since this topic is in the metal section: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhgS5EbnCb0
and you feel this is better than the original?? :?
to be honest, that cover absolutely sucks. Sorry. You can't do that to Smoke on the Water. If I didn't know the original, I might like it. But that way... no.

What I like very much is Blackmore's Night version of Can't Help Falling in Love.

Oh, and the Jazzkantine version of I Was Made for Loving You is way hotter than the original:.
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#32 Post by Joost » 11 Sep 2009 17:30

How about this one? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn93UwAYpow

Somehow the lyrics fit together brilliantly with the cover version. :D
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#33 Post by Andreas » 11 Sep 2009 17:37

majesty wrote:
Andreas wrote:
majesty wrote:I like the version of My Sharona by HammerFall more than the original, it´s heavier :twisted: though many don´t like it.
Good boy.
sorry dude, I´m a girl :P
Damn. Happens to me a lot lately. Anyway, I'm sorry your majesty.

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#34 Post by End Of An Era » 11 Sep 2009 23:16

Andreas wrote:
majesty wrote:
Andreas wrote:Good boy.
sorry dude, I´m a girl :P
Damn. Happens to me a lot lately. Anyway, I'm sorry your majesty.
racism!!!! equal treatment!! blahblahblah! :P male is a boy, female is a queen?? wtf is that all about!?

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#35 Post by Edain » 12 Sep 2009 01:27

Not Metal but awesome: The Baseballs - Umbrella

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#36 Post by Andreas » 12 Sep 2009 02:07

End Of An Era wrote:
Andreas wrote: Damn. Happens to me a lot lately. Anyway, I'm sorry your majesty.
racism!!!! equal treatment!! blahblahblah! :P male is a boy, female is a queen?? wtf is that all about!?
Dunno sire.

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#37 Post by Wicked Child » 21 Sep 2009 15:05

Shitty 80's pop artist's "It's A Sin" covered by GAMMA RAY! Total kick ass version.
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#38 Post by majesty » 21 Sep 2009 15:07

Wicked Child wrote:Shitty 80's pop artist's "It's A Sin" covered by GAMMA RAY! Total kick ass version.
I like the version of The Petshop Boys more than the one by Gamma Ray but it´s a good cover though.
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#39 Post by CJones » 22 Sep 2009 01:37

I like the Alkemyst version of Eagle Fly Free better than the Helloween version.

Incidentally, Alkemyst - Through Painful Lanes (which is where this cover is from) is a grossly underappreciated power/prog album. My favorite from 2008.

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#40 Post by Bender B. Rodriguez » 22 Sep 2009 01:47

well i can understand that,Helloween is horrible.
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#41 Post by CJones » 22 Sep 2009 01:56

well i can understand that,Helloween is horrible.
You should hear the Bass Invaders version. It actually manages to be worse than the original.

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Re: Cover better than the original?

#42 Post by Dentarthurdent » 22 Sep 2009 12:53

CJones wrote:
well i can understand that,Helloween is horrible.
You should hear the Bass Invaders version. It actually manages to be worse than the original.
sorry, but you are wrong there.
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Re: Cover better than the original?

#43 Post by Gandalf de Grijze » 22 Sep 2009 16:57

The Pagan's Mind version of Hallo Spaceboy is one of those damn good examples where a cover is absolutely awesome.
They made their studioversion sound like David Bowie's live version.
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Re: Cover better than the original?

#44 Post by corrupted old gnom » 22 Sep 2009 20:46

Palantyre wrote:Then there are all the covers from Machinae Supremacy.
joost, you didn't list "giana sisters" 8)
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:shock: just had to check that song out - didn't know they covered it
it's not even that bad...but that's probably because manowar's original is just that damn good!
EDIT: eeek! the middle part is much weaker than the perfect original!
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#45 Post by Dentarthurdent » 22 Sep 2009 22:17

I think Knorkator's Jazzy version of Beating Around the Bush is also more entertaining then AC/DC's original.
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Re: Cover better than the original?

#46 Post by CJones » 23 Sep 2009 02:22

Dentarthurdent wrote:
CJones wrote:
well i can understand that,Helloween is horrible.
You should hear the Bass Invaders version. It actually manages to be worse than the original.
sorry, but you are wrong there.
Ugh... I thought I would like HellBassBeaters, as I'm a huge fan of bass (I even sing bass), but I hated it. This song in particular. For God's sake, the vocalist can't even hit all the notes. Why in God's name would you choose to do a cover that your vocalist can't even sing?

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#47 Post by Twister » 21 Oct 2009 20:43

Is it possible that nobody mentioned A Perfect Circle's version of John Lennon's Imagine?

When I first read they had done this cover I was like "blah, you blasphemers, you simply can't cover that", but I must say they did a good job.
No way it's "better" than the original: but suddenly I had the thought that Mr. Lennon would love it.
Because times are a little changed, now, since when John wrote the original song. By then, he might have had hope. Maybe, now, seeing how things have evolved, he would have written it this way.
It's like they got the song and... radically turned the original meaning, leaving the same lyrics.

So creepy!

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Re: Cover better than the original?

#48 Post by Aussie_Bard » 23 Oct 2009 16:41

Gamma Ray - Gamma Ray (Birth Control)
Gamma Ray - Look At Yourself (Uriah Heep)
Sodom - Surfin' Bird (The Trashmen)
Sodom - Don't Walk Away (Tank)
Hammerfall - Rising Force (Yngwie Malmsteen)
Nevermore - The Sound of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel)
Nightwish - Phantom of the Opera (Anthony Warlow)
Dragonland - The Neverending Story
Death - Painkiller (Judas Priest)
Devolved - Battery (Metallica)
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Re: Cover better than the original?

#49 Post by Lord Borbak » 23 Oct 2009 16:48

Twister wrote:Is it possible that nobody mentioned A Perfect Circle's version of John Lennon's Imagine?

When I first read they had done this cover I was like "blah, you blasphemers, you simply can't cover that", but I must say they did a good job.
No way it's "better" than the original: but suddenly I had the thought that Mr. Lennon would love it.
Because times are a little changed, now, since when John wrote the original song. By then, he might have had hope. Maybe, now, seeing how things have evolved, he would have written it this way.
It's like they got the song and... radically turned the original meaning, leaving the same lyrics.

So creepy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ktv2C9vnRKU
APC's version completely shits over the Lennon original one. I hate Lennon's ultimate hippie "hope" song. And besides it's a song that's been overplayed and burnt. But APC took that "hope" songs and made it so depressive and bitter. Magic.
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#50 Post by rdyfrde » 24 Oct 2009 19:27

Sonata Arctica - Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)

Way better than the original 8)
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