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Topic: What a disappointment!
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Aug 30, 2019 10:49AM)
I just stumbled across a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Up Around The Bend" by Elton John.

I really, really like Elton John, but he should have left that song alone.

Some songs - including most by CCR - are best left to the original artist.

What a disappointment!
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Aug 30, 2019 10:58AM)
He also covered their "Travelin' Band".

Wow!

What I didn't know!

Another disappointment.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Aug 30, 2019 11:25AM)
Perhaps it was revenge against this:


[youtube]lul-Y8vSr0I[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Aug 30, 2019 11:42AM)
Elton John is such an amazing and creative artist. But yes there are some examples of songs that would have benefited from his not interpreting them.
Message: Posted by: magicfish (Aug 30, 2019 12:50PM)
Definitely extremely talented. Never been a big fan though.
Message: Posted by: Mr Salk (Aug 30, 2019 02:04PM)
I haven't listened to the CCR covers but I assume they're missing the Authentic-Grit.
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Aug 30, 2019 02:20PM)
Thanks for warning me. I definitely won’t be looking for those cover versions!

CCR songs should be left alone.

Can’t imagine Elton doing this justice:


[youtube]xMgKEh0lRMc[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: karnak (Aug 30, 2019 06:28PM)
Reminds me of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” as covered by Black Sabbath.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Aug 31, 2019 08:21PM)
Agreed, Mr. Salk. The Elton John version sounds like any grit was harmonized out.
Message: Posted by: motown (Sep 1, 2019 08:22PM)
Always liked Seger’s cover of Fortunate Son.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 1, 2019 09:28PM)
[quote]On Sep 1, 2019, motown wrote:
Always liked Seger’s cover of Fortunate Son.[/quote]
The third verse always bothered me; it should have been "[b][i]general's[/i][/b] son", not "[i]military[/i] son". It breaks the established pattern (being the son of a specific individual (senator, millionaire)), and it has the wrong number of syllables.

I'll have to listen to Seger's cover; I can imagine that it would be creditable.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 1, 2019 09:39PM)
It is great. I have always enjoyed the Silver Bullet Band. "Like a Rock" was the album I believe it was on is good work.

It is not going to fix your issues with military instead of general's son though. He sings military.

Which didn't bother me until now. So thanks for that.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 1, 2019 09:46PM)
[quote]On Sep 1, 2019, Dannydoyle wrote:
Which didn't bother me until now. So thanks for that.[/quote]
My mission here is complete.
Message: Posted by: motown (Sep 2, 2019 10:52AM)
[quote]On Sep 1, 2019, Dannydoyle wrote:
It is great. I have always enjoyed the Silver Bullet Band. "Like a Rock" was the album I believe it was on is good work.

It is not going to fix your issues with military instead of general's son though. He sings military.

Which didn't bother me until now. So thanks for that. [/quote]Danny, it’s on American Storm.
Message: Posted by: imgic (Sep 4, 2019 10:28AM)
I've been listening to "Coffee House Covers" station on Pandora radio. I have come to believe that any song can be improved with an acoustic guitar, slower tempo, and gravelly voice.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 4, 2019 11:02AM)
[quote]On Sep 4, 2019, imgic wrote:
I've been listening to "Coffee House Covers" station on Pandora radio. I have come to believe that any song can be improved with an acoustic guitar, slower tempo, and gravelly voice. [/quote]

Exceptof course for "Won't Get Fooled Again".
Message: Posted by: arthur stead (Sep 4, 2019 12:35PM)
Or "Smoke On The Water", "Gimme Some Lovin'" and many others ...
Message: Posted by: tommy (Sep 4, 2019 04:56PM)
To avoid disappointment always expect copies to be degrading.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Sep 5, 2019 09:17AM)
Shatner puffing on that coffin nail doing that recitation of Rocket Man was the stupidest thing I have ever saw.
Message: Posted by: S2000magician (Sep 5, 2019 09:54AM)
[quote]On Sep 4, 2019, imgic wrote:
I've been listening to "Coffee House Covers" station on Pandora radio. I have come to believe that any song can be improved with an acoustic guitar, slower tempo, and gravelly voice.[/quote]
Do you mean like this:

[youtube]WYzEIIx_KHg[/youtube]

?
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 5, 2019 11:06AM)
[quote]On Sep 4, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
Or "Smoke On The Water", "Gimme Some Lovin'" and many others ... [/quote]

I actually try to blot a lot of that out of my mind LOL.

Interestingly enough I once saw an interview with Pete Townsend who talked about the creative process of The Who. He was talking about one of the anthems they sang and mentioned how he had envisioned it as a balled and Roger turned it into a screaming anthem. I was at the time thinking THANK GOD he did!
Message: Posted by: imgic (Sep 6, 2019 07:52PM)
[quote]On Sep 4, 2019, Dannydoyle wrote:
[quote]On Sep 4, 2019, imgic wrote:
I've been listening to "Coffee House Covers" station on Pandora radio. I have come to believe that any song can be improved with an acoustic guitar, slower tempo, and gravelly voice. [/quote]

Exceptof course for "Won't Get Fooled Again". [/quote]

Actually Townsend did a killer acoustic versions of that song at The Secret Policemans Ball in 1979

[youtube]wNjczDq5D4E[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: imgic (Sep 6, 2019 08:01PM)
[quote]On Sep 4, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
Or "Smoke On The Water", "Gimme Some Lovin'" and many others ... [/quote]

No vocals, but some pretty fine guitar playing on this cover of “Smoke on the Water”

[youtube]2hGn6OgRpiA[/youtube]
Message: Posted by: imgic (Sep 6, 2019 08:12PM)
[quote]On Sep 4, 2019, arthur stead wrote:
Or "Smoke On The Water", "Gimme Some Lovin'" and many others ... [/quote]

I think you got me on “Gimme Some Lovin’” I couldn’t find a slow acoustic version (though I found video of Weird Al doing a cover of it)
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 6, 2019 08:22PM)
[quote]On Sep 6, 2019, imgic wrote:
[quote]On Sep 4, 2019, Dannydoyle wrote:
[quote]On Sep 4, 2019, imgic wrote:
I've been listening to "Coffee House Covers" station on Pandora radio. I have come to believe that any song can be improved with an acoustic guitar, slower tempo, and gravelly voice. [/quote]

Exceptof course for "Won't Get Fooled Again". [/quote]

Actually Townsend did a killer acoustic versions of that song at The Secret Policemans Ball in 1979

[youtube]wNjczDq5D4E[/youtube] [/quote]

Yep hated it. That was actually what I was referring to. Being fair I believe I once heard an interview with Townsend in which he mentions the song was originally intended more like this version until Roger got hold of it.

My favorite thing from Secret Policeman's ball is later in 2006. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqNl6Tc70M0
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 6, 2019 08:35PM)
Https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ao-iNPPUc

This is my favorite cover of Thunderstruck. Don't immediately click off.

Not necessarily musically my favorite but for innovation.
Message: Posted by: Tom Cutts (Sep 6, 2019 08:42PM)
[quote]On Sep 6, 2019, Dannydoyle wrote:
My favorite thing from Secret Policeman's ball is later in 2006. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqNl6Tc70M0 [/quote]
All that rehearsal time and no one bothered to tell him he was miming the slide guitar completely wrong? #PerformerFail
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Sep 6, 2019 09:32PM)
Not having been there I am not sure.

But consider this is not the first place he did that. He had done it for quite a while, which was why he was asked to do the show in the first place. So your point actually goes MUCH deeper than just the rehearsal.
Message: Posted by: imgic (Sep 7, 2019 12:27AM)
[quote]On Sep 6, 2019, Dannydoyle wrote:

Yep hated it. That was actually what I was referring to. Being fair I believe I once heard an interview with Townsend in which he mentions the song was originally intended more like this version until Roger got hold of it.

My favorite thing from Secret Policeman's ball is later in 2006. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqNl6Tc70M0 [/quote]

That was great.