Lesser known versions of songs better than the popular versions

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  1. Mike McK

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    I'm updating my live365.com station right now and I've just added CS&N's cover of "Everybody's Talking", which most people know as done by Harry Nilsson and the original version of "Southerm Nights" by Alan Toussaint, as opposed to Glen Campbell's more popular cover.

    Both of these songs, I think, are far better than the popular versions that everyone knows.

    Can you think of any lesser known versions of songs that are better than the more well known versions?

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    Lyle Lovett's "Friend of the Devil" (I never really liked the "American Beauty" record. The Dead were a live band)

    Marty Stuart's "Cry Cry Cry"

    Ever heard Yes doung Simon & Garfunkle's "America" ?

    Stevie Wonder's "Blowin' in the Wind"

    Gregg Allman's" version of the Beatle's "Rain"
     
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    I do like Marty Stuart's version of that song. He was Johnny Cash's guitarist for a lot of years and has covered a bunch of his songs. "Hey Porter" and "Ways of a Woman in Love" are good, too.

    What album is "Rain" on?

    Another good one is Manfred Mann's "Fox on the Run". Much better than Tom T. Hall's version or the Country Gentlemen's.

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    Johnny Cash, "Hurt." Beats Trent Reznor's version (whom I can't stand anyway).

    Greg X. Volz (former lead of Petra), "Dream on" (his pipes are just suited for that song); happily replaces Steven "inflate lips to 40 PSI" Tyler's version.
     
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    What album is "Rain" on?

    On disc 4 of the Allman Bro's boxed set.
     
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    Absolutely. As much as I love that song now, I never really thought much about it until I saw the video. The video was overwhelming.

    That's from "I Come Out Fighting", right? That was the first Christian rock record I ever owned and I actually liked that more than most of the things he did with Petra.

    I'd give anything to have that one again.

    OK. I have a ton of their albums but not the box set.

    Originally posted by Magnetic Poles:

    That's funny. I've got a thing for 70's one hit wonders and I would never have thought that anybody else would remember that song.

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    Y'all ain't heard nothin' 'til y'all listen to Bob Will's and His Texas Playboys versions of Take the A Train or Basin Street Blues. They don't call Uncle Bob the King of Texas Swing for nothin'. Those cats were hot.
     
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    Thanx for that, Squire. I agree, Bob Wills set the standard, knew what he wanted, and knew who would deliver the goods.

    BTW, did you know he was a fundy Baptist preacher before being the leader of the best big band of all time ? He also sold insurance, and was a barber for a short time.
     
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    Hard to believe, since he was notorious for showing up to gigs so loaded that they'd have to prop him up on a stool.

    Some nights it was all they could do to get his signature "Ahhhh-Haaaaa" out of him.

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    I wonder how many people know that the version of James Taylor's song, "Carolina in My Mind" that was released as a single is completely different from the version that appears on the album.

    The album (lesser known) version is much better. Whereas the popular version of the song is very soft, very acoustic, the album version is much more orchestrated and has a heavy British Invasion sound to it.

    It sounds like it would be much more at home on a Beau Brummels album or a Hollies album than James Taylor.
     

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