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I have a hard time thinking it could be anything than the Hendrix version of All Along the Watchtower. This came to mind today as I was listening to the original, which really is a great song, too. But Jimi took it on, made it his own, and knocked it out of the yard.

Other nominees for best rock cover?
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Gotta say Blinded By The Light by Mannfred Mann because it turned a lot of people on to Bruce Springsteen. Hard to beat your selection though.
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Manfred Mann's cover of "Blinded By the Light"? I'm positive their lead singer had no idea what a Deuce was when he recorded it. I'm kidding- but that version's probably more famous than Bruce's original.

Gary Hoey did an awesome cover of Focus (by Hocus Pocus), but neither artist is probably famous enough to warrant a mention as "best".

Metallica did a good job on Bob Seger's "Turn the Page", but I still like the original better.

Santana's version of "Black Magic Woman" has got to be up there in the running.
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On 2010-06-15 01:12, EsnRedshirt wrote:
Manfred Mann's cover of "Blinded By the Light"? I'm positive their lead singer had no idea what a Deuce was when he recorded it. I'm kidding- but that version's probably more famous than Bruce's original.

Gary Hoey did an awesome cover of Focus (by Hocus Pocus), but neither artist is probably famous enough to warrant a mention as "best".

Metallica did a good job on Bob Seger's "Turn the Page", but I still like the original better.

Santana's version of "Black Magic Woman" has got to be up there in the running.
Durr, "Hocus Pocus", by Focus.

Bands should know better than to name songs to rhyme so well with their name. I actually set one of my illusions to the Gary Hoey version.
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What is tough is I don't always know if the version I like is the original...Hocus Pocus kills by the way.

A few I know are remade that I like are:

Marylyn Manson: Sweet Dreams (Manson has talent and is an artist)

Naked Eye: There is Always Something There to Remind Me

Elvis Costello: Whats So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding

The Who: Summertime Blues

Stevie Wonder: We Can Work It Out (top notch version if you can find it)
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I've got to agree with lobo again. Hendrix's watchtower is the contender until someone reminds us of something that we're just overlooking.

One might ponder the fact, however, that a lot of covers of Dylan tunes are better than the original. Dylan sure knows how to write good songs.

How about a vote for the worst cover of all time: Madonna's American Pie.

And here is a cover no one should miss: http://www.aprilwinchell.com/h/mp3/Ragnar.mp3
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On 2010-06-15 01:12, EsnRedshirt wrote:
Manfred Mann's cover of "Blinded By the Light"? I'm positive their lead singer had no idea what a Deuce was when he recorded it. I'm kidding- but that version's probably more famous than Bruce's original.

Gary Hoey did an awesome cover of Focus (by Hocus Pocus), but neither artist is probably famous enough to warrant a mention as "best".

Metallica did a good job on Bob Seger's "Turn the Page", but I still like the original better.

Santana's version of "Black Magic Woman" has got to be up there in the running.


Lots of great covers on that Metallica album. Off the top of my head, in particular, BOC's "Astronomy," Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone," Thin Lizzy's "Whiskey in the Jar," The Misfits' "Die Die My Darling"...

Another metal band that does amazing classic rock covers is Dream Theater. Unlike Metallica, though, they do more of an eerie job of sounding like the band they're covering. Zeppelin's "The Rover," Genesis' "Turn It On Again," Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers," and a whole bunch more. Metallica does the Hendrix thing - they really make the covers their own. I like both approaches.

Heart does a great job of covering Zeppelin (Rock & Roll, and The Battle of Evermore). Also, Great White's version of "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You."
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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It depends on the criteria. Van Halen's cover of The Kinks' You Really Got Me is way up there.
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That's another great one that had slipped my mind.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
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The Turtles pretty much made a career out of covering Dylan.
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The Turtles pretty much made a career out of covering Dylan.


I can't see me covering nobody but Dylan for all my liiiiiiiiiiiiiife
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VH also covered Pretty Woman

Here's one Aerosmith's Big Ten Inch Record
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Joe Cocker's (Mad Dogs and Englishmen) cover of the Boxtops The Letter.
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Ahhhh, Joe Cocker! With a Little Help from my friends is a great cover.
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I like the old old stuff. How about "I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate" by Madelene Peiroux, or "I want to tell you about Oh po pi do" by Trombone Shorty. These two New Orleans standards are so old that I can't even find the original version, boy am I old.
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I was just having this discussion with some friends a couple days ago.

I have to agree, Jimi's version of Watchtower ranks right up at the top of the list for me.

Here's some of my other favorites.

Led Zep did outstanding covers of Joan Baez's Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, the old gospel/blues song In My Time of Dying, Blind Willie Johnson's Nobody's Fault But Mine, and When the Levee Breaks (not sure of the original).

Train Kept a Rollin - Aerosmith, also covered by the Yardbirds, don't know who did the original.

Love Hurts - Nazareth, orig. by The Everly Brothers

The Black Crowes did a great live cover of Lennon's Jealous Guy

Feelin' Alright - Joe Cocker's version is way better than the original by Traffic, as is the live version by The Black Crowes.

Hard to Handle - The Black Crowes, Otis Redding orig.

I Thank You - ZZ Top, originally by Sam & Dave

Twist & Shout - The Beatles, also covered by the Isley Brothers, can't think who did the original.

Counting Crows did really good covers of Grateful Dead's Friend of the Devil and Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi.

Janis Joplin's covers of Me And Bobby McGee by Kris Kristofferson and Piece Of My Heart (orig. escapes me at the moment) are outstanding.

Not a huge Clapton fan, but his cover of Dylan's Knockin' on Heaven's Door is great.

Baby, Please Don't Go by Big Joe Williams has been covered quite a bit, my favorites are by Them (Van Morrison), Amboy Dukes (Ted Nugent), Aerosmith, and AC/DC.

Two of my favorites from Chris Duarte
Covering Dylan's One More Cup of Coffee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkpEM0AMNmQ

and Junior Kimbrough's Do the Romp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr9eb9mmDRE

Here's some that aren't necessarily better than the original but they are great covers.

Superstition - Stevie Ray Vaughan, original by Stevie Wonder

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)- SRV, Hendrix orig.

Jeff Healey did a great cover of the Beatles While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Helter Skelter - Aerosmith, Beatles orig.

War Pigs - Cake, original by Black Sabbath

Baby Don't You Do It - The Who, The Band, The Black Crowes, orig. by Marvin Gaye
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"Crossroads" by Cream, of the Robert Johnson original
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Hendrix's Watchtower is truly great. If we allow rock covers of blues songs, then Led Zeppelin's "When the Levee Breaks" is a definite contender.

And what about Jeff Buckley's exquisite cover of Cohen's "Hallelujah"?

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Placebo did an album of covers that I really liked. Among others -

Running up that Hill - Kate Bush
Where is my Mind? - The Pixies
Bigmouth Strikes Again - The Smiths
20th Century Boy - T.Rex
I Feel You - Depeche Mode

I always liked the Guns N Roses cover of Live and Let Die too
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