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Lordathestrings
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Lordathestrings
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07/27/2003 2:57 am
I think the ultimate cover is the Jimi Hendrix version of "All Along The Watchtower", written by Bob Dylan. Dylan has actually signed over the copywright royalties to Hendrix's estate, in recognition of that version's acceptance by the public. :) Now that's kewl!

At the other end of the scale, there's most of the covers that are out there. Cheez-fests, most of 'em, from Lenny Kravitz's farcical "American Woman" to Metallica's embarassing travesty of "Whiskey In The Jar"! :p I would like to think that bands are trying to pay tribute to artists they draw inspiration from, but too often I'm sure the result actually offends the original.

There are some outstanding exceptions, though. The Bangles actually did a very good job with "Hazy Shade Of Winter", an old Paul Simon tune. It's just too bad that the good ones seem to be the exception. People who don't know the old music miss out on things like the original version of "I Think We're Alone, Now", and yes, I think the new version is a steaming turd. :p
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