ReR Recommends – Covers for a Friday

I don’t find too many covers that are as good as the original, but some are certainly commendable.  I enjoy listening to a unique spin on a song. Even the voice of the artist or an acoustic version can change a song completely. Take some time out of your work day to listen to a few of my favorite covers. It’ll be 5:00 in no time.

1)  “All Along The Watchtower” – Jimi Hendrix

Originally written by Bob Dylan, Jimi’s version took the song to a whole  different level. In 1968, the song was ranked as 47th in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

“I liked Jimi Hendrix’s record of this…  Strange how when I sing it, I always feel it’s a tribute to him in some kind of way.” – Bob Dylan

2)  “Hey Ya”-  Obadiah Parker

Prime example of how a low-key,  acoustic version can take this OutKast hit and transform it into an indie song.

3) “I Shot The Sheriff” – Eric Clapton

Although Clapton’s recording became the most successful version of this song,  it can’t top the original from Bob.

4) “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” – Led Zeppelin

This is a cover that I must say is better than the original, without a doubt.

5) “Smile Like You Mean It” – Tally Hall

Watch out, Killers.

As a bonus, I had to throw this in. Now that this song is over played on every mainstream radio station, I change the channel. There’s no denying this version is awesome, though. Honestly, I think it’s better. How could it not be?

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