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Darren J. Ray

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Gold - Temptation (The Everly Brothers - 1961)
#1 in the UK (for four weeks), #4 in Australia, #12 in Canada and #27 in the US. Wonder if the votes will reflect that. Wouldn’t be in my Top 40 Ev songs but it’s exciting and the arrangement rocks. It was Don's idea to do it. The backing is The Anita Kerr Singers. Plus I like the Bing version too (and knew it first).

Silver - They Can’t Take That Away from Me (Brian Wilson - 2010)
One of my faves from an enjoyable album.

Bronze - Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Paul McCartney - 1988)
Think I prefer Willie’s straight cover.

Participant - Fever (The McCoys - 1965)
Not inspired to play this on high rotation.



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RIP Scotty Moore, 84

I believe that leaves just DJ Fontana remaining from the early Elvis hits as, along with Bill Black, those Jordanaires have all passed too. (The last, Gordon Stoker, passed in 2013.) 


(Gold in Week 25 of Season IV, 5th in Gold Play-Off - snoops71)
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in the light of the departure of the great scotty moore,
here's john cale's interpretation of that early elvis hit.
whether with the vu a, as a duo with lou reed,
a thrashing young punk band,
or solo with just a piano,
cale has made given me some of the most intense, brilliant live experiences i've experienced:
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One more from Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo: Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby"




The Residents, the anonymous, weirdo American band, released The Third Reich 'n Roll in 1976. Each side is an extended mix of covers, some recognizable, some not. (They may have been kidding about "Heroes and Villains" which is extremely difficult to find at the end of side 1.)

The track list as it supposedly appeared on their website in 1997 (the sequence is reliable but the times don't seem to be):
  1. Swastikas On Parade (17:30)
  2. Hitler Was A Vegetarian (18:27)
Side 1: (album cover includes creepy imagery)



Side 2: (album cover includes creepy imagery)




And lest we forget:

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Just about everything Billie Holiday sang sounds re-imagined. These are some of the standards she recorded in the 1950s for Verve Records.





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This is the soul medley on Todd Rundgren's A Wizard, a True Star LP. The first 3 songs are played pretty straight, but it's the last song, a cover of the Capitols "Cool Jerk", that I believe (and those more musical than I can correct me) has been reimagined from the 4/4 time of the original, into 7/4 time(?). "Cool Jerk" begins at the 8 minute mark:



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My votes.

Gold - Paul McCartney
Silver - The Everly Brothers
Bronze - Brian Wilson
Tin - The McCoys




Not a cover but a stunning remix

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Jimi Hendrix, a well-known re-imaginer. It was startling to hear these on the radio after the Leaves and the Troggs made them hits.

"Wild Thing"



"Hey Joe"



He also did something with a certain national anthem.
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My votes:

GOLD -- Paul McCartney, Don't Get Around Much Anymore -- I got this LP in the late 80s, and while I haven't played it or any other vinyl in years, I do remember there's a couple of decent covers on it. Such as this.

Quote:
McCartney can do no wrong... well maybe, but let's not talk about it.


Got that right, NotJermia. Ix-nay on the ong-wray. (There's been enough of that - oy vey!)


SILVER -- Brian Wilson, They Can't Take That Away From Me -- Alas, not quite Gold because I agree with John B's comment. The "wop (x 5) bidadi dadi" section shifts it from a fun cover of a romantic charmer to a cornball kiddie cover. 

BRONZE -- The Everly Bros., Temptation -- Wasn't familiar with this, but nice enough to do no worse than third place. 

TIN -- The McCoys, Fever -- Gotta admit Cindy was on to something. The instrumental track is too similar to "Hang On Sloopy". You'd almost think they slapped a different vocal track over the same backing.  

Thanks, t. As holiday Friday for Canada Day winds down, I'll throw on that "certain national anthem" Larry referred to for the holiday Monday for all you folks down there. Play ball!: 




Strange how it somehow reminds me of the artistic liberties Bleeding Gums Murphy gave it (note the 26 minute length on the digital clock):




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Gold - Everleys
Silver - Macca
Bronze - McCoys
Tin - BW - sorry, love the song but dislike this arrangement. 

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A time to vote, at last.  I bantered about this at the beginning of the week as how to go with it and the votes changed in my mind, without reading anyone else here - so here goes something/nothing/anything - my votes:

Gold - The Zehringer brothers and company (thought they were from Ohio, t, as they are so prominent in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame section of Ohio bands/performers in Cleveland (also, see below).  And by the way, folks (to test if people do really read others here - The Beach Boys' section at R and R HOF is quite uninspiring and compared to other BIG acts such as Elvis, the Beatles and the Stones, the Beach Boys section is weak, to say the least.

THEY (The McCoys) reimagined it and Sloopyized it enough to have that trash can drum sound drive it (would love to hear Guitar Fool, Craig's thought on this - like the drums in Monster Mash, REALLY loose and behind the beat). So, I stepped outside the box saying that THEY reimagined the song best to their way of playing.  Yes, okay, Sloopy continued.

I'm going to step out of line just a bit as I'm always trying to figure out how an artist does what they do.  I was ALWAYS a fan of Lil Green (who most people wouldn't even know) and Peggy Lee got the hit on Why Don't You Do Right in the 50's.  So Peggy was a reimaginer in her own way.  Many are trying to get this song their own and here is Lana DR trying her take on it.  Does it work?  You figure. 

Also, I'm a Cleveland sports fan (don't really live there) and especially Browns (not a LOT to cheer about) but this is a song always played during a Browns game and the entire stadium gets into it and reacts.  Since the Cavs won this year - here it is at Quicken Loans version instead: O-H-I-O is always chanted and spelled (like YMCA).  So it's a Cleveland sports anthem.

Get Sloopy:


Silver - This week goes to Brian and the band where they took on something quite challenging and made it his and their own.  Congratulations to Paul von-Mertens and how he got this concept and ran with it.  This version, complete with the buggedy (x4) shoop really swings.

Note how after Fred gets through the interesting intros (that more or less set up the song) he begins to sway and swing to the verse in Shall We Dance to the great dance number to follow in Barkleys:

Live Brian and company get it going - they did reimagine it:


Bronze - I almost bought the B00t (yes we still do that here after the good old days here at the Blueboard - remember?).  I almost plunked down some serious cash on the original CCCP album when it came out, but resisted and thankfully did.  It was an interesting mix of tunes and in tribute to Scotty Moore, although not highly reimagined, works better

Sir Macca is still out doing it!

LOVE Sir Duke's music by the way.

Tin to the Everly's version of this song, which I never heard before, this version nor Der Bingle's.  I was going to post the Bing version clip, but Darren beat me to it.  The song is good but an oddy. 

Can we just go the Cleverly Brothers covering the Everly's?


GREAT week, t, and not of knock-offs either.  You did some thinkin' and research



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Fascinating battle this week, t -- revisiting older songs that were freshly remade or reinterpreted, and not just "faithful" versions of old songs. I guess that rules out Todd Rundgren's fascinating Faithful album from 1976, featuring his remarkably "faithful" version of Brian and the Beach Boys' pocket symphony classic "Good Vibrations":


My votes this week:

Gold -- "They Can't Take That Away from Me", Brian Wilson. I simply love Brian's very personal tribute album to the music of George Gershwin, including this delightful song.

Silver -- "Temptation", Everly Brothers. Not one of their big classics, but still with the classic trademark Everly harmonies, and an interesting up-tempo song by these legends of harmony.

Bronze -- "Don't Get Around Much Any More", Paul McCartney. Ever since he first went solo, I would always purchase nearly every new Paul McCartney album soon after it was released. But this was an exception, in that it was an album of covers by early rock and roll and R&B artists. Seemed to me, it was largely a filler album and one I passed on. I did purchase John Lennon's Rock & Roll album in the mid-70s, similarly filled with all early rock and roll covers, but it was mostly a disappointment to me too. I wanted the original stuff by these two premier songwriters of their era after they had become famous, and not just a bunch of oldies covers. That said, this song is OK, but nothing special to me.

Tin -- "Fever", McCoys. This one seemed like a desperate ploy to ride the heels of their big debut hit, "Hang On, Sloopy". The opening section is nearly identical to the start of "Sloopy", as are other parts of the song, and made me feel like they were already running short of original material after their excellent debut hit. I will give the song credit for being distinctly different than the more famous earlier version by Peggy Lee.

Here's a few other popular cover versions of songs that are distinctly different than the original versions:

Cream's powerful and distinctly different blues rock interpretation of Robert Johnson's old acoustic blues nugget:


And, considering George Gershwin's music in this week's battle reminded me of this distinctively different hit interpretation of his lovely ballad "Summertime" from Porgy & Bess, as recorded by Billy Stewart in the mid-1960s:


More recently, Boz Scaggs recorded a lovely, slowed down, ballad version of Tyrone Davis' soul classic "Can I Change My Mind", from Scaggs' excellent 2013 album, Memphis:


While we're thinking of "Can I Change My Mind", here's a distinctly different jazzy, blues rock version by the late Roy Buchanan from his excellent live album Live Stock:


And, from Boz Scaggs, one more delightfully laid back version of the much covered "Corrina, Corrina", also from his Memphis album:
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Two well-known examples of Dylan redone more appropriately for AM radio:

The Turtles, "It Ain't Me Babe", 1965



The Byrds, "All I Really Wanna Do", 1965



The Talking Heads perform Al Green's "Take Me to the River" in their distinctive way (Stop Making Sense, 1984):



The Used do the Talking Heads: "Burning Down the House", Covered: A Revolution in Sound compilation, 2009



Blue Cheer, "Summertime Blues", Vincebus Eruptum, subject of schoolyard discussion in 1968



Finally, the 1959 two-sided hit from Dion & the Belmonts: "Where or When" (Rodgers & Hart, 1937) b/w "That's My Desire" (Kresa & Loveday, 1931)



Thanks for the interesting week, t.
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   SEASON 7  WEEK 19...Reimagination Week..


           1)The Everlys......Hard to knock these guys


           2)Paul McCartney....Does a decent version of this cover


           3)Brian Wilson.......Its done quite well ,i'm just not crazy about the song


           4)The McCoys.....  Sounds a lot like Hang on Sloopy so points of for that .Not sure which came first 


                                             Votes are in t
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Thanks to Darren, David, Lisa, Pete, Al, Tom, and Verden for the additional votes. Only 3 points currently separate the top 3 entries, so GOLD is anybody’s guess. Let’s just say it probably won’t be the McCoys. All acts have been awarded at least one of all 4 medals.

Thanks to all for additional video.

Darren for posting ‘der Bingle’, even if it’s a snoozer compared to the Ev’s. Speaking of Hayseed Dixie, anyone post any Dread Zeppelin yet?

paul for the underappreciated John Cale.

Larry, I own Third Reich & Roll on vinyl, and never thought of it.

And speaking of the McCoys....here’s the ORIGINAL Hang On Sloopy track as cut by NYC Brill Building songwriters/producers Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, and Richard Gottehrer (also known for being Australia’s the Strangeloves). Long story short, the Strangeloves were sharing a bill with the Dave Clark 5, and Rick (Zehringer) and the Ravens (among others). Dave Clark saw that “Sloopy” was working big time for the Strangeloves, and told them he would record it when he got back to England. As it was planned to be the Strangeloves next release, and since they still had a record on the charts, they got Rick & the Ravens (now renamed the McCoys) to re-record over their original track, in order to rush release it, before Dave Clark 5 could cover it.



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