You see, covers songs are remarkably overrated. What I dig are the original versions of killers. If you dig deep enough you may find they’re sublimely different and often better than the cover versions.
This is not to discredit Otis Redding’s “Respect.” His version is absolutely incredible, but a clear difference exists between incredible and legendary. Aretha took that song and made it so. When Bob Dylan does All Along the Watchtower now he plays it like Jimi did. Even still, the original version of classic cuts often provide deeper insight, especially once one gets beyond the mystique or vocal talent. Frankly, some tunes are better in rough fashion. Some jams work best when they’re loose shambles before a slick producer gets his hands on it. Here’s to the authentic.
These songs were covered by Johnny Cash, The Clash, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Janis Joplin, Wilson Pickett and more.