Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Musical Monday; original or cover?

Ok, it is Tuesday. Damn Christmas.

Read the book before you see the movie. Normally the movie won't be as good as the book. Not always the case though. A couple of books and tv series immediately come to mind where the screen version was better, Flame Trees of Thika and Fortunes of War. I am sure there are many examples of tv shows and movies that could be argued, book or movie/tv series.

But let us have a look at songs. With no objectivity at all, this is an ongoing series, for three weeks at least, where I reckon cover versions are superior to the original recordings by the artists who wrote and performed the original. My three examples cover at least three generations.

We will start and end with Aussie performers. This week it is The Beatles versus the Australian band ZOOT performing Eleanor Rigby.

Beatles.


ZOOT.


20 comments:

  1. A very different take on a song which has always haunted me (perhaps because I so easily could become Eleanor Rigby). Both versions have merits. I am going to risk splinters and sit on the fence today.

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    1. EC, I kind of connect Eleanor with Miss Havisham. Bit weird perhaps.

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  2. It's certainly different, but I can't say better, the original has that slightly haunting tone, like EC said, so there's more depth of feeling for all the lonely people. Zoot's version might suit a younger generation who like the long intro and more complex musical sound.

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    1. River, that was me, the younger generation. I was post Beatles.

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  3. Nuh, when it comes to the Beatles NOTHING is better. I'll grant you, Zoot do a reasonable cover, but it's still just a cover.

    Signed,
    Twitchy 14 year old Beatle fan in 1964 when they were here, who cried when her mean mum said she was too young to go and see them.

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    1. Rozzie, it is perhaps just as well that your Mother forbade you. I am sure you would not want to end up bearing a Beatle child........or maybe you would. You would be rich now. Who was your favourite Beatle, that is the one you would have liked to make babies with?

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  4. You're on tricky ground here Andrew. Few people risk comparing the worth of The Beatles to anyone else. Having said that they are almost two different songs, the over long Zoot three chord intro leads into a much more energetic version, which loses its soulful quality. I don't know of Zoot, but they sound like a good rock band who should probably stick to covers of Motorhead.

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    1. Cro, I do appreciate how people loved The Beatles, but they were before my time. I think I did buy Paul McCartney's Wings album on vinyl. To be frank, I never found any of The Beatles sexually exciting, although R did, but I did find the members of ZOOT hot, when I was but a lad.

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  5. Beatles version far better, maybe because of the visual graphics of the video, which add to the lyrics, and don't detract like in the second video, where we are staring at some youngster singing it without feeling or convincing meaning. The song touches a lot of chords in a lot of people, the 2nd one seems to be focused less on any meaning.

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    1. Strayer, I know what you mean but I still prefer the ZOOT one.

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  6. Andrew, I still cannot make the "Reply" thingies work, so here is my reply to yours.

    Paul was always my favourite Beatle. At that time everyone had a favourite, for example, one of my friends chose John until she found out he was married, so "naturally" she switched to Ringo!

    As for bearing a Beatle baby, for some of my school mates that may well have been possible, but sex was something completely out of my ken at 14. My super religious parents left me pretty much unaware of the how tos for a start. And times were different in 1964.

    But I do still love Paul...

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    1. Rozzie, you were just the type I have heard bands like to take advantage of. I really never got to know them properly. It is small but significant generation gap. Your friend had very moral fantasy standards.

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  7. 1964 was the best year ever... noone else could realistically compare. Other generations, before and after the mid 1960s, were raised in deprivation.

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    1. Very clever, Hels. Is doesn't take many years, but Beatles are of R's time, not mine. Eight years can make such a difference.

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  8. Sorry I like The Beatles better the other version is to fast.
    Merle..............

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    1. Merle, you opinion is clear and decisive.

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  9. Gorgeous words but not into the Beatles or Zoot.
    Neither of them seems to me to tell the story of Eleanor.
    Being a Nana Mouskouri fan I prefer her singing it :) oh dear!

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    1. Margaret, I should take a listen to Nana, but is sock drawer tyding day today.

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  10. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas, Andrew. :)

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    1. Indeed I did, Lee. You are not offering an opinion on the music, so I will assume you love or hate both versions.

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