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Old 12-07-2017, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Myers View Post
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Honestly -- I set out to do no less than the best cover of the song I could possibly do -- to pay homage to the coolest parts of the origanal Peter Green version -- and then somehow expand on it without fucking it up.

I also went all out on recording double tracks on all the rhythm guitar -- so this was a good exercise for me.

Oh -- and the "cowbell" is actually a coffee mug and a steak knife handle -- I need to redo that.

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You don’t have a real cowbell?!

What kind of musician are you?

Say... you’re not one of those communis’ss are you?


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Heh.

Had a nice handmade case of percussion stuff I bought from the school where my wife taught when it went under. It mysteriously vanished from a party I played at recently -- along with my harmonicas and a bunch cables. Oh well again.
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Originally Posted by Myers View Post
Here's my cover of "Oh Well" by Fleetwood Mac.

No, the world does not need another cover of this song, but oh well.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=12r...VWD9Ng7yDmCNHK
Oooh!

When I've stopped panting I'm gonna need a cigarette.

So good. Sooo dirty.
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Nice work Myers. I'm not up on technicalities, I just know when I like the sound of something!
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Heh.

Had a nice handmade case of percussion stuff I bought from the school where my wife taught when it went under. It mysteriously vanished from a party I played at recently -- along with my harmonicas and a bunch cables. Oh well again.


I actually like the coffee cup better for your version. It sounds intentional.


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Easy.

Johnny Cash, Hurt.
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Johnny Cash, Hurt.


Fuck. I hate that song. Load of shit IMO. To be fair, I hated the original too.


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Old 12-10-2017, 05:02 AM
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This is by far the best cover of "Hurt."

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JO_ViSjVfUI
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Old 12-10-2017, 06:00 AM
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Fuck. I hate that song. Load of shit IMO. To be fair, I hated the original too.
I don't hate it -- but I'm not into it.

We went to the Johnny Cash museum in Nashville. I was expecting something pretty hokey, but it was really well done.

Anyway, the last exhibit was about "Hurt." They had the video looping etc. People were transfixed -- one lady was on the verge of tears.

I'm pretty sure Johnny did what he wanted, but the song and video seem a little exploitative to me and kind of gimmicky.

He (and Rick Ruben and whoever) did manage to take a heavy-handed emo anthem and wring something out of it. He puts it in a new context that gives it a little poignancy, for whatever that's worth.

I had this discussion with someone and he thought it was worthwhile because it brought a new generation to Cash's early work. That's possible, but I kind of doubt it. I think a lot of new fans are more interested in the persona and idea of Johnny Cash than the actual music. It's just cool to say you dig Johnny Cash.
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I actually do like Cash. In his day he was really unique, so many great songs. Those songs feel honest. Yeah, I know none of it is actually “honest” but that’s the art, right?

But Hurt Just feels dishonest and like pandering. Like a tired old man who was once a thriving giant, crawling to the finish line.

That whole record felt like he was pushed to perform. Reminds me of a once wild silverback gorilla locked in a zoo cage so long that he doesn’t fight it anymore.


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Old 12-10-2017, 10:53 AM
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Well, I can see that. Like I said, it feels a little exploitative.

Beyond that, I'm not going to presume to know what Johnny Cash was thinking or what was motivating him to make those recordings.
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Thanks for this. She has a perfect studio voice. “Smells like teen spirit” is also brilliant.


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Old 12-19-2017, 03:26 AM
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Thanks for this. She has a perfect studio voice. “Smells like teen spirit” is also brilliant.


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Good singer. I was half expecting that phony "indy girl" voice you hear so often on YouTube...
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Good singer. I was half expecting that phony "indy girl" voice you hear so often on YouTube...


Yeah, great studio singer. I looked to find some live stuff but couldn’t. I’d like to see how she translates live. Purely for research and personal edification.


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Old 12-19-2017, 03:09 PM
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Yeah -- it's the opposite these days -- for us old timers.

You used to have cut your chops live -- the learn how to temper things for the studio.

I don't hear anything that says she couldn't perform well live -- and she'll have to if she wants to get anywhere. That's where the money is now.
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There are definitely studio singers and live singers and a few that can do both.

I’ve always been a live singer. Can’t tame the cannon to fit in that small studio booth.

My sister is good at both. I’ve always admired her ability that way.


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Old 12-19-2017, 04:20 PM
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Well -- then as now -- perhaps with differing degrees of importance, you still have to do both -- at least completely.
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Well -- then as now -- perhaps with differing degrees of importance, you still have to do both -- at least completely.


I think either/or can still make a good living in the margins. Ad revenue, or live show revenue. Just depends on how big you want to get.

Getting famous is still astronomically difficult and you need a lot of talent and luck. But I know plenty of musicians making ends meet you’ll never hear of.


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brian wrote: I actually do like Cash. In his day he was really unique, so many great songs. Those songs feel honest. Yeah, I know none of it is actually “honest” but that’s the art, right?

But Hurt Just feels dishonest and like pandering. Like a tired old man who was once a thriving giant, crawling to the finish line.

That whole record felt like he was pushed to perform. Reminds me of a once wild silverback gorilla locked in a zoo cage so long that he doesn’t fight it anymore.
I had heard at the time, and read someplace later that Cash was in failing mental Health at that time period. (stroke? Dementia?) and made a lot of covers.

I noticed that it's a take it or leave it - no one has any middle ground.

I really like His cover of Hurt and Bridge Over Covered Water and think WTF whenever I hear his cover of Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus.

He adds a lot of grit to Hurt, and his cover of Bridge Over Troubled water - with superb backup up vocals by Fiona Apple is very subdued, and not the belt it out mess that I hear many make of it.
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The First cut?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZvsxe1CD-c

The Writers version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQQPgECUORs

And what most people recognize (and IMO the best version)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHkBv-AtKDA
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Here's a cover I did of "Born Under a Bad Sign" -- not really a blues guy -- this is a bit more funky than most versions.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sO...QDLLhwl30voUKH

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Man I like the guitar. Like a cauldron of bubbling slick viscous...umm...stuff. For some reason the instrumental/solo in the middle didn't grab me as powerfully as the initial licks, but that might just be me. Never heard the original, but you weren't kidding with the funk. Good work (as always).
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Thanks -- I'm not really into long lead solos -- I probably wouldn't put something like this in one of my songs. Gets hard to avoid the cliches, but they're fun to play. There's a lick or two in there that you hear in just about every blues lead.

It's been covered a lot. The original is by Albert King -- not really my taste. This borrows more from the Cream version -- although the guitar is very different. I pretty much lifted the bass from it note for note. Hendrix does a version -- he's just playing lead over the bass line -- that's it. He never intended for it to be released.
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Nice to hear this Myers, thanks for sharing. I'm not familiar with the Cream version but I do like Albert King's original.
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Thanks, Leila -- cheers!

In case you have a minute -- or around three and a half...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x5u8aARWAv4
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Here's a brilliant cover -- Bowie doing "Waiting for My Man" by The Velvet Underground/Lou Reed -- featuring the amazing Mick Ronson -- one of my favorite guitarists. KILLER solo at the end.

I just listened to it like 5 times in row...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byvq4O5i1Wk
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Sinead O'Connor's Nothing Compares 2 U was a cover of a song written, recorded, but not released?



Prince https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpGA0azFdCs


Sinead https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-EF60neguk
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