Last time we had a thread like this I posted In My Life covered by Johnny Cash. And you know what? I’m going to do it again. As I said last time, put simply, he just makes the song his own.
I can’t remember if I also posted some of these: there is a long pop reggae tradition of covers, some of which are absolute gems. I give you Neil Diamond’s** Red Red Wine**, made a wonder of the art by Tony Tribe*; and David Gates’ Everything I Own rendered marvelous by Ken Boothe.
I’m pretty sure I didn’t bang on about John Cale last time, but I will now. He has an unusual style of covering songs - slowing them down to bring out a new intensity that you didn’t realise they had. I give you Heartbreak Hotel; and expecially Streets Of Laredo. Odd.
- so definitive that UB40 thought they were covering a Tony Tribe song.