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saintbletch posted this 24 May 2015

Originally posted by Fowllyd

Two covers of the same song, by the same singer...

On the first, from 1974 (I think), Cale imbues the song with an air of terror and even menace.  For a solo live performance he turns it into one of the bleakest songs imaginable.

 

 


Yeah, very interesting. Never really thought about the lyrics before, but they are perfect for a really dark interpretation.

John Cale is also from The Wales, isn't it?

I seem to remember him narrating a Velvet Underground track about a boy in a cardboard box in an incongruously Welsh accent. I thought at the time, there's lovely for you.

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saintbletch posted this 24 May 2015

It's a shame that this has been so tainted in recent years, but it's still one of my favourite covers.

If only those that have murdered it in the name of chart success had bothered to 'listen' to the words.  

A magical interpretation of the 'laughing' Leonard Cohen original, brought to life by an artist for whom the song obviously meant something very personal.

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saintbletch posted this 24 May 2015

This song reminds me of a holiday in Fiji whilst visiting Australia MANY years ago and of a Australian Jewess call Sharon Freund - and that's all I have to say about that.

Embarrassed to say that it wasn't until some years later that I realised Lennon's was the original. 

Halo Stickman posted this 24 May 2015

Perhaps not the most cheery song for a Saturday night; nevertheless, I do like this cover of the S & G classic

Fowllyd posted this 24 May 2015 - Last edited 25 May 2015

Originally posted by saintbletch

It's a shame that this has been so tainted in recent years, but it's still one of my favourite covers.

If only those that have murdered it in the name of chart success had bothered to 'listen' to the words.  

A magical interpretation of the 'laughing' Leonard Cohen original, brought to life by an artist for whom the song obviously meant something very personal.

Also covered to great effect by my compatriot Mr Cale, isn't it. Much as I like Jeff Buckley's version, this one is my favourite. From the same concert as the live version of Hearbreak Hotel that I posted earlier, all found on an LP called Fragments of a Rainy Season. Incidentally, John Cale first recorded this for a Laughing Len tribute LP entitled I'm Your Fan; he knew that Cohen had left a few verses out of his original recording, so he got Cohen to send him the whole lot. His final stanza, for instance, doesn't appear in the original, but Cale liked it better than the one that Cohen chose. Cohen's original is less dark which, given his reputation, may come as a surprise.

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saintbletch posted this 25 May 2015

A lovely version Fowlly D, but the emotion isn't there for me.

I'm intrigued by the final verse. It's the same as Jeff Buckely's version. Did Buckley copy Cale then? (or vice versa).

 

Fowllyd posted this 25 May 2015 - Last edited 25 May 2015

Yes, I'm pretty sure that Buckley took the song from Cale's rendering on I'm Your Fan. At the risk of incurring righteous wrath at posting an original on this thread, here it is:

Goatboy posted this 28 May 2015 - Last edited 28 May 2015

ant posted this 28 May 2015

This is a bit of a classic:

 

As is this:

 

Love rock/metal/punk covers. Will no doubt be back to post more smile

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saintbletch posted this 31 May 2015

Originally posted by Fowllyd

Originally posted by saintbletch

So here's a relatively new one to me.

Long story, well a story that spans a long period of time anyway. My memory is a bit sketchy as my synapses had cider in them at the time, but a few months before Arthur Lee died, a mate and I went to see him at The Brook. He was the frontman of the band Love. I didn't know much about him/them before going, but my mate (who is older) was a massive fan. Anyway, it was a great night and even though he was getting on, he put on a great show.

Fast forward to last month and me and the same mate are at a Calexico gig in London and as part of the encore, they played this.

A cover of Love's Alone again, or...

Was almost spiritually good. 

Forever Changes, recorded in 1967 and from which Alone again or... is taken, is a masterpiece. I saw Arthur Lee perform the LP at the RFH about a dozen years ago and he was excellent. I like that Calexico version, mind.

Just wanted to say that since this 'chat', and following my walk to Hursley where I discussed Love with the same mate mentioned above, I've been playing Forever Changes every day.

I found a version that was recorded live - perhaps during the tour you saw, and it's stunning. The original recording - or at least my copy, features some pretty dodgy stero mixing, so the live version is a real treat. 

So whilst this is definitely not a cover, and therefore off-topic, I'll risk the infraction...