Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Covers Gallery, Volume X: 1960s Edition

For our tenth collection of covers, let's take a look at some remakes by some iconic 1960s/70s bands

1.     Sugar on Sunday – The Clique - This late 60s Texas band scored a hit with this Tommy James song. You can find it on Sugar on Sunday: The Definitive Collection.

2.     Eve of Destruction – The Turtles were offered this song before Barry McGuire recorded his hit version, but their take on the tune was released after McGuire’s topped the charts. It’s on Happy Together: The Very Best of The Turtles.

3.     Summertime – The Gershwin classic as interpreted by The Zombies on their self-titled debut album. "And the livin' is easy...."

4.     Just One Look – The Hollies did a great job with this Doris Troy remake. It can be found on The Hollies’ Greatest Hits.

5.     I Don’t Mind – The Who re-doing a James Brown track? Yep, it happened on their album My Generation (1965).

6.     Summertime Blues – The Beach Boys covered the Eddie Cochran classic on 1963’s Surfin Safari; of course, The Who also did a memorable version of this song.

7.     Chains – George Harrison handled the lead vocals on The Beatles’ version of this Goffin-King classic, originally recorded by The Cookies. It's on 1963's Please Please Me.

8.     Dancing In The Street – The Kinks took on the Martha & The Vandellas classic on Kinda Kinks (1965).

9.     Chimes of Freedom – The Byrds covered several of Bob Dylan’s songs: this one's from the Mr. Tambourine Man LP, originally released in 1965.

10.  Speaking of The Byrds, their hit So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star? was remade by the British group The Move for their 1968 release Something Else from The Move.

11.  Route 66 – The Rolling Stones cover songwriter Bobby Troup’s often recorded classic (originally done by Nat King Cole) – on December’s Children (and Everybody’s) from 1965.

12.  Hello It’s Me by Todd Rundgren – Covering yourself? Mr. Rundgren originally recorded this song with his band Nazz in 1968, then re-recorded it for 1973 his solo album Something/Anything? and had a hit with the “new” version.

Bonus Track - And to end our list where we started: Did you know R.E.M.’s Superman from 1986’s Life’s Rich Pageant is a cover? It was in released in 1969 by The Clique, who started our list. You can hear their original on Sugar on Sunday: The Definitive Collection.

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