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Old 03-06-2014, 08:39
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Yeah, I think that must be the case... it's one of my favourite tracks, and those are the two versions I love most (crazy how many years are between the two!) but I can't stand the original.

It's funny you should mention 'Killing Me Softly...', always loved Roberta Flack's version of that too! aha (and the Fugees of course!)
Sorry but can't stand the Fugees version.

I prefer Matthews Southern Comfort's version of 'Woodstock' to Joni Mitchell's original.
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Old 03-06-2014, 08:48
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Sorry but can't stand the Fugees version.

I prefer Matthews Southern Comfort's version of 'Woodstock' to Joni Mitchell's original.
Don't like The Fugees version either . Another Roberta Flack cover that is better than the original is The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face .
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:33
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Score another for a Fugees thumbs down. In fact, make that "two times" thumbs down.
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:48
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I prefer both their versions of 'Hush' to Joe South's original.
The best version of 'Hush' for me is Kris Ife's.
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:49
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I'm usually the only one with this opinion, but I prefer the original.
You're definitely not! Gloria Jones' original is in another league to anything Soft Cell could ever achieve. They murdered Judy Street's 'What' as well.
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:51
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I prefer both their versions of 'Hush' to Joe South's original.
Agreed. I think Hush has become a Depp Purple song.
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:08
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Frank & Nancy Sinatra with Something Stupid ,originally by Carson & Gaile .

( Kula Shaker also did a decent version of Hush )
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:16
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Sign O' the Times - Simple Minds
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Old 03-06-2014, 11:26
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I like both Rascal Flatts and Cascada's versions of "What Hurts The Most". I love Cascada's Everytime We Touch and I like Cascada's version of Golden Train
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Old 03-06-2014, 14:39
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Score another for a Fugees thumbs down. In fact, make that "two times" thumbs down.
... make that another fugees hater here
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Old 03-06-2014, 14:53
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In this case you're not, the original, the Gloria Jones version has more energy and a better singing performance. Different sort of records I guess but I think the original is better. Gloria was a little unfortunate in her career.
You're definitely not! Gloria Jones' original is in another league to anything Soft Cell could ever achieve. They murdered Judy Street's 'What' as well.
Pleased to hear I'm not the only one this time
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Old 03-06-2014, 16:22
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All saints 'Under the Bridge' ' Lady Marmalade'
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Old 03-06-2014, 16:53
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All saints 'Under the Bridge' ' Lady Marmalade'
I liked All Saints more than the Spice Girls and I did like their versions of those songs but wouldn't say they were better than the originals although I prefer their version of 'Lady Marmalade' to the Moulin Rouge one.
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Old 03-06-2014, 18:04
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One of Us, by Joan Osbourne. Prince did a cover of this on his Emancipation album, and made it sound much, much better than the original.
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Old 03-06-2014, 18:04
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Pleased to hear I'm not the only one this time
Seems like I am the only one preferring the Soft Cell version here
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Old 03-06-2014, 20:11
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Seems like I am the only one preferring the Soft Cell version here
Nope
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Old 03-06-2014, 21:12
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All saints 'Under the Bridge'
You. Must. Be. ****ing. Joking.
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Old 03-06-2014, 21:46
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Tori Amos - I don't like Monday's

Tori Amos - New Age

Tori Amos - Smells like teen spirit

Tori Amos - Philadelphia

Yeah I'm a Tori nut
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Old 03-06-2014, 22:03
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Seems like I am the only one preferring the Soft Cell version here
There's been quite a few others throughout the thread.

You. Must. Be. ****ing. Joking.
This was also all I had to say about that preference!
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:36
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Baby I Love Your Way-Big Mountain

I never liked Peter Frampton's song until Big Mountain did it.
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Old 04-06-2014, 08:59
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Baby I Love Your Way-Big Mountain

I never liked Peter Frampton's song until Big Mountain did it.
I agree.
I love Frampton's " Show Me The Way" but Big Mountain's version of "Baby I Love Your Way" is so joyous. It always makes me smile when I hear it.

I nominate " Knock On Wood" by Amii Stewart over Eddie Floyd's original.
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Old 04-06-2014, 23:18
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A few that immediately spring to mind...
The In Crowd - Bryan Ferry
Without You - Nillson
This Wheel's on Fire - Julie Driscoll, Brian Augur and the Trinity
Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann
Sister Morphine - Marianne Faithfull
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:06
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Who else has done this song? I never knew that anyone else did.

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Holly
Here it is from 1987 by the Superiors

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoeWW2oH7ac&feature=kp
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:07
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Liberty X - Got to have your love
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:19
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Don't think these have been mentioned yet...

Baby Please Don't Go - Them (original by Big Joe Williams)
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone - The Monkees (original by Paul Revere & the Raiders)

I'm also very fond of Steve Hillage's cover of It's All Too Much (original by some 60s pop group).
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