I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to cover songs of certain bands.
Don’t even think about covering Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven or Kashmir.
Ditto for the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter, which a Montreal band did recently. I turn off the radio when it comes on. But, hey, other people seem to like it.
It’s all a matter of personal taste, of course.
I’m really loving a cover of a classic Four Tops song from 1966 called Reach Out (I’ll Be There). It’s done by a cover band called The Jaded Hearts Club, and it’s getting a lot of airplay on the local rock station I listen to. I might even like it more — OK, I do like it more — than the original, though it is pretty faithful to the Motown sound of that version. But it has a harder rock edge that makes me want to both dance and sit down behind a set of drums. (Oh, I am itching to play the drums again.)
So, here for your listening pleasure is the original version and the new one. Have a listen. Tell me what you think. And maybe talk about some of your favourite cover songs.
THE FOUR TOPS
THE JADED HEARTS CLUB