50 Great Neil Young Covers

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1. Cowboy Junkies "Powderfinger"
2. St. Etienne "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"

Joint Custody (ian), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

not sure there are 50 great ones honestly (the St. Etienne one is probably the best)

shake hands with Gongo? (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

3. The Feelies - Sedan Delivery
4. Boney M - Heart Of Gold
5. Devo - Ohio

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

6. Lady Gaga - Out On The Weekend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIeCrj_Gn6A&feature=player_embedded

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

stretching the definition of great there but had to get that in

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

7. Pixies - Winterlong
8. Pixies - I've Been Waiting For You

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Nicolette Larson - Lotta Love

Number None, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

10. Sonic Youth "computer age"

Trip Maker, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

11. Dinosaur Jr. - Lotta Love

willem, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

i mean, the whole Bridge tribute CD is pretty decent, as far as tribute albums go ...

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

12. Ian Matthews - Tell Me Why

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

13. Built To Spill - Cortez The Killer

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

14. The Walkabouts - On the Beach

Ari (whenuweremine), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

15. OP8 - round and round

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baz8W1dkPFQ

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

16. Feelies - Barstool Blues

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

17. low and dirty three - down by the river

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

18. Linda Ronstadt - Birds

velko, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

that GaGa version is terrible she can't even keep the melody together wtf

shake hands with Gongo? (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

19. Yung Wu - Powderfinger
20. Wooden Shjips - Vampire Blues

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

not the one in Rachel Getting Married

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

21. Phish - Albuquerque

(apparently their 1998 Farm Aid version of "Down By the River" was something to behold too, but I've nev er heard it)

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Friday, 15 January 2010 22:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

22. Gillian Welch - Pocahontas

pauls00, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

xp: There is a youtube of it, but I can't watch right now

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Friday, 15 January 2010 22:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

I found a used copy of Borrowed Tunes II last week, and a I've got a vinyl copy of Headed for the Ditch: a Michigan Tribute to Neil Young on order. It's something of an obsession: I think I'm up to 350-400 cover versions, approximately 25 hours' worth. Hard to know where to begin, but three of the best (and perhaps most surprising) would be 23. Psychic TV's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," 24. Francoise Hardy's "Till the Morning Comes," and 25. Bongwater's "Mr. Soul."

clemenza, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

24. Francoise Hardy's "Till the Morning Comes" -- whoa, never heard this!

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

26. Byrds - See the Sky About To Rain

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Emmylou Harris, "Wrecking Ball"

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Francoise Hardy's "Till the Morning Comes"

i was gonna post that!

velko, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

flaming lips - "after the goldrush"

kamerad, Friday, 15 January 2010 23:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Everybody's Rockin" John Lee Hooker

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Mystery Train" Elvis Presley

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Oh Lonesome Me" Don Gibson

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Payola Blues" - ???

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^ Albert Lee

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Isley Brothers - Ohio
Buddy Miles - Down By the River
Merry Clayton - Southern Man - righteous and mighty where the original is just pissy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4czTIjYwGlc

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

skullflower 'cortez the killer'

PIMMS SNAKE (haitch), Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

So weird - I was thinking of starting this exact thread yesterday when Walter Clevinger & The Dairy King's great cover of "Burned" came up on shuffle.

So that.

Did you say you were going to mangle the light? (staggerlee), Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Radiohead did a nice "On the Beach:"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQARzXtc2ik

Radiohead has also done "Down by the River" and 'Cinnamon Girl."

I've heard Golden Smog do a great "Revolution Blues" before. Uncle Tupelo did "Cortez."

Wedding Present did an OK "Don't Cry No Tears."

Nick Cave's "Helpless" is really good. So is Roxy Music's OTT Latin-disco-rock "Like a Hurricane."

Sort of a hard act to cover! Are we still counting?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Cowboy Junkies- "Tired Eyes"

Now, Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQAcJzIhSJ8

(From above) I was at this show and fell asleep listening to this.

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

In a good way.

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

47. Jack Logan - On The Beach

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

damn that merry clayton cover is fantastic, thanks dorian

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

That Merry Clayton cover is indeed fantastic. Anyway, a few more, though not all great by any means...

Neil Young cover versions

Phil Will, Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

48. "Love is a Rose" by Linda Ronstadt

banjoboy, Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Love is a nose, but you'd better not pick it..."

Did you say you were going to mangle the light? (staggerlee), Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Buddy Miles - Down By the River

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LH9eFMvhOw

President Keyes, Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5KRVtjgMkM

that's not my post, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

49. The Pooh Sticks: "The Rhythm of Love"

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

50. Waylon Jennings - "Are You Ready For the Country?"

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

just posted a second comp of neil young covers here: http://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/5867821093/hello-mr-soul-vol-ii-so-heres-the-hotly

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 18:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

Nice work!

The germ of Entwistle's "Cinnamon Girl" can be found near the end of "My Generation" here.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Fifteen months later, I'm still looking for a copy of this:

http://www.groove.no/anmeldelse/39136336/everybody-knows-this-is-norway-a-tribute-to-neil-young-diverse-artister

The website sums it up well: "Salvation Circus går helt opp til en signaturlåt, men versjonen av Cinnamoon Girl får ikke nytt liv denne gangen heller. Bedre versjoner er dessuten hørt tidligere, blant annet av The Dream Syndicate og Loop."

Four years ago, I did a piece on Neil covers for Stylus that they've been good (or negligent) enough to leave up. I've probably collected another five CDs and 60 or 70 covers since then, but I just can't seem to get my hands on the Norway album.

clemenza, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

well, i know who should compile the next volume of my neil young covers series!

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

entwistle cover is kind of impressive in its rigid faithfulness to the original. i think they just slowed it down slightly. otherwise, an exact copy!

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

If you ever want, Tyler, everything I've got fits onto a 2GB USB. I'd be glad to send one out to you--I really enjoy all the Neil commentary you do on these threads.

clemenza, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

even got the Type-O & Rheostatics covers in that article, clemenza; colour me f--king impressed!

pax raggetta (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

i would not say no to a 2gb USB of neil young covers, that'd be awesome!
and yeah, some serious obscurities in that article!

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

entwistle cover is kind of impressive in its rigid faithfulness to the original. i think they just slowed it down slightly. otherwise, an exact copy!

I think it's in a different key; Neil used drop-D tuning for that, and it sounds like Entwistle's band (Cy Langston on guitar, and Humble Pie's Jerry Shirley on drums) does it in E. I kind of wish Entwistle had taken more liberties with it, though.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, they even do the same handclaps during the solo.

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Rheostatics are a Toronto band, where I'm from, and I used to contribute to a local publication back in the '80s with one of the members. I was never a fan of their music--it was always kind of arty for my tastes--so I was surprised by how great their "Everybody Knows" is. (If you click on my username and follow the link, Tyler, you'll get my e-mail address and we can go from there.)

clemenza, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

when my folks first got the Internet, I was a p big fan of Sloan (read a RIP magazine article on them, then picked up a couple of their albums on a HS band trip to Toronto) & was searching for stuff about them, and came across the Chart magazine top 100 Canadian albums list; Sloan's Twice Removed was #1, After the Gold Rush #2, and I think Rheostatics' Whale Music was #3 (actually #5)..later on in life I was able to pick up both Whale Music and Introducing Happiness at a used CD store close to where I lived...

mostly meh, though Whale Music is half-good; heard of but never heard the "Everybody Knows" cover, though intrigued by the fact that an orchestra got co-performer credit...

pax raggetta (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

xxp Supposedly the adherence to Neil's version was why it was left off the album (Smash Your Head Against The Wall), so he wrote the not-dissimilar "My Size" to replace it.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

did y'all see this? http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=436
looks a little better on paper than it does in real life. alasdair roberts' number is my fave thing.

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 22:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

60. rainy day - flying on the ground is wrong
― hipster knight (electricsound), Friday, January 29, 2010

^^yes!

Green on Red has a great "Down By The River" on a live bootleg.

Roy Buchanan's "Down By The River" is great, too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLhdS-8-YS8

more horses after the main event (Eazy), Thursday, 26 May 2011 22:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

ooh that was awesome. thanks!

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 22:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just seen this thread for the first time, and it's a miracle that ctrl+f didn't come up with Hayden's Tell me why cover, from the 'Live at Convocation Hall' album, because it's fantastic.

...wow! (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 27 May 2011 00:13 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Had no idea Sylvester covered "Southern Man":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAIcKuF3ZCo

clemenza, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:04 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Stumbled over this tonight when I was checking to see if I had something else. From 1979: quite bizarre.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtoYYvU5ktg

clemenza, Sunday, 8 March 2015 03:43 (three years ago) Permalink

That Sylvester cover of Skynyrd is bad ass.

earlnash, Monday, 9 March 2015 00:35 (three years ago) Permalink

I really like this one from a few years back:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_37kdxtw8wY

That shit right there is precedented. (cryptosicko), Monday, 9 March 2015 01:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Lee Ann Womack did a great version of "Out on the Weekend" last year on The Way I'm Livin'/ Govt Mule did a suitably epic (which doesn't just mean "long") version of "Cortez the Killer" on Live...With A Little Help From Our Friends in '99.

dow, Monday, 9 March 2015 02:15 (three years ago) Permalink

Merry Clayton - Southern Man - righteous and mighty where the original is just pissy

― Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Friday, January 15, 2010 7:34 PM (5 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

So, thanks to discovering this thread I've spent much of the evening listening to Neil Young covers, and this comment is as OTM as it gets. I never liked "Southern Man" for the very reason stated above, but Clayton's version feels earned. She can talk about this because she's lived it. For anyone else who missed it the first time, and doesn't feel like scrolling upthread, here it is again:

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That shit right there is precedented. (cryptosicko), Monday, 9 March 2015 03:31 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TBUH-9I_xA

just sayin, Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:28 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

ILM user ___________________ (I know his actual name, but his display name's all weird characters....) sent me a link for this:

http://www.philxmilstein.com/probe/index.htm

A few things in there I've never come across.

clemenza, Sunday, 4 February 2018 14:05 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Another excellent roundup, passed on to me by cryptosicko:

http://coverlaydown.com/2018/03/recovered-in-folk-neil-young-44-redefining-tracks-from-a-decade-in-tribute/

I'm closing in on 700 Neil covers on my hard drive. Anyone know how to get in touch with, um, Neil Young? I think he should spend the next year securing all legal clearances and add a covers section to his archival website.

clemenza, Friday, 16 March 2018 17:16 (two months ago) Permalink

hmmm I find that collection surprisingly underwhelming, maybe it's the aesthetics, maybe Neil's hard to cover

I like the Built to Spill Cortez

niels, Saturday, 17 March 2018 12:15 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm just hoarding at this point--I don't even listen to them anymore. I'd worked up an excellent mix-CD a few years ago.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 March 2018 15:54 (two months ago) Permalink

haha, cool

can I see your mix cd tracklist?

niels, Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Found it and put it on Google Docs:

http://docs.google.com/document/d/1-eBYRbX1QUe5iejXjCw7DamYmJRmOWajThfc0d9CmgQ/edit?usp=sharing

That goes back 10 years, when I probably had half of what I have now. So there'd be some changes, I'm sure. You can probably figure out what the Chris Farley excerpt is if you give it some thought.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:22 (two months ago) Permalink

nice, that's an interesting mix!

niels, Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:44 (two months ago) Permalink

51. Killdozer -" Cinnamon Girl"

Don't miss that one ^^

... (Eazy), Saturday, 17 March 2018 23:23 (two months ago) Permalink

While tagging songs from these last two links, discovered a couple of full-length albums I didn't know about: Blitzen Trapper's Live Harvest, a Record Store Day thing, and J. Tillman covering the whole Tonight's the Night LP.

http://phildellio.tripod.com/trapper.jpg http://phildellio.tripod.com/tillman.jpg

clemenza, Sunday, 18 March 2018 15:29 (two months ago) Permalink

has this one been mentioned yet? i dig it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRBUAkOOMYE

tylerw, Sunday, 18 March 2018 15:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Nobody's mentioned The Chromatics, Into The Black

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 18 March 2018 16:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Once you start down the rabbit hole..."Even Richard Cheney has got soul."

http://soundcloud.com/rfp86/campaigner-originally-by-neil-young

(If anybody can turn this into an mp3 for me, I'd be very appreciative.)

clemenza, Sunday, 18 March 2018 20:34 (two months ago) Permalink

And this, the entirety of Decade (I probably have a lot of it already, but I can see some things that are new to me).

http://www.covermesongs.com/2012/10/full-albums-neil-youngs-decade-part-one.html

clemenza, Sunday, 18 March 2018 20:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Seven years ago, when I picked "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" as my favourite song ever in a Facebook countdown, I called it "the most indestructible of Neil’s songs for anyone who tries to cover him." Rickie Lee Jones, whose version I'd never heard till today, walks right up to that line. The song sort of survives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjYQ36lGIcY

clemenza, Monday, 19 March 2018 00:34 (two months ago) Permalink

I think the song makes it

btw clemenza, did you ever try clicking
https://www.klickaud.com/ or
https://9soundclouddownloader.com/

niels, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 19:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I haven't, thanks...they're okay? I'd only do it in really isolated instances like this.

clemenza, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 22:49 (two months ago) Permalink

I guess the legality would be disputable, but yeah, it works

something like this app would be more stable, customizable https://www.4kdownload.com/

niels, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 07:34 (two months ago) Permalink

My favourites

Chromatics - into the black
Tori Amos - Philadelphia
Annie Lennox - don't let it bring you down

tinnitus the night (Ross), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 15:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Niels: had no problem, thanks again. (Will probably start searching for more Neil covers there...)

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:52 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't think anyone saw this one coming:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77Ycxql63nY

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Monday, 26 March 2018 21:05 (two months ago) Permalink

lol yes! love how he hams it up during the one note solo

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 26 March 2018 23:31 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBIj2NxdbZE

aqxmission, Friday, 30 March 2018 00:32 (one month ago) Permalink

I guess the original is either in a different key or slightly off key or Neil does smth weird with his voice because both this and the excellent Buddy Miles version has something off about the vocals (not necessarily in a bad way) particularly on the "when you could be taking me for a riiiiiide" line

niels, Friday, 30 March 2018 07:52 (one month ago) Permalink

KD Lang - Helpless
Neko Case - Dreaming man

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Friday, 30 March 2018 17:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Ida - Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere

that's not my post, Friday, 30 March 2018 20:38 (one month ago) Permalink


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