50 Great Neil Young Covers

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12. Ian Matthews - Tell Me Why

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

13. Built To Spill - Cortez The Killer

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

14. The Walkabouts - On the Beach

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

16. Feelies - Barstool Blues

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

17. low and dirty three - down by the river

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

18. Linda Ronstadt - Birds

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

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

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

not the one in Rachel Getting Married

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

22. Gillian Welch - Pocahontas

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

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

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

26. Byrds - See the Sky About To Rain

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

Emmylou Harris, "Wrecking Ball"

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

Francoise Hardy's "Till the Morning Comes"

i was gonna post that!

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

flaming lips - "after the goldrush"

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

"Everybody's Rockin" John Lee Hooker

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

"Mystery Train" Elvis Presley

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

"Oh Lonesome Me" Don Gibson

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

"Payola Blues" - ???

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

^^^ Albert Lee

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

skullflower 'cortez the killer'

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

Cowboy Junkies- "Tired Eyes"

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

In a good way.

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

47. Jack Logan - On The Beach

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

damn that merry clayton cover is fantastic, thanks dorian

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

48. "Love is a Rose" by Linda Ronstadt

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

Buddy Miles - Down By the River

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

^^ surprised Ian didn't list that one tbqh imo!

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

51. Killdozer -" Cinnamon Girl"

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

52. Royal Trux - "Lookout Joe"

53. Slint - "Cortez the Killer"

^^ live only as far as i know

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

54. Valerie Carter "After The Gold Rush"
A very nice cover too. Someone else did a cover of this song, but I can't put my finger on it right now.

Jacob Sanders, Saturday, 16 January 2010 05:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

55. jackie deshannon - only love can break your heart

velko, Saturday, 16 January 2010 05:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

I have a weak spot for Jackie Deshannon. Which album is that cover from?

Jacob Sanders, Saturday, 16 January 2010 05:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

jackie, reissued a few years back by rhino as jackie...plus

velko, Saturday, 16 January 2010 05:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

Can I rep for Pearl Jam's 'Rockin In The Free World'...

VegemiteGrrrl, Saturday, 16 January 2010 07:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

56. Q and Not U - "Don't Let it Bring You Down"

Shannon Whirry and the Bad Brains, Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

57. Bettye LeVette- Heart of Gold

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4ixBuhQGsw

ithappens, Saturday, 16 January 2010 11:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

Roxy Music's "Like A Hurricane" is so incredible, it sounds like a Roxy song, even the lyrics ("Once I thought I saw you, in crowded, hazy bar") seem like Roxy lyrics.

That and Killdozer's "Cinnamon Girl", which points for having, some how, and even more inept rhythm section that the Horse

chr1sb3singer, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 18:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

Does CSNY doing Down By The River at Balboa park in 1969 count as a cover? Never sure if the writer is on board.
Anyway 19 minutes of guitar burn including a hypnotically repetitive element from one of the players.
NOt sure if it is available anywhere legally yet but it does circulate on bootleg which is why i've heard it.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

think Y is on that one

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

no what I meant was never sure if it counts as a cover if the writer/original artist is onboard i.e. later band with writer as central player or contemporary alternative band to the main one the artist is known for when artist is a permanent player in both bands.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

Intuitive call: I probably wouldn't count that, but I would count Neil joining R.E.M. for their cover of "Ambulance Blues" (some fan-club record put out by R.E.M., with a great lyric change to accommodate Bill Clinton).

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

Definitely Tori Amos Philadelphia

Ross, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

was never sure if it counts as a cover if the writer/original artist is onboard

omg I got into an epic argument w my bass player years ago about this very subject when he insisted on calling Spiritualized's version of "Lord Can You Hear Me" a cover, because Spiritualized is ostensibly a "different" band than Spacemen 3, even though both feature Jason Pierce and it's his song

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

i mean, if you wrote a song and you are performing it, it's not a cover, right?

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

my point exactly

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah just never sure if you could cover yourself years later since you're going to be in a different context, chronologically at least and probably mentally. maybe in terms of style too. & playing style with different players in your band is likely to change a bit or at least the surroundings will.
So what word would you use to differentiate between different versions?

With CSN there's a lot more melodic guitar burn. I thought the version that's shown in the Big Sur film was really nice for that and the Balboa park version is much longer.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

has the undisputed truth's "down by the river" hit this thread yet?

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Thursday, 12 July 2018 02:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

So what word would you use to differentiate between different versions?

performance

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

you're going to be in a different context, chronologically at least and probably mentally

this different context is happening continuously, from writing the song, to demoing it, to rehearsing it, to recording it, to touring it, etc. i would even argue there is no "original context" for a song outside the abstracting of an official record release, which is still a document of a single performance.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

have we done simply red's 'mellow my mind' yet? i heard it in a hotel lobby while jetlagged out of my mind a few months ago and had something close to a psychotic break in response
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOfWPsFpuHY

look, you’re just gonna get gravy on the baby sometimes 🤷‍♂️ (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

really disappointing that mick chooses not to emulate neil's wobbly, off-key delivery of 'railroad traaaaaaaack' tbh

look, you’re just gonna get gravy on the baby sometimes 🤷‍♂️ (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Boz Scaggs - On the Beach

Brad C., Wednesday, 1 August 2018 23:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

oh nice, just released

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 23:52 (seven months ago) Permalink

very good, thanks

niels, Thursday, 2 August 2018 09:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

58. the meters - 'birds'

― jlgt, Saturday, January 16, 2010 7:21 AM (eight years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

just heard this for the first time, way prettier than anything i've heard from the meters. they did down by the river too if you're more into their usual funk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH9-1RV5j7s

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

i'm going to see eleventh dream day play ZUMA on saturday
can't wait!!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:26 (seven months ago) Permalink

that meters track sounds real quality. im really into the built 2 spill cortez the killer cover lately. i mean its just basically like 20 minutes of loud guitars whats not to like.

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

that eleventh dream day thang looks awesome.

in other news
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77Ycxql63nY&feature=youtu.be

tylerw, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

hmmm
https://youtu.be/77Ycxql63nY

tylerw, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

anyone done a Youtube playlist or similar of these? A project for the weekend maybe...

Neil S, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

do it

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

work is p quiet at the moment, I'll have a look tomorrow...

Neil S, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:47 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBVkKcQJu5A

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

nice. one cover the length of 4 tony molina songs

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 August 2018 19:01 (seven months ago) Permalink

hehe Neil is probably the one note guitar solo king

Meters cover is great - why are there so many good soul covers of Neil? doesn't seem like he was too into that scene?

niels, Friday, 10 August 2018 08:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

New ones appear all the time, but I thought I knew pretty much every big-name Neil cover done before The Bridge, at least. Somehow this one slipped by me until I bought the album at a record show today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7fxxJIm-A4

Not very good.

clemenza, Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:14 (three months ago) Permalink

I think I actually prefer it to the original! An entire album of Neil songs in that style would get a bit much though.

GG Allin: The Musical (Matt #2), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Just Like Me, Nowadays Clancy Just Wants To Be (Close To You)

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:38 (three months ago) Permalink

The original's not a favourite, so that figures in. I actually really like their "Ticket to Ride" cover (same album--it was originally released as Offering, then re-released a few months later as Ticket to Ride when that became a minor hit).

No! Thanks--will order that for sure.

clemenza, Sunday, 9 December 2018 22:56 (three months ago) Permalink

Clancy's such a weird-ass song to have inspired so many period covers (I think like three or four besides the Carpenters one).

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:00 (three months ago) Permalink

Including--I could be wrong--the first Neil cover ever, Fever Tree's version of "Clancy" in 1968.

clemenza, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:22 (three months ago) Permalink

Clancy fucking sucks wtf

calstars, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:34 (three months ago) Permalink

there's also joni mitchell's 1967 radio recording of "sugar mountain" which is cool

featured here, along with many other covers mentioned itt: https://www.mixcloud.com/aquariumdrunkard/hello-mr-soul-neil-young-covers-1967-1978/

budo jeru, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:37 (three months ago) Permalink

67? Wow that’s early. Maybe Neil “gave” it to her?

calstars, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:50 (three months ago) Permalink

Maybe Fever Tree's was the first one to make it onto a record. If anyone knows one earlier (March 28, 1968), please post.

clemenza, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:57 (three months ago) Permalink


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