50 Great Neil Young Covers

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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) link

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

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

26. Byrds - See the Sky About To Rain

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

Emmylou Harris, "Wrecking Ball"

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

Francoise Hardy's "Till the Morning Comes"

i was gonna post that!

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

flaming lips - "after the goldrush"

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

"Everybody's Rockin" John Lee Hooker

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

"Mystery Train" Elvis Presley

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

"Oh Lonesome Me" Don Gibson

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

"Payola Blues" - ???

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

^^^ Albert Lee

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

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) link

skullflower 'cortez the killer'

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

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) link

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) link

Cowboy Junkies- "Tired Eyes"

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

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) link

In a good way.

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

47. Jack Logan - On The Beach

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

damn that merry clayton cover is fantastic, thanks dorian

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

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) link

48. "Love is a Rose" by Linda Ronstadt

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

"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) link

Buddy Miles - Down By the River

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

51. Killdozer -" Cinnamon Girl"

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

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) link

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) link

55. jackie deshannon - only love can break your heart

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

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) link

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

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

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

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

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) link

57. Bettye LeVette- Heart of Gold

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

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

more soul and funk covers please

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 16 January 2010 12:11 (nine years ago) link

58. the meters - 'birds'

jlgt, Saturday, 16 January 2010 12:21 (nine years ago) link

we did this:
Neil Young cover versions

koogs, Saturday, 16 January 2010 12:39 (nine years ago) link

New Peter Gabriel covers album will feature a Neil Young cover

Scratch My Back is due out on February 16 in North America via Real World/Universal Records:
1. “Heroes” (David Bowie cover)
2. “The Boy in the Bubble” (Paul Simon cover)
3. “Mirrorball” (Elbow cover)
4. “Flume” (Bon Iver cover)
5. “Listening Wind” (Talking Heads cover)
6. “The Power of the Heart” (Lou Reed cover)
7. “My Body Is a Cage” (Arcade Fire cover)
8. “The Book of Love” (Magnetic Fields cover)
9. “I Think It's Going to Rain Today” (Randy Newman cover)
10. “Après Moi” (Regina Spektor cover)
11. “Philadelphia” (Neil Young cover)
12. “Street Spirit” (Radiohead cover)

sofatruck, Saturday, 16 January 2010 15:20 (nine years ago) link

Cassandra Wilson - "Harvest Moon"

Hideous Lump, Monday, 18 January 2010 02:00 (nine years ago) link

Since it wasn't mentioned on the earlier thread,
Michael Hedges - After the Gold Rush

Enoki Doki (Paul in Santa Cruz), Monday, 18 January 2010 02:31 (nine years ago) link

yow i gotta track down some of these!

tylerw, Monday, 18 January 2010 02:50 (nine years ago) link

Not sure if anyone's made a similar request, but I'm looking for some help in tracking down a copy of Everybody Knows This is Norway. I've tried the internets, Soulseek, Amazon, etc., and haven't made any headway at all. I think it's the only Neil-tribute LP I haven't yet found (once a couple of CDs arrive in the mail shortly, I'll be up to 15). I'd like to obtain an actual copy on CD or vinyl, but would happily settle for a CD-R.

clemenza, Friday, 29 January 2010 02:27 (nine years ago) link

60. rainy day - flying on the ground is wrong

hipster knight (electricsound), Friday, 29 January 2010 02:28 (nine years ago) link

61. ida - everybody knows this is nowhere

hipster knight (electricsound), Friday, 29 January 2010 02:29 (nine years ago) link

62. The Church "Cortez The Killer"

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 29 January 2010 03:26 (nine years ago) link

Two threads and no Undisputed Truth.

Guess I'm staying gone.

The Love Song of J Alfred Pluot (Oilyrags), Friday, 29 January 2010 03:28 (nine years ago) link

17. low and dirty three - down by the river

― A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Saturday, 16 January 2010 08:53 (1 week ago) Bookmark

^^This.

Lord Byron Bay of Pigs (SeekAltRoute), Friday, 29 January 2010 03:50 (nine years ago) link

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

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

two weeks pass...

Boz Scaggs - On the Beach

Brad C., Wednesday, 1 August 2018 23:42 (one year ago) link

oh nice, just released

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Wednesday, 1 August 2018 23:52 (one year ago) link

very good, thanks

niels, Thursday, 2 August 2018 09:18 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

hmmm
https://youtu.be/77Ycxql63nY

tylerw, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:37 (one year ago) link

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

Neil S, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:45 (one year ago) link

do it

InfoWarriors (Spottie), Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:45 (one year ago) link

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

Neil S, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:47 (one year ago) link

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

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:50 (one year ago) link

nice. one cover the length of 4 tony molina songs

ant banks and wasp (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 August 2018 19:01 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

Clancy fucking sucks wtf

calstars, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:34 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link

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

calstars, Sunday, 9 December 2018 23:50 (eleven months ago) link

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 (eleven months ago) link


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