50 Great Neil Young Covers

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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

63. Mercury Rev - Vampire Blues

ron paul revulvalution (Pillbox), Friday, 29 January 2010 04:24 (nine years ago) link

Jeez, that Gaga video upthread is painful. Classic for the fat guy hanging out at the edge of the frame chewing gum, checking his mobile and generally looking crushed by boredom, though.

mister_thoth, Friday, 29 January 2010 08:39 (nine years ago) link

didn't giant Sand do a cover of Revolution Blues as well? is it any good? i haven't heard it (haven't heard any Giant Sand actually)

I'M part of that magic? really???? (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 January 2010 11:21 (nine years ago) link

almost forgot:

64.) Annie Lennox - Don't Let it Bring You Down (hi there Mena Suvari)

I'M part of that magic? really???? (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 29 January 2010 11:27 (nine years ago) link

nine months pass...

And here's a great cover of "Whip My Hair" by Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 19 November 2010 21:37 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:23 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

tylerw, Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:37 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years 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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