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Alternate versions of songs better than popular versions?

Post by CorwoodRep » 25 May 2010, 8:14pm

Thought this would be a cool playlist idea. Alternate versions of songs by the same artist that are so much better than the popular versions as to be noteworthy - demos, different arrangements, live, whatever.

A couple that spring to mind immediately:
-the live version of Every Day I Write The Book from the 2003 Punch The Clock remaster.
-the live version of Empire Ants from the new Gorillaz album that's posted over on The Network from that London soundboard
-technically it's not that comparable, but I still think the Black Hawk Down version of Minstrel Boy is a billion times more enjoyable to listen to than the long version
-pretty much any live version of Hallelujah by Cohen. God, I can't stand the studio version.

Any suggestions?
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Post by Heston » 25 May 2010, 8:16pm

Great idea BJ, I'll have a think.
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Post by Heston » 25 May 2010, 8:20pm

The Peel Session version of Bed and Breakfast Man by Madness tramples on the LP version.

Ditto the alt. take of That's Entertainment on the Jam Box Set.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 25 May 2010, 8:20pm

Pretty much any live version of "Pink Flag" that Wire has recorded, in studio and live, since 2000 is better than the original.

The version of "This Charming Man" off Hatful of Hollow is bouncier, more fun than the single/album version off The Smiths.
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Post by daredevil » 25 May 2010, 8:32pm

Greetings To the New Brunette by Billy Bragg is a great song. But the alternate version with Johnny Marr on guitar is even better.
Parklife by Blur on the Live at Hyde Park is much better than the original.

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Post by CorwoodRep » 25 May 2010, 8:34pm

And two by Warren Zevon:
-Seminole Bingo on Letterman. Much better arrangement, salvages a great song from a really shittily recorded/arranged album
-Mutineer on Letterman, for exactly the same reason, and the vocals are a lot more heartfelt given the circumstances.
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Post by tepista » 25 May 2010, 8:57pm

Modern Lovers "Roadrunner" Beserkly Chartbusters version.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 25 May 2010, 9:00pm

The Beatles video version of "Revolution" has the bite of the single version with the shoo-be-do-wops of "Revolution 1." Best of both versions.
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Post by Wolter » 25 May 2010, 9:02pm

In the vein of Minstrel Boy:

The under 3 minute single version of "Inna Gadda Da Vita." All the awesome riffage, none of the endless soloing.
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Re: Alternate versions of songs better than popular versions?

Post by tepista » 25 May 2010, 9:04pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:The Beatles video version of "Revolution" has the bite of the single version with the shoo-be-do-wops of "Revolution 1." Best of both versions.
I prefer Rev1
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 25 May 2010, 9:08pm

tepista wrote:
Dr. Medulla wrote:The Beatles video version of "Revolution" has the bite of the single version with the shoo-be-do-wops of "Revolution 1." Best of both versions.
I prefer Rev1
I don't dislike it by any means, but it works better electrified and nasty. As one Beatles biographer said, if the lyrics were ambivalent—count me in/out—the electric version sounded like a vote for revolution.
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Post by Suzanne H. » 25 May 2010, 9:22pm

The demo version of 'Bye Bye Badman' by the Stone Roses is interesting...no bass or drums, just John Squire's lovely guitar.

Also, the live Glastonbury '09 version of Blur's 'End Of The Century', mostly cos it is a brilliant display of Alex James' often-hidden bass playing skills. And since I want Alex very badly, this appeals to me... :mrgreen:
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Post by Wolter » 25 May 2010, 9:23pm

That weird alternate Dutch version of "This is England" that only I like. :shifty:
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Post by Wolter » 25 May 2010, 9:25pm

Oh, and the live version of "Folsom Prison Blues" from San Quentin with Carl Perkins on guitar.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 25 May 2010, 9:45pm

The original, pre-Gillian 7" version of "Ceremony" is much better than the re-recorded, more commonly played 12" version.
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