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Thread started 01/02/13 5:08pm

RRA

Covers of Prince songs that you PREFER over the original?

Somebody in that WYWM thread mentioned that they prefered the Cyndi Lauper cover to the Prince version, and this got to thinking.

Of course when I mean "Prince songs," this can also include tracks he recorded for his associate singers/groups. In case somebody needed clarification. lol

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Reply #1 posted 01/02/13 5:35pm

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Crimson and Clover

Prince's arrangement is much better, excellent guitar.

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Reply #2 posted 01/02/13 5:39pm

RRA

littlemissG said:

Crimson and Clover

Prince's arrangement is much better, excellent guitar.

I meant covers that people have done of Prince tracks.

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Reply #3 posted 01/02/13 5:43pm

Nivivrus

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I really enjoyed Dump's cover of Pop Life. I don't know if I like it as much as the original but it was a really great cover. That whole cover album they did was amazing actually. Their cover of the beautiful ones was another song I really liked, but again I don't think I liked it as much as the original so I guess nothing comes to mind at the moment razz

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Reply #4 posted 01/02/13 7:49pm

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Take Me With U by Monte Warden

I Feel For You by Chaka Khan

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Reply #5 posted 01/02/13 8:10pm

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I feel for you-Chaka Khan

Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O'Conner

Manic Monday-The Bangles

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Reply #6 posted 01/02/13 8:15pm

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djThunderfunk said:

Take Me With U by Monte Warden

I Feel For You by Chaka Khan

I agree with Chaka's cover of I Feel For You, but the one I think is going to get me :fishslapped: is Nothing Compare 2 U by Sinead O'Conner. Actually, I don't necessarily prefer her version over Prince's; I like them both the same, for different reasons.

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Reply #7 posted 01/02/13 8:24pm

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Sorry I don't listen to any Prince cover songs, cause the original Prince version is usally the best and in concert he even out does himself. So for those reasons I stick with the man

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Reply #8 posted 01/02/13 9:21pm

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Elle85n09 said:

djThunderfunk said:

Take Me With U by Monte Warden

I Feel For You by Chaka Khan

I agree with Chaka's cover of I Feel For You, but the one I think is going to get me :fishslapped: is Nothing Compare 2 U by Sinead O'Conner. Actually, I don't necessarily prefer her version over Prince's; I like them both the same, for different reasons.

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I have never liked Prince and Rosie's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U". For me, it's honestly a tie between The Family's version and Sinead's.

Cyndi's "When U Were Mine" is the only Prince remake I have ever preferred over the original. And I hate to admit it, but I was pleasantly surprised by that cat from New Kids on the Block's version of "I Could Never...". Obviously nowhere near Prince's version, but I was I actually liked it. boxed

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Reply #9 posted 01/02/13 9:43pm

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StonedImmaculate said:

I have never liked Prince and Rosie's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U". For me, it's honestly a tie between The Family's version and Sinead's.

Couldn't agree more. The version on the Hits fell so flat IMO. Though somewhere there exists Prince's guide vocals for St. Paul, and that's sure to be a treat if it ever surfaces

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Reply #10 posted 01/02/13 9:49pm

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Im a little confused. I perfer sinead o conners version of nothing compares to u and chaka's version of i feel for you. But i perfer Prince's version of when u were mine to cyndi's version. I perfer Prince's version of The Beautiful ones to anybody's.

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Reply #11 posted 01/02/13 9:51pm

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Wildboy said:



StonedImmaculate said:



I have never liked Prince and Rosie's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U". For me, it's honestly a tie between The Family's version and Sinead's.





Couldn't agree more. The version on the Hits fell so flat IMO. Though somewhere there exists Prince's guide vocals for St. Paul, and that's sure to be a treat if it ever surfaces



Y'all trippin. The Hits Version is STELLAR!
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Reply #12 posted 01/02/13 9:54pm

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BobGeorge909 said:

Wildboy said:



StonedImmaculate said:



I have never liked Prince and Rosie's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U". For me, it's honestly a tie between The Family's version and Sinead's.





Couldn't agree more. The version on the Hits fell so flat IMO. Though somewhere there exists Prince's guide vocals for St. Paul, and that's sure to be a treat if it ever surfaces



Y'all trippin. The Hits Version is STELLAR!


Oh Yeah....and Mitch Ryders version of When U Were Mine is suburb in comparison to the original....imho
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Reply #13 posted 01/03/13 2:35am

Freek999

Fol Chen - The beautiful ones. That's a cover I really love even though the original is in my top 3. of course the original is the best, but even though.

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Reply #14 posted 01/03/13 3:35pm

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Every Rose has It's Thorn - Poison

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Reply #15 posted 01/03/13 3:52pm

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kewlschool said:

I feel for you-Chaka Khan

Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O'Conner

Manic Monday-The Bangles

Agree with all of these. The parts that Stevie added with the harmonica is better than on the Prince album. Love Sinead's version of NC2U. There's more passion and heart in how she sings this. Personally feel with the lyrics that this is a woman's song than a man's.

Maniac Monday is kind of unfair as we never got an official release from Prince in any form and essentially the Bangles version is just different vocals than the unreleased Apollonia one circulating.

Want to include TLC's cover of 'Get It Up'. While the Time's has the awesome Prince guitar solo, the hip-hop tinge that Dallas Austin added to the song made this fave of mine.

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Reply #16 posted 01/03/13 7:12pm

musicman

Wildboy said:

StonedImmaculate said:

I have never liked Prince and Rosie's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U". For me, it's honestly a tie between The Family's version and Sinead's.

Couldn't agree more. The version on the Hits fell so flat IMO. Though somewhere there exists Prince's guide vocals for St. Paul, and that's sure to be a treat if it ever surfaces

That's what it is for me too. I don't feel any emotion from it. I do like his version on the One Nite Alone box set.

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Reply #17 posted 01/03/13 8:45pm

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kewlschool said:

I feel for you-Chaka Khan

Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O'Conner

Manic Monday-The Bangles

right, I agree w. you, Kewlschool. biggrin

NC2U: The Prince / Rosie duet is without passion. It is really weak, I would love to hear a Prince "studio version" with Prince doing what Sinead O'Connor did, to sing the song with full emotion in the vocals. That would be the greatest version, who knows if such a version exists....? The version by The Family sounds false to me, those strings sounds "out of tune", they don't fit the song.. imo.

When U Were Mine: Prince's original is untouchable..... the orig. version is the best and can't be reached, noone can make that song even better than Prince imho. I don't like the Cyndi Lauper version even it's a fantastic album ("She's so unusual", her breakthrough).

the Dirty Mind album is excellent, one of my all time fave Prince albums, and WUWM is one of the best songs on the album.

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Reply #18 posted 01/03/13 10:47pm

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I actually liked Holly Cole's verison of Purple Rain. The arrangement was more stripped down and I liked to hear the song from a female perspective.

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Reply #19 posted 01/04/13 12:24am

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kewlschool said:

I feel for you-Chaka Khan

Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O'Conner

Manic Monday-The Bangles

all these

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Reply #20 posted 01/04/13 1:11am

teiemka

Farfunknugin said:

Every Rose has It's Thorn - Poison

Something I'm missing here?

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Reply #21 posted 01/04/13 2:53am

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On the flip side:

I absolutely hate Prince's version of 'case of you' - it does nothing for me.

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Reply #22 posted 01/04/13 5:12am

LiLi1992

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Nothing Compares 2 U- Sinead O'Conner

really much better

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Reply #23 posted 01/04/13 5:31am

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Nothing compares 2 U by Sinead...

That is the only one. smile

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Reply #24 posted 01/04/13 11:11am

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teiemka said:

Farfunknugin said:

Every Rose has It's Thorn - Poison

Something I'm missing here?

Can't answer that for you

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Reply #25 posted 01/05/13 12:16am

kewlschool

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musicman said:

Wildboy said:

Couldn't agree more. The version on the Hits fell so flat IMO. Though somewhere there exists Prince's guide vocals for St. Paul, and that's sure to be a treat if it ever surfaces

That's what it is for me too. I don't feel any emotion from it. I do like his version on the One Nite Alone box set.

Love the one nite alone version.

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Reply #26 posted 01/05/13 4:20am

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Don't know that I prefer it but the Richard Cheese cover of Pussy Control is up there just for the madness of it. P Control in lounge singer style, awesome!

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Reply #27 posted 01/05/13 6:22am

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Prince´s version of Nothing Compares 2 U with Rosie (on the Hits album) sucks and Sinead´s version sounds better but....Prince´s rendition of Nothing Compares 2 U that he did in Buenos Aires at the River Plate Stadium in Argentina is much, much better than Sinead´s version.

Chaka´s version of I Feel For U sounds a bit more energetic than Prince´s...then again, it came out much later than Prince´s version, and the sound was of course much more up to date, they had time to update the sound a bit.

When U Were Mine is a Prince classic, and in my opinion nobody but Prince can outdo Prince with this song....only Prince himself. His rendition at First Ave. in August 1983 is by far my favorite version of that song, albeit a tad too short.

So, in a nutshell, in my opinion I Feel For U is the only Prince song that has indeed benefitted from being covered. This doesn´t mean that there are great Prince covers out there....it´s just that they are, in my opinion, not better than the original.

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Reply #28 posted 01/05/13 6:24am

remko

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Kiss bij Art of Noise / Tom Jones

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Reply #29 posted 01/05/13 11:03am

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remko said:

Kiss bij Art of Noise / Tom Jones

You prefer Tom Jone's Kiss over Prince's??

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