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Thread started 12/27/16 1:34pm

TrivialPursuit

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I Can't Make You Love Me

So, three people have famously covered the Allen Shamblin and Mike Reid penned tune. Bruce Hornsby played the piano on it, but did no co-writing. (He later added it to his set list in concert, often times.)

Bonnie Raitt put it on her Luck of the Draw album in 1991, the first version.

George Michael had already recorded it and had it as a track on Older, released January 1997, and had a very popular version on Unplugged.

prince covered it on Emancipation in 1996.


So - who did it best? My list is as noted above, 1, 2, and 3. Prince's addition of lyrics near the end, etc., makes an otherwise nice song turn hokey. GM's version is pure GM, but firmly pays homage to the original. Nothing beats Bonnie's version - the first that the public ever heard of the song at the time.

So, 1 to 3, how would you arrange the list? I hope people can listen to the song and not automatically put Prince first solely because they're a Prince fan. This is about the song itself, and who put out the best version.

Edited to correct Allen's first name spelling.

[Edited 12/27/16 13:35pm]

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Reply #1 posted 12/27/16 1:42pm

Latin

Both versions sung by Prince and George Michael are awesome.

Bonnie Raitt's version would be next best after those two versions.

Here is George Michael performing it live:


https://m.youtube.com/wat...bWJO8RMg1A

Enjoy.
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Reply #2 posted 12/27/16 2:06pm

IamBryan

sorry to say Prince's version is not good....

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Reply #3 posted 12/27/16 2:10pm

kepurplehunter

Well i only heard it from Prince & Bonnie during till now so i will try to listen to GM version soon so it's still knife digging in my soul that more are dying in 2016 has 4 days left n wonder who's next I'm calling all family members to see if they okay
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Reply #4 posted 12/27/16 2:10pm

Guitarhero

Glad to say Prince's version is very good so is George's. cool

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Reply #5 posted 12/27/16 2:13pm

Latin

kepurplehunter said:

Well i only heard it from Prince & Bonnie during till now so i will try to listen to GM version soon so it's still knife digging in my soul that more are dying in 2016 has 4 days left n wonder who's next I'm calling all family members to see if they okay

If you can, try checking out the George Michael unplugged live version I posted. It is beautiful.
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Reply #6 posted 12/27/16 2:15pm

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IMO george michaels version is simply awesome as princes is.
since prince never did a cover 1:1 but made something own out of it and I only know his studio version they are hard 2 compare.
I personally don't like bonnie raitts version so much. she hasn't the voice range (at least she doesn't show it in this song) and ... lets say I don't feel it.
there is a version from adele I like more than bonnies.

the only love there is is the love we make heart
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Reply #7 posted 12/27/16 2:41pm

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GM didn't include this track on Older nor on any of his albums.

It was included only on his unplugged presentations for the MTV series .

[Edited 12/27/16 14:42pm]

"America is a continent..."
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Reply #8 posted 12/27/16 2:42pm

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IamBryan said:

sorry to say Prince's version is not good....

eek Totally disagree. mad Love Prince's Version!! razz biggrin

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Reply #9 posted 12/27/16 2:52pm

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Astasheiks said:

IamBryan said:

sorry to say Prince's version is not good....

eek Totally disagree. mad Love Prince's Version!! razz biggrin

i gave it 2 listens back 1996 and then... barf

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Reply #10 posted 12/27/16 2:57pm

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Astasheiks said:



IamBryan said:


sorry to say Prince's version is not good....




eek Totally disagree. mad Love Prince's Version!! razz biggrin


--Vo-sign killer singing and very smooth.
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Reply #11 posted 12/27/16 2:57pm

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tritoncin said:


GM didn't include this track on Older nor on any of his albums.


It was included only on his unplugged presentations for the MTV series .


[Edited 12/27/16 14:42pm]


A studio version was released on "The Older EP" and is also available as part of the magnificent collection entitled, "Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael".
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Reply #12 posted 12/27/16 3:01pm

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Bonnie Raitt's version is very stark vocally and for me, that makes it sound much more earnest.

I hadn't heard George Michael's version (until just now) and it is stunning.

I like Prince's version, but I don't think it's the best version. His ihas more going on musically, sometimes to the detriment of the song. I haven't heard it in a month or two, but I remember thinking that something he did it with it made it more cheesy and less earnest.

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Reply #13 posted 12/27/16 3:07pm

Latin

Prince's version is good. He also added his own lyrics towards the end of the song. FYI.
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Reply #14 posted 12/27/16 3:50pm

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tritoncin said:

GM didn't include this track on Older nor on any of his albums.

It was included only on his unplugged presentations for the MTV series .

[Edited 12/27/16 14:42pm]


OOps. I so associate it with that era, but you're right. It might have been that it was a double-A side release is what makes me think that. That Unplugged version is just so beautiful. The whole thing was well recorded, and it need to be spruced up and put out on CD.

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Latin said:

Prince's version is good. He also added his own lyrics towards the end of the song. FYI.


Yeah, I mentioned that in my original post. I think the extra "in this bedroom slash church" stuff is just goofy A.F.

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Reply #16 posted 12/27/16 3:54pm

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TrivialPursuit said:



tritoncin said:



GM didn't include this track on Older nor on any of his albums.


It was included only on his unplugged presentations for the MTV series .



[Edited 12/27/16 14:42pm]




OOps. I so associate it with that era, but you're right. It might have been that it was a double-A side release is what makes me think that. That Unplugged version is just so beautiful. The whole thing was well recorded, and it need to be spruced up and put out on CD.



A studio version was released on "The Older EP" and is also available as part of the magnificent collection entitled, "Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael".
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Reply #17 posted 12/27/16 3:54pm

Latin

TrivialPursuit said:



Latin said:


Prince's version is good. He also added his own lyrics towards the end of the song. FYI.


Yeah, I mentioned that in my original post. I think the extra "in this bedroom slash church" stuff is just goofy A.F.


I missed that you mentioned the added lyrics.
[Edited 12/27/16 15:58pm]
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Reply #18 posted 12/27/16 4:02pm

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Latin said:

TrivialPursuit said:


OOps. I so associate it with that era, but you're right. It might have been that it was a double-A side release is what makes me think that. That Unplugged version is just so beautiful. The whole thing was well recorded, and it need to be spruced up and put out on CD.

A studio version was released on "The Older EP" and is also available as part of the magnificent collection entitled, "Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael".


And amazingly, it wasn't on TwentyFive nor performed on Symphonica

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Reply #19 posted 12/27/16 4:05pm

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TrivialPursuit said:



Latin said:


TrivialPursuit said:



OOps. I so associate it with that era, but you're right. It might have been that it was a double-A side release is what makes me think that. That Unplugged version is just so beautiful. The whole thing was well recorded, and it need to be spruced up and put out on CD.



A studio version was released on "The Older EP" and is also available as part of the magnificent collection entitled, "Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael".


And amazingly, it wasn't on TwentyFive nor performed on Symphonica


Symphonica was an awesome tour. Have you watched the full concert?
[Edited 12/27/16 16:14pm]
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Latin said:


Symphonica was an awesome tour. Have you watched the full concert? [Edited 12/27/16 16:14pm]


I saw parts of it, but not all yet.

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Reply #21 posted 12/28/16 12:29am

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To be honest, I think P's cover of ICMYLM isn't that great.

It suffers of the 1996-1997 P's typical "plastic" production (that I never liked so much) and I find somewhat boring.

On the other side, the GM rendition is near perfection, a strong mix of emotions and class.

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Reply #22 posted 12/28/16 8:46am

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BoraBora said:



To be honest, I think P's cover of ICMYLM isn't that great.

It suffers of the 1996-1997 P's typical "plastic" production (that I never liked so much) and I find somewhat boring.

On the other side, the GM rendition is near perfection, a strong mix of emotions and class.

Prince's Ghost should come back and "snip" slap your arse. bitchfight lol I Wish I Could see the look on his face saying his version wasn't that great! smile

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Reply #23 posted 12/28/16 9:52am

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BoraBora said:



To be honest, I think P's cover of ICMYLM isn't that great.

It suffers of the 1996-1997 P's typical "plastic" production (that I never liked so much) and I find somewhat boring.

On the other side, the GM rendition is near perfection, a strong mix of emotions and class.


Totes agree. I've long mentioned Prince's plastic or acrylic production from 1996 onward (with TRC being the exception probably). His version is will sung, and production is perfect, but it lacks character, emotion, and personality.

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Reply #24 posted 12/28/16 10:24am

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Astasheiks said:

BoraBora said:



To be honest, I think P's cover of ICMYLM isn't that great.

It suffers of the 1996-1997 P's typical "plastic" production (that I never liked so much) and I find somewhat boring.

On the other side, the GM rendition is near perfection, a strong mix of emotions and class.

Prince's Ghost should come back and "snip" slap your arse. bitchfight lol I Wish I Could see the look on his face saying his version wasn't that great! smile

Hey he knew some of his fans had no soul and would not know anything funky if it hit them in the head.

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Reply #25 posted 12/29/16 4:17pm

lleall

George's version hands down
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Reply #26 posted 12/29/16 4:24pm

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IamBryan said:

sorry to say Prince's version is not good....




I conquer. It's not even listenable to my ears.
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Reply #27 posted 12/29/16 4:54pm

Latin

Here is the studio version of the song by George Michael:

http://prince.org/msg/7/434808
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Reply #28 posted 12/29/16 4:55pm

Latin

Here is the studio version of the song by George Michael:

https://m.youtube.com/wat...3ibpb0ldSY
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Reply #29 posted 01/05/17 10:27am

scratchtasia

If you can track down the promo radio edit of Prince's version (and finding it is a challenge), it edits out those additional lyrics at the end and thus improves the song immensely.


I always liked Bonnie Raitt's version and haven't heard George Michael's yet.

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