Thursday, April 16, 2009

Remaking the Classics

Should the classics be remade? I wonder about this whenever I hear an old song remade. I've heard some and been okay with them. And I've heard some and just cringed. I nearly wrecked the car once when I heard Norma Zimmer (of the Lawrence Welk Show) come over the radio singing the Beatles 'Yesterday.' And then there are other remakes end up sounding better than the original. Below I leave you two examples that I think are better than the original. I also give you one that I'm not so sure of, even though I like the remake.

Here's the original by Patsy Cline

And the remake by LeAnn Rimes.

I don't think LeAnn does that bad. How 'bout you? I love Patsy's music, and she single handidly opened a lot of doors for future generations of country music's brightest female performers. But I think you gotta give a slight edge to LeAnn.

Here's another example. Sammi Smith singing Kris Kristofferson's Help Me Make it Through the night.

And here's Martina McBride, with an intro from Kris himself.

This one's a slam dunk in favor of Martina. She just sings it with so much more heart and soul. But that's my opinion. What's yours?

Lastly.... Here's one from the Fab Four.

I've always loved the Beatles and this song. And until the day I die I will always regard them as being the greatest Rock 'n Roll band in the world! Better then the Stones, the Who, the Dead, the Eagles, Skynyrd, INXS, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, N'SYNC(if those clowns can be called a band) and even these guys (who I love)...

...Here's Cheap Trick with a Rockin' remake of Day Tripper. Check out Rick Nielson's guitar!

Oh, and here's a little added treat.

Here's Gretchen Wilson & Alice in Chains taking a classic and turning up the voltage! Check out who comes out to play with them!

1 comment:

June said...

Call me old fashioned, but I prefer the classics...though Martina's is one new version I really like.