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A Playlist of Your Favorite Cover Songs

  • September 19, 2020

Welcome. Last week I asked you to send your favorite cover songs. We received a fantastic assortment of tracks, some classic covers (Billy Stewart’s “Summertime”), some recent renditions (Laura Marling’s “Blues Run the Game”). We’ve compiled the submissions in a Spotify playlist where you can spend a few hours in audio bliss.

Listening to so many covers reminded me to visit an old favorite, Sandie Shaw’s version of The Smiths’s “Jeane.” In this case, I prefer the cover to the original, Ms. Shaw’s simpler guitar and vocals to The Smiths’s drum-heavy take.

Ms. Shaw rose to fame in the United Kingdom with another cover, 1964’s “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me,” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. That version wasn’t as well known in the United States as those by Dionne Warwick (who recorded the original demo), Lou Johnson or Naked Eyes. Perhaps even less known to U.S. audiences is Ms. Shaw’s cover of the song in French, “Toujours un coin qui me rappelle,” which I like more than her English version. That’s the thrill of cover songs in the digital age: investigating their provenance takes you to unexpected corners, small discoveries.

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