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While I’m here and thinking about it, I’ve been listening to a lot of live concerts lately: The Radiators, Government Mule, Widespread Panic, moe., String Cheese Incident, and for some reason Lou Reed. One of the things that fascinates me is when bands do covers of songs that seem to me to turn out better than the originals.

Right now I’m listening to String Cheese Incident’s cover of Kashmir. SCI’s version, at least in my mind beats Zepplin’s because I’m not all that fond of Robert Plant’s voice and the SCI version has the whole extended jam thing in it. Government Mule does a cover of Low Spark of High-heeled boys that comes pretty close to the original. The Radiators do several, but I’m especially partial to their cover of Crystal Ship by the Doors. And frankly, the Cowboy Junkies version of Sweet Jane beats Lou Reed all to hell, mostly because they can actually sing.

So, I’m soliciting suggestions. If you know of a band that does a cover that is better than the original, feel free to leave me a suggestion.

Update:  Add String Cheese Incident’s cover of Aerosmith’s Walk This Way to the list.  I’m guessing this is the definitive electric bluegrass version.

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