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PHJim 11 Dec 11 - 03:17 PM
Acorn4 11 Dec 11 - 04:06 PM
dick greenhaus 11 Dec 11 - 04:43 PM
Dave Hanson 11 Dec 11 - 04:53 PM
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Subject: Cover
From: PHJim
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 03:17 PM

I have always disliked the word "cover". It is often used as a put down. I've noticed, however, that it is often used on youtube, sometimes referring to a song in the PD, like House Of The Rising Sun. Sometimes someone will say,"Here's my cover of Frank Sinatra's MY WAY." Now Frank didn't write MY WAY, nor was he the first to record it. This means someone is covering someone else's cover.
What does the word "cover" mean? There is a tune that I wrote, but never recorded. It has been recorded twice by others. Does this mean that if I record it it's a "cover"?


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Subject: RE: Cover
From: Acorn4
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 04:06 PM

I remember in the late fifties and early sixties, Woolworth's brought out "Embassy Records" which were rather second rate copies of chart hits, and I suppose this is when the idea started.


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Subject: RE: Cover
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 04:43 PM

In Pop music, the important thing is usually th singer, not the song. A "Cover"---a weird concept in traditional folk music---consists of someone recording a song that had been made popular by some other singer.


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Subject: RE: Cover
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 04:53 PM

Cover , euphamism for ' I wish I'd done that'

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Cover
From: Leadfingers
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 08:22 PM

Sadly it has become 'the done thing' to credit a singer or performer of a piece of music , rather than the composer . Why does no one ever say "The London Symphony Orchestra's Peer Gynt Suite" ?


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Subject: RE: Cover
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 12:20 AM

Following what Acorn4 says, I think that "covers" were more disdainful in the fifties and early sixties - they were "bargain record" recordings of songs made popular by others, and they were truly worthy of disdain. When my dad bought our first stereo in about 1962-63, he bought five LP records that we played over and over again. They were the eponymous Peter, Paul and Mary album, The Sound of Music performed by the Trapp Family Singers, the soundtrack to To Kill a Mockingbird, and "cover" recordings of South Pacific and My Fair Lady. The "cover" recordings sounded like elevator music. I suppose you could call the Trapp Family record a "cover," but it was terrific.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Cover
From: Tootler
Date: 12 Dec 11 - 05:38 PM

In the late 50s/early 60s it was quite common for UK bands to produce their own versions of hits from across the Atlantic, usually copying as closely as they could the original arrangement. This was where I first heard the term "Cover" used and, as Acorn4 says, such covers were usually inferior to the original.

I notice that now the term seems to have come to mean any recording of a song made famous by someone else regardless of whether the original arrangement was copied or not. This certainly seems the case on You Tube.


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