50 Great Neil Young Covers

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1. Cowboy Junkies "Powderfinger"
2. St. Etienne "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"

Joint Custody (ian), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

not sure there are 50 great ones honestly (the St. Etienne one is probably the best)

shake hands with Gongo? (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

3. The Feelies - Sedan Delivery
4. Boney M - Heart Of Gold
5. Devo - Ohio

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

6. Lady Gaga - Out On The Weekend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIeCrj_Gn6A&feature=player_embedded

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

stretching the definition of great there but had to get that in

Jamie_ATP, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

7. Pixies - Winterlong
8. Pixies - I've Been Waiting For You

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Nicolette Larson - Lotta Love

Number None, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

10. Sonic Youth "computer age"

Trip Maker, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

11. Dinosaur Jr. - Lotta Love

willem, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

i mean, the whole Bridge tribute CD is pretty decent, as far as tribute albums go ...

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

12. Ian Matthews - Tell Me Why

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

13. Built To Spill - Cortez The Killer

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

14. The Walkabouts - On the Beach

Ari (whenuweremine), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

15. OP8 - round and round

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baz8W1dkPFQ

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

16. Feelies - Barstool Blues

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

17. low and dirty three - down by the river

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

18. Linda Ronstadt - Birds

velko, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

that GaGa version is terrible she can't even keep the melody together wtf

shake hands with Gongo? (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

19. Yung Wu - Powderfinger
20. Wooden Shjips - Vampire Blues

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 21:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

not the one in Rachel Getting Married

Rage, Resentment, Spleen (Dr Morbius), Friday, 15 January 2010 21:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

21. Phish - Albuquerque

(apparently their 1998 Farm Aid version of "Down By the River" was something to behold too, but I've nev er heard it)

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Friday, 15 January 2010 22:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

22. Gillian Welch - Pocahontas

pauls00, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

xp: There is a youtube of it, but I can't watch right now

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Friday, 15 January 2010 22:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

I found a used copy of Borrowed Tunes II last week, and a I've got a vinyl copy of Headed for the Ditch: a Michigan Tribute to Neil Young on order. It's something of an obsession: I think I'm up to 350-400 cover versions, approximately 25 hours' worth. Hard to know where to begin, but three of the best (and perhaps most surprising) would be 23. Psychic TV's "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," 24. Francoise Hardy's "Till the Morning Comes," and 25. Bongwater's "Mr. Soul."

clemenza, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

24. Francoise Hardy's "Till the Morning Comes" -- whoa, never heard this!

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

26. Byrds - See the Sky About To Rain

tylerw, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Emmylou Harris, "Wrecking Ball"

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Francoise Hardy's "Till the Morning Comes"

i was gonna post that!

velko, Friday, 15 January 2010 22:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

flaming lips - "after the goldrush"

kamerad, Friday, 15 January 2010 23:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Everybody's Rockin" John Lee Hooker

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Mystery Train" Elvis Presley

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:06 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Oh Lonesome Me" Don Gibson

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Payola Blues" - ???

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^^ Albert Lee

┌∩┐(◕_◕)┌∩┐ (Steve Shasta), Friday, 15 January 2010 23:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Isley Brothers - Ohio
Buddy Miles - Down By the River
Merry Clayton - Southern Man - righteous and mighty where the original is just pissy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4czTIjYwGlc

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

skullflower 'cortez the killer'

PIMMS SNAKE (haitch), Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

So weird - I was thinking of starting this exact thread yesterday when Walter Clevinger & The Dairy King's great cover of "Burned" came up on shuffle.

So that.

Did you say you were going to mangle the light? (staggerlee), Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Radiohead did a nice "On the Beach:"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQARzXtc2ik

Radiohead has also done "Down by the River" and 'Cinnamon Girl."

I've heard Golden Smog do a great "Revolution Blues" before. Uncle Tupelo did "Cortez."

Wedding Present did an OK "Don't Cry No Tears."

Nick Cave's "Helpless" is really good. So is Roxy Music's OTT Latin-disco-rock "Like a Hurricane."

Sort of a hard act to cover! Are we still counting?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 16 January 2010 00:59 (eight years ago) Permalink

Cowboy Junkies- "Tired Eyes"

Now, Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQAcJzIhSJ8

(From above) I was at this show and fell asleep listening to this.

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

In a good way.

Kylie is a vacant Phifer (kingkongvsgodzilla), Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

47. Jack Logan - On The Beach

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

damn that merry clayton cover is fantastic, thanks dorian

Jamie_ATP, Saturday, 16 January 2010 01:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

That Merry Clayton cover is indeed fantastic. Anyway, a few more, though not all great by any means...

Neil Young cover versions

Phil Will, Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

48. "Love is a Rose" by Linda Ronstadt

banjoboy, Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Love is a nose, but you'd better not pick it..."

Did you say you were going to mangle the light? (staggerlee), Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

Buddy Miles - Down By the River

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LH9eFMvhOw

President Keyes, Saturday, 16 January 2010 02:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5KRVtjgMkM

that's not my post, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

49. The Pooh Sticks: "The Rhythm of Love"

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

50. Waylon Jennings - "Are You Ready For the Country?"

Stormy Davis, Saturday, 16 January 2010 04:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

Had no idea Sylvester covered "Southern Man":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAIcKuF3ZCo

clemenza, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 02:04 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Stumbled over this tonight when I was checking to see if I had something else. From 1979: quite bizarre.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtoYYvU5ktg

clemenza, Sunday, 8 March 2015 03:43 (three years ago) Permalink

That Sylvester cover of Skynyrd is bad ass.

earlnash, Monday, 9 March 2015 00:35 (three years ago) Permalink

I really like this one from a few years back:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_37kdxtw8wY

That shit right there is precedented. (cryptosicko), Monday, 9 March 2015 01:47 (three years ago) Permalink

Lee Ann Womack did a great version of "Out on the Weekend" last year on The Way I'm Livin'/ Govt Mule did a suitably epic (which doesn't just mean "long") version of "Cortez the Killer" on Live...With A Little Help From Our Friends in '99.

dow, Monday, 9 March 2015 02:15 (three years ago) Permalink

Merry Clayton - Southern Man - righteous and mighty where the original is just pissy

― Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Friday, January 15, 2010 7:34 PM (5 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

So, thanks to discovering this thread I've spent much of the evening listening to Neil Young covers, and this comment is as OTM as it gets. I never liked "Southern Man" for the very reason stated above, but Clayton's version feels earned. She can talk about this because she's lived it. For anyone else who missed it the first time, and doesn't feel like scrolling upthread, here it is again:

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That shit right there is precedented. (cryptosicko), Monday, 9 March 2015 03:31 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TBUH-9I_xA

just sayin, Thursday, 12 March 2015 22:28 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

ILM user ___________________ (I know his actual name, but his display name's all weird characters....) sent me a link for this:

http://www.philxmilstein.com/probe/index.htm

A few things in there I've never come across.

clemenza, Sunday, 4 February 2018 14:05 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Another excellent roundup, passed on to me by cryptosicko:

http://coverlaydown.com/2018/03/recovered-in-folk-neil-young-44-redefining-tracks-from-a-decade-in-tribute/

I'm closing in on 700 Neil covers on my hard drive. Anyone know how to get in touch with, um, Neil Young? I think he should spend the next year securing all legal clearances and add a covers section to his archival website.

clemenza, Friday, 16 March 2018 17:16 (four months ago) Permalink

hmmm I find that collection surprisingly underwhelming, maybe it's the aesthetics, maybe Neil's hard to cover

I like the Built to Spill Cortez

niels, Saturday, 17 March 2018 12:15 (four months ago) Permalink

I'm just hoarding at this point--I don't even listen to them anymore. I'd worked up an excellent mix-CD a few years ago.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 March 2018 15:54 (four months ago) Permalink

haha, cool

can I see your mix cd tracklist?

niels, Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:06 (four months ago) Permalink

Found it and put it on Google Docs:

http://docs.google.com/document/d/1-eBYRbX1QUe5iejXjCw7DamYmJRmOWajThfc0d9CmgQ/edit?usp=sharing

That goes back 10 years, when I probably had half of what I have now. So there'd be some changes, I'm sure. You can probably figure out what the Chris Farley excerpt is if you give it some thought.

clemenza, Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:22 (four months ago) Permalink

nice, that's an interesting mix!

niels, Saturday, 17 March 2018 18:44 (four months ago) Permalink

51. Killdozer -" Cinnamon Girl"

Don't miss that one ^^

... (Eazy), Saturday, 17 March 2018 23:23 (four months ago) Permalink

While tagging songs from these last two links, discovered a couple of full-length albums I didn't know about: Blitzen Trapper's Live Harvest, a Record Store Day thing, and J. Tillman covering the whole Tonight's the Night LP.

http://phildellio.tripod.com/trapper.jpg http://phildellio.tripod.com/tillman.jpg

clemenza, Sunday, 18 March 2018 15:29 (four months ago) Permalink

has this one been mentioned yet? i dig it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRBUAkOOMYE

tylerw, Sunday, 18 March 2018 15:44 (four months ago) Permalink

Nobody's mentioned The Chromatics, Into The Black

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 18 March 2018 16:03 (four months ago) Permalink

Once you start down the rabbit hole..."Even Richard Cheney has got soul."

http://soundcloud.com/rfp86/campaigner-originally-by-neil-young

(If anybody can turn this into an mp3 for me, I'd be very appreciative.)

clemenza, Sunday, 18 March 2018 20:34 (four months ago) Permalink

And this, the entirety of Decade (I probably have a lot of it already, but I can see some things that are new to me).

http://www.covermesongs.com/2012/10/full-albums-neil-youngs-decade-part-one.html

clemenza, Sunday, 18 March 2018 20:37 (four months ago) Permalink

Seven years ago, when I picked "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" as my favourite song ever in a Facebook countdown, I called it "the most indestructible of Neil’s songs for anyone who tries to cover him." Rickie Lee Jones, whose version I'd never heard till today, walks right up to that line. The song sort of survives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjYQ36lGIcY

clemenza, Monday, 19 March 2018 00:34 (four months ago) Permalink

I think the song makes it

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https://www.klickaud.com/ or
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niels, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 19:38 (four months ago) Permalink

I haven't, thanks...they're okay? I'd only do it in really isolated instances like this.

clemenza, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 22:49 (four months ago) Permalink

I guess the legality would be disputable, but yeah, it works

something like this app would be more stable, customizable https://www.4kdownload.com/

niels, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 07:34 (four months ago) Permalink

My favourites

Chromatics - into the black
Tori Amos - Philadelphia
Annie Lennox - don't let it bring you down

tinnitus the night (Ross), Wednesday, 21 March 2018 15:51 (four months ago) Permalink

Niels: had no problem, thanks again. (Will probably start searching for more Neil covers there...)

clemenza, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:52 (four months ago) Permalink

I don't think anyone saw this one coming:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77Ycxql63nY

Dangleballs and the Ballerina (cryptosicko), Monday, 26 March 2018 21:05 (three months ago) Permalink

lol yes! love how he hams it up during the one note solo

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 26 March 2018 23:31 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBIj2NxdbZE

aqxmission, Friday, 30 March 2018 00:32 (three months ago) Permalink

I guess the original is either in a different key or slightly off key or Neil does smth weird with his voice because both this and the excellent Buddy Miles version has something off about the vocals (not necessarily in a bad way) particularly on the "when you could be taking me for a riiiiiide" line

niels, Friday, 30 March 2018 07:52 (three months ago) Permalink

KD Lang - Helpless
Neko Case - Dreaming man

while my dirk gently weeps (symsymsym), Friday, 30 March 2018 17:02 (three months ago) Permalink

Ida - Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere

that's not my post, Friday, 30 March 2018 20:38 (three months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Chris Forsyth - Don't Be Denied

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6dUriWmnh

Brad C., Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:50 (one week ago) Permalink

https://chrisforsyth1.bandcamp.com/track/dont-be-denied

Brad C., Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Roxy Music's "Like A Hurricane" is so incredible, it sounds like a Roxy song, even the lyrics ("Once I thought I saw you, in crowded, hazy bar") seem like Roxy lyrics.

That and Killdozer's "Cinnamon Girl", which points for having, some how, and even more inept rhythm section that the Horse

chr1sb3singer, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 18:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Does CSNY doing Down By The River at Balboa park in 1969 count as a cover? Never sure if the writer is on board.
Anyway 19 minutes of guitar burn including a hypnotically repetitive element from one of the players.
NOt sure if it is available anywhere legally yet but it does circulate on bootleg which is why i've heard it.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:19 (one week ago) Permalink

think Y is on that one

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:26 (one week ago) Permalink

no what I meant was never sure if it counts as a cover if the writer/original artist is onboard i.e. later band with writer as central player or contemporary alternative band to the main one the artist is known for when artist is a permanent player in both bands.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Intuitive call: I probably wouldn't count that, but I would count Neil joining R.E.M. for their cover of "Ambulance Blues" (some fan-club record put out by R.E.M., with a great lyric change to accommodate Bill Clinton).

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 19:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Definitely Tori Amos Philadelphia

Ross, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:02 (one week ago) Permalink

was never sure if it counts as a cover if the writer/original artist is onboard

omg I got into an epic argument w my bass player years ago about this very subject when he insisted on calling Spiritualized's version of "Lord Can You Hear Me" a cover, because Spiritualized is ostensibly a "different" band than Spacemen 3, even though both feature Jason Pierce and it's his song

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:04 (one week ago) Permalink

i mean, if you wrote a song and you are performing it, it's not a cover, right?

tylerw, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:47 (one week ago) Permalink

my point exactly

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah just never sure if you could cover yourself years later since you're going to be in a different context, chronologically at least and probably mentally. maybe in terms of style too. & playing style with different players in your band is likely to change a bit or at least the surroundings will.
So what word would you use to differentiate between different versions?

With CSN there's a lot more melodic guitar burn. I thought the version that's shown in the Big Sur film was really nice for that and the Balboa park version is much longer.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:54 (one week ago) Permalink

has the undisputed truth's "down by the river" hit this thread yet?

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Thursday, 12 July 2018 02:33 (one week ago) Permalink

So what word would you use to differentiate between different versions?

performance

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:26 (one week ago) Permalink

you're going to be in a different context, chronologically at least and probably mentally

this different context is happening continuously, from writing the song, to demoing it, to rehearsing it, to recording it, to touring it, etc. i would even argue there is no "original context" for a song outside the abstracting of an official record release, which is still a document of a single performance.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:30 (one week ago) Permalink

have we done simply red's 'mellow my mind' yet? i heard it in a hotel lobby while jetlagged out of my mind a few months ago and had something close to a psychotic break in response
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOfWPsFpuHY

look, you’re just gonna get gravy on the baby sometimes 🤷‍♂️ (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:31 (one week ago) Permalink

really disappointing that mick chooses not to emulate neil's wobbly, off-key delivery of 'railroad traaaaaaaack' tbh

look, you’re just gonna get gravy on the baby sometimes 🤷‍♂️ (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 12 July 2018 12:34 (one week ago) Permalink


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