Best Covers of All-Time: Round of 64, Day 9

By Sebastian Wahl...

By Sebastian Wahl

A couple serious contenders in the mix today.  You can listen to them at the bottom of this playlist and vote by commenting below by Wednesday at 11:59pm.

#1 All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix) vs. #16 It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (Van Morrison).  All Along the Watchtower was the posterchild for our rule a few years ago that no covers were allowed if they were better known than the original.  Dylan himself changed the way he played this song live after hearing Jimi’s version (which came out the same year, btw.) Let’s see if Van the Man can put up any resistance in HIS Bob Dylan cover.

#4 Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel K.) vs. #13 Cottonfields (Beach Boys).  Also making his tourney debut tonight is one of the darlings from last Covers tournament, Israel K. on his ukelele.

#2 House of the Rising Sun (Animals) vs. Pursuit of Happiness (Lissie).  The Animals, who are quite British, made this old New Orleans standard famous.  They are vulnerable for an upset against Lissie, one of the highest performing acts of the pre-lims.

#3 Valerie (Amy Winehouse) vs. #14 Stay Awhile (She and Him).  Valerie was another breakout star of the last covers tournament, making it all the way to the finals. Amy and Zooey couldn’t have more different personas, but they both sure can sing.

We have four more Round of 64 matchups after these, so we’ll finish those tomorrow.

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7 Responses to Best Covers of All-Time: Round of 64, Day 9

  1. aiko says:

    I’m sorry I haven’t been playing! This time of the school year is killer. But I figure after grading that many essays this weekend I can take a little break. I’m a little rusty on my voting scale but here we go.

    #1 All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix) vs. #16 It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (Van Morrison).
    6.8 to 4.5
    Classic rock…. *shrug* As that second song went on its score just kept dropping. Boring. Actually I didn’t even finish listening to it.

    #4 Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel K.) vs. #13 Cottonfields (Beach Boys).
    8.8 to 7.7
    My grandma just died and we played somewhere over the rainbow at her funeral. Not this version, but… this is a great song, and he does a great job. I love the Beach Boys a lot, but I don’t know if they do a twangy song that well.

    #2 House of the Rising Sun (Animals) vs. Pursuit of Happiness (Lissie).
    8 to 6.5
    Sometimes I really feel Rising Sun. Tonight was one of those nights.

    #3 Valerie (Amy Winehouse) vs. #14 Stay Awhile (She and Him).
    7.7 to 7
    I may have binge watched all of New Girl over the past month, which added between +.05 and +1 to my She&Him score.

  2. Adam S says:

    #1 All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix) vs. #16 It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (Van Morrison). 8 – 6

    #4 Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel K.) vs. #13 Cottonfields (Beach Boys). 6 – 4

    #2 House of the Rising Sun (Animals) vs. Pursuit of Happiness (Lissie). 9 – 7

    #3 Valerie (Amy Winehouse) vs. #14 Stay Awhile (She and Him). 7-6

  3. Dem Adam says:

    #1 All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix) vs. #16 It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (Van Morrison) = 9.5 to 6.5

    I had no idea Beck sampled this, nor that it was a sample. Again, learn something every day!! Really cool.

    #4 Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel K.) vs. #13 Cottonfields (Beach Boys). 6.5 to 4.5

    #2 House of the Rising Sun (Animals) vs. Pursuit of Happiness (Lissie). = 8.5 to 3.5

    Still love how angry the animals always sound. Lissie’s guitar or guitarist’s guitar is very out of tune. yikes!

    #3 Valerie (Amy Winehouse) vs. #14 Stay Awhile (She and Him). 6 to 6.5

  4. All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix) = 9
    It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (Van Morrison) = 6

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel K.) = 8
    Cottonfields (Beach Boys) = 5

    House of the Rising Sun (Animals) = 10 (A perfect song. Only in danger of losing points due to overuse in film and general overexposure)
    Pursuit of Happiness (Lissie) = 6

    Valerie (Amy Winehouse) = 7 (Holy shit. I never heard the mumbled intro quote: “I’m sorry, Charlie Murphy, I was having too much fun.” Brilliant – I kinda LOVE the Arctic Monkeys cover of her “You Know I’m No Good”)
    Stay Awhile (She and Him) = 5.5

  5. janos marton says:

    #1 All Along the Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix) vs. #16 It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (Van Morrison)
    Me: 9.5 : 7.5
    Anna: 7 : 6

    #4 Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Israel K.) vs. #13 Cottonfields (Beach Boys).
    Anna: 9.5 : 8.5
    Me: 9 : 9

    #2 House of the Rising Sun (Animals) vs. Pursuit of Happiness (Lissie).
    Anna: 7 : 8
    Me 8.5 : 7

    #3 Valerie (Amy Winehouse) vs. #14 Stay Awhile (She and Him).
    Me: 7.5 : 8 I love Valerie, but Stay Awhile is so soothing, kind of what everyone needs right now.
    Anna 6 : 9

  6. Daddy-O says:

    All Along the Watchtower – 7.0
    All Over Now – 6.0

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow – 8.0
    Cottonfields – 6.0

    House of the Rising Sun – 7.5
    Pursuit of Happiness – 5.0

    Valerie – 7.0
    Stay Awhile – 7.5
    Usually like Amy but Stay Awhile won tonight.

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