What is a cover version

The history of the cover version

is called a musical composition that was previously sounded and performed by another musician. It is so often the case that hits that have rattled in the past, with the help of an arrangement or through an unusual manner of performance, get a second life. Incidentally, the cover version is one of the remake variety.

The word “cover” itself came from the English verb cover, meaning “to cover”. Some musicians are not limited to one or two covers, but work professionally in this genre. Such bands are called cover bands, and the discs they release are referred to as tributes.

For example, what about Bill was created specifically to work in this direction? , which quails and makes arrangements of already released songs.

Cover versions that bypassed the original

Truth, there were situations where the cover version was much more popular than the original. This happened in the case of the song The man who soled the world, which is hard to imagine not performed by the band Nirvana. However, the song was released on David Bowie’s album back in 1970, had little success and was forgotten until the band decided to perform it in their own original interpretation. .

Penetrated I will always love you performed by Whitney Houston even before the film “Bodyguard” was sung by American Dolly Parton. The song, by the way, enjoyed success, but only became truly popular by Houston.

Another composition — Fields of gold — is one of Sting’s most famous and moving compositions. However, she does have a very gentle and lyrical cover version that could collaborate with the original – it was performed by singer Eva Cassidy, a famous American cover artist. Perhaps her melodic versions might have pleased listeners so far had it not been for an early death — the singer died at the age of 33 from a malignant tumor (melanoma).

Leonard Cohen’s touching Hallelujah song is probably one of the most frequently interpreted songs. In total there are about 200 different versions of her performance. However, Cohen admits, he doesn’t mind at all. And if the original itself strikes not only with the depth of its text, but also with the original manner of precisely Cohenian performance, then Jeff Buckley’s version is unequivocally recognized as the most dramatic and penetrative.

Somewhere over the rainbow was written by composer Edgar Harburg specifically for the film “The Wizard of Oz”, and performed this song by the lovely Judy Garland. Over a few decades, the composition survived many arrangements, but the most tender of these was a version by Hawaiian Israel Kamakawiwole. Despite imposing dimensions (height 190 cm and weight at 343 kilograms), the singer had a very gentle voice. Therefore, this performance can be considered one of the most touching and romantic.

Russian singers are active in the genre of cover versions. Among them: Sergey Minaev, Philip Kirkorov, Anastasia Stotskaya, Victoria Daineko and others. True, so far these tunes win the hearts of mostly Russian viewers.

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