August 18, 2008
To which I thought, “Yes! I don’t have to come up with my own open thread discussion tonight!” (Seriously folks, start suggesting some in the comments. Please.)
There is one cover that I think absolutely decimates the original, even though it’s pretty darn good on its own. Dolly Parton’s “The Grass is Blue” isn’t just the title track of her bluegrass set. It’s the high point.
But Norah Jones’ cover of it is far better. She turns it into a haunting piano ballad, and it works better in her jazzy style. I love when she covers country songs. She’s done fantastic versions of “Wurlitzer Prize”, “Cold, Cold Heart” and “For the Good Times”, too.
What covers do you think are better than the original recordings?