Friday, August 26, 2011


Over the years as a producer, I have attempted to re-create (or just stumble through) some of my favorite songs, both live and in the studio. Through this process I have had to ask myself- what makes for a good cover version? Should a cover be a faithful rendition? A complete re-interpretation? A genre, vibe or tempo flip? And should some songs, for whatever reason, not be touched with a ten foot pole?

The first step seems to be picking the right song to cover. How many cover versions of average or downright horrible songs have you heard (not to be confused with 'How many horrible versions of songs have you heard?'... think karaoke)? Probably few to none- what is the point of re-living a lackluster, unmemorable musical moment? Thus it should be no surprise that a well-written, catchy, thoughtful, layered, message-laden classic makes for perfect cover version fodder. Hence the frequency of Beatles, Stevie, Sly Stone, Burt Bacharach, Doors etc. covers I found while rifling through my records for this week's 'Cover Version Special'. A great song will usually inspire a slew of cover versions, often times released within a mere few years or less of the original release (or so it went back when vinyl was still being produced and jazz musicians had to find new ways to pay their bills).

Be warned- this week's show is a haphazard live-to-air assembly of a diverse array classics as you've never (or seldomly) heard before. With Frank Booker on leave this week and 3 new interns in the house it was hectic and fun all at the same time... (Biggups Jana, Koko B Ware and Shake n Blake, our newest additions to the HIQI fandamily)

{Another note, this will be Part 1 of a series as there are still a good many versions that need to be played, not to mention most of the playlist is pre-1990...}




  1. Dennis Mobley and Fresh Taste – Superstition [P&P Records] /Stevie Wonder
  2. Mike Mandel – Peg (Community Service Edit) [Vanguard] /Steely Dan
  3. Chaka Khan – We Can Work It out [Warner] /The Beatles
  4. Black Heat - Drive My Car [Atlantic] /The Beatles
  5. Rueben Wilson – Stoned Out of My Mind [Cadet Records] /The Chi-Lites
  6. The Wailers – What’s New Pussycat [Studio One] /Tom Jones
  7. The Scribes of Ra– Problemes D’Amour (Dan Aikido Re-rub) [White] /Alexander Robotnik
  8. Angela Bofill – People Make the World Go Around [GRP] / The Stylistics
  9. Slingshot – Shook Me All Night Long [Quality Records] / AC-DC
  10. Yellow Magic Orchestra – Tighten Up [A&M] /Archie Bell and the Drells
  11. The Dirtbombs – Cosmic Cars [In the Red Records] /Cybotron
  12. The Clash – Police and Thieves [Sony] /Junior Murvin
  13. Devo – Satisfaction [Warner Bros] /The Rolling Stones
  14. Trouble Funk – Trouble Funk Express [Funky Delicacies] /Kraftwerk
  15. EU – Family Affair [T.T.E.D Records] /Sly and the Family Stone
  16. Travis Biggs – Fly Like an Eagle [Souljazz] /The Steve Miller Band
  17. Minnie Ripperton – Light my Fire [Capitol] /The Doors
  18. Young Holt Unlimited – Light My Fire [Brunswick Records] /The Doors
  19. Jimmy Castor Bunch– Purple Haze/Foxy Lady [RCA Stereo] /Jimi Hendrix
  20. Love – Hey Joe [Golden Archive] /The Leaves (and Jimi Hendrix)
  21. Simtec and Wylie – Maggie May [Mercury] /Rod Stewart
  22. The Faboulous Counts – Hey Jude [Cotillion Records] /The Beatles
  23. The Nite-Liters – Valdez in the Country [RCA Records] /Donny Hathaway
  24. Stevie Wonder – We Can Work It Out [Tamla Motown] /The Beatles
  25. Syreeta – She’s Leaving Home [Mwest] /The Beatles
  26. Jose Feliciano – Golden Lady [RCA Victor] /Stevie Wonder
  27. The New Birth – Fire and Rain [RCA] /James Taylor
  28. Average White Band – Walk On By [Atlantic] /Isacc Hayes
  29. Byron Lee and the Dragonaires- Apache [Dynamite Soul] /Incredible Bongo Band
  30. Ernest Ranglin– Congo Man Chant [Island Jamaica Jazz] /The Congos
  31. Process and the Doo Rags- Thin Line Between Love and Hate [Columbia] /The Persuaders


HIQI Aug. 22, 2011- The Cover Version Special Pt. 1
HIQI Aug. 22, 2011- The Cover Version Special Pt. 2

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