1. Soul Kitchen – X (I love the Doors, they’re probably one of my favorite bands ever, but the X cover of Soul Kitchen is way better than the original. I do think it’s very cool that John Dinsmore produced the Los Angeles record, you can hear Doors influences all over it)
2. Hurt – Johnny Cash. (who’d have thought Johnny Cash could so totally own a song written by Trent Reznor? But he does. Man do I love this song. Haunting, so much more so than the original)
3. Dizzy Miss Lizzy – Beatles (Many people don’t know this one is a cover but it’s one of my favorites and the Beatles did a fabulous job)
4. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley (There are several remakes of this song, Rufus Wainright also does one but Buckley’s always makes me want to weep)
5. The Man Who Sold the World – Nirvana (I love the original too, but Nirvana nailed it)
6. Respect – Aretha (Now don’t get me wrong, I think Otis Redding is the man. I love him and his songs but Aretha made this song as much as it made her. It fits her far better.)
7. If You Don’t Know Me – Simply Red (I love this remake of the original Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes song)
8. Highway 61 Revisited – PJ Harvey (It takes big brass balls to remake a Bob Dylan song and own it, PJ Harvey is who I want to be when I grow up and turn into a rock star)
9. Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix (It’s Jimi, he completely kicked ass when he covered Watchtower too)
10. Proud Mary – Ike and Tina (I love CCR, I do, but Tina’s energy on this song makes it hers)
11. Susie Q – CCR (now this one is a cover of a Dale Hawkins song. Every time I hear it, I think about that scene in Apocalypse Now)
12. Time Is On My Side – Rolling Stones (Irma Thomas did this one in the early 50’s but Mick’s voice and the Stones’ arrangement is better I think)
13. Baba O’Riley – Pearl Jam (This is one where I enjoy the original almost as much but I’ve seen PJ sing it live several times and I love their energy on it and I think Ed’s voice is perfect for it)
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