We Found 10 Alternate Versions Of Classic Rock Songs That You’ll Love
Jim Morrison and the Doors getting interviewed, 1968 - Michael 1620 / Youtube
We all could admit that not all released songs are pleasant to hear. Some of them just generally lack an element that takes away the charm or brilliance for which the artist became known. But don’t worry – with these 10 alternate versions of classic rock songs – you’ll realize that things are much better than 2nd time around. Let’s take a look at them.
The Doors: “Riders on the Storm” (Sunset Sound Demo)
The climax of Jim Morrison’s ambient vision may be found in the song “Riders on the Storm,” which is considered to be one of the best songs ever composed. The current reissue of L.A. Woman to celebrate its 50th anniversary includes a version of the song known as the Sunset Sound Demo, which, to put simply, is as iconic as the original release.
Alex Turner: “Piledriver Waltz” (Solo Version)
This lovely song piece demonstrated that Alex Turner is capable of performing a wide range of musical styles, which is evidenced by the fact that he can seldom be exquisite in this entire back catalog. The dreamy atmosphere of this romantic solo version lets the intensity of the words sink in.
David Bowie: “Sound and Vision: (2013 version)
David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision” is believed to be the pinnacle of ambient sounds when it was initially released. But in 2013, he came up with a different version, and he may very well have accomplished it. Just to put it simply, this 2013 version was a game changer.
Bob Dylan: “I Want You” (Outtake)
There’s a delightfully sustaining organ sound in this rendition of the song, which Dylan and the band recorded as their first take. Besides that, Dylan also provides a brief rehearsal of their outtake.
Nina Simone: “Ain’t Got No – I Got Life” (Hair Musical Version)
The use of a musical enhances the song’s message by giving it a zing. Nina Simone sings about the simple pleasures of life in a way that is both inspiring and reassuring, despite her hardships.
Fleetwood Mac: “Seven Wonders” (Early Version)
Stevie Nicks’ vocal is a touch more prominent in this early form of “Seven Wonders.” Fluttering flourishes and the booming pop’s rolling energy propel things forward with a notion of effortless serendipity.
Echo & The Bunnymen: “The Killing Moon” (Transformed Version)
Accordingly, this dramatic rendition of the song is an appropriate makeover of an already great piece. If you slow it down, it takes on the atmosphere of a late-night jam with the strings providing a jolt to an otherwise somber piano melody.
Blur, Françoise Hardy: “To the End” (La Comedie Version)
Anything Françoise Hardy touches turns into a work of art. This is one of the songs on this list that we can confidently say is superior to the original. Hardy’s introspective refrain brings the feeling of a new beginning home as a discourse on love, despite the lingering bitterness.
The Beatles: “Don’t Let Me Down” (Naked Version)
“Don’t Let Me Down” is an intense, raw, magnum opus. Lennon’s voice is as shredded and roaring as the guitar work that goes with it. Without its studio edit, the song marks like a plea that only gets deep when you listen until the end.
Simon & Garfunkel: “Bookends” (Single Mix)
Maybe the shortest and sweetest song ever, Simon & Garfunkel manages to say a lot with just a few chords, a few strings, and a bunch of perfectly chosen words; making the song an excellent piece.