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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Third Most Covered Artist of All Time: Neil Young

Neil Young is considered to be the third most covered artist of all time, at least as ranked by the article "Purple Words on a Grey Background: Four Decades of Neil Young Covers" by Phil Dellio in Stylus Magazine. Only The Beatles and Bob Dylan are ahead of Neil of other artists covering their songs.

The article does a pretty comprehensive job laying out artists that have covered the classics as well as the obscurities.


Devo's "Ohio"
has always been a personal favorite.


At 9/15/2007 07:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9/16/2007 12:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To any Neil Young fans who enjoy blues guitar, please listen to Roy Buchanan's version of "Down by the River". It's on his album "You are not alone" and it's probably the greatest non-Neil version of one of Neil's songs.

At 9/16/2007 03:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you go to Neils section at ticketmaster they have his album under chrome hearts 2.check it out, its kinda like when they messed up by saying crazy horse would be touring with him.Are they all on drugs over there?

At 9/16/2007 06:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buddy Miles' "Down by the river" version, on the album "Them Changes", is worth the listening. Quite slower than the original, but full of electric guitars & organs.w

At 9/16/2007 12:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always liked Wilco's "Burned"

At 9/16/2007 02:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Los Lobos did a blistering version of Cinammon Girl in Urbana IL friday night...Neil would have been proud.

At 9/16/2007 04:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Widespread Panic does a lot of Neil songs.Walk On,L.A.,Dont be Denied,Mr. Soul.and more.They are basically a Neil cover band.

At 9/17/2007 04:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love Tom Rapp from Pearls Before Swine's version of "After the Goldrush."

At 9/18/2007 03:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Linda Ronstadt also covered 'Birds' and 'Look out For My Love'.

At 9/18/2007 03:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob Dylan also covered 'Old Man' in mid-80 (on stage).

At 9/19/2007 10:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sleeps with Angels - Astrid Young
check it out

At 9/19/2007 01:26:00 PM, Blogger Adam said...

Built to Spill's Cortez the Killer is my favourite Neil cover.

At 9/19/2007 02:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pearl Jam and U2 also covered 'Rocking in the Free World' (on stage).

At 9/19/2007 02:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pearl Jam also covered "fucking up" in concert.

At 9/19/2007 05:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Beat Farmers do a nice rendition of Powderfinger

At 9/19/2007 08:39:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I listened to Astrid Young's Sleeps With Angels and yeah it's pretty good, I was surprised... Whoever her guitarist is, he's pretty good. You can see the influence of Black Sabbath on her music definitely, she's got a very metallic sound, but overall I am blown away, very impressive rendition.

At 9/20/2007 12:38:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jules Gray does a great version of Southern Pacific. It's on his self-titled album on Oporto Records. He really makes the song his own, but is very respectful to the original version as well.

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At 9/20/2007 01:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

RDR said...
I listened to Astrid Young's Sleeps With Angels and yeah it's pretty good, I was surprised... Whoever her guitarist is, he's pretty good. You can see the influence of Black Sabbath on her music definitely, she's got a very metallic sound, but overall I am blown away, very impressive rendition.

9/19/2007 07:39:00 PM

astrid young: vocals
tim wayling: vocals
marc ganetakos: dobro, lap steel, electric guitar
neil williamson: electric guitar
mike cosantino: bass
corky laing: drums/percussion

the credits on her blog

Hey RDR I agree, I love her take on this song.

At 9/20/2007 02:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ammendment: My sound editor friend pointed out to me that I left out all the important details,herewith REVISED

produced and arranged by Astrid Young
engineered by astrid young,marc ganetakos,Ken Harnden
mixed by ken harnden at pinnacle music studios belleville

Sleeps with Angels

At 9/20/2007 01:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretenders covered a rock version of 'needle an the damage done' on stage (as opening act for Neil Young's summer tour of 2000) in Toronto.

At 9/20/2007 09:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dave Matthews Band (featuring Warren Haynes)does a great version of "Cortez The Killer" on their live in central park DVD.

At 9/21/2007 05:48:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dylan covered Old Man in 2003, not mid-80s.

I love Gillian Welch's covers of Pocahontas and Albuquerque.

At 9/21/2007 02:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CPR covered "Ohio" in concert. David Crosby did a excellent vocal.

At 9/21/2007 03:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

G3 (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen) covered 'Rockin in The Free World' in concert ( Denver 2003).

At 9/24/2007 12:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cowboy Junkies covered Powderfinger - laconic and soulful

At 1/14/2008 02:18:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Meters do a couple of Neil Young covers check out their "Down by the River" or Wild T and the Spirit's version.

I also like the Waco Brothers version of "Revolution Blues" the Wacos are great.

At 2/26/2008 06:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nad Neslo recorded a nice long version of Cortez the Killer on his CD titled Back From Gone.


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