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Cover Versions - philosophical discussion.



OK, so this has been bugging me for YEARS!

A band consists of 5 members...call them A,B,C,D, and E
Members "B" and "D" co write a song, which is released by that band, and becomes a hit.
Years later, member "D" leaves that band and joins a different band...who ALSO release the song originally co-written by "D"

Is this technically a cover version?

Examples that spring to mind are: Dazed and Confused (Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin) , Mistreated (Deep Purple/Rainbow) Catch the Rainbow (Rainbow/Dio)
I'm sure there are many more examples...but can anybody see my point?

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Dazed Confused is technically a cover by both the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.  It was originally written and recorded by Jake Holmes in 1967 and was never officially recorded by the Yardbirds (only a live version was recorded).  Jimmy Page stole the song while with the Yardbirds and recorded it as a Led Zeppelin song, but Holmes was too foolish to do anything about it at the time.


I believe Mistreated was never officially recorded by either Whitesnake or Rainbow (except live), but I would consider both a cover.  Same with Catch the Rainbow.


It's a bit of a grey area though, depending on how you look at it.  Since the original songwriters are the ones performing the song, it's technically their song.


But, like I said, it's a grey area...


Dave Grohl wrote "Marigold" and released it on his indie album Pocketwatch!, under the name "Late!" in 1992.  It was then re-recorded by Grohl during Nirvana's In Utero sessions, and released as a b-side to the Heart-Shaped Box single in 1993, and credited as a Nirvana song.  A live version was then recorded and released by the Foo Fighters on Skin and Bones.  So does that make it a cover of a cover of a cover?

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