Monday, December 5, 2011

Original vs. Cover: These Arms Of Mine - Otis Redding vs. The Big Pink

Every once in a while, I come across a song that is just brilliant, and then later realize that it's in fact a cover version. Well, we're going to be having a face off here everyday for the next week - The Original vs. The Cover. I'll be featuring songs that aren't as obvious as say... William Hung's version of I Believe I Can Fly. :) It's my hope that you'll discover some really cool, new songs - and maybe some that you never even knew were covers.

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The Original
Otis Redding - These Arms Of Mine (1964)

In 1964, Otis Redding released his debut album - Pain In My Heart. That record yielded four, big singles - including my favorite: These Arms Of Mine. Redding was an amazingly, talented songwriter, and just three years later he died in a plane crash near Madison, Wisconsin - only 26 years old. 'These Arms Of Mine' is a brilliant track, just perfect.

The Cover
The Big Pink - These Arms Of Mine (2009)

One of the best bands to emerge from 2009, with the release of their debut LP - A Brief History Of Love - is The Big Pink. Hiding out on the b-side to their second single, Velvet, is a wonderful cover of 'These Arms Of Mine.' I saw them perform at a small club in Phoenix, and the performance of this song was one of the show's highlights. Give it a listen below.

These Arms of Mine - Velvet - EP

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