Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cool cover song of the week...

I've written before about how much I love Bob Marley, and Redemption Song in particular. If I were to take on the difficult task of assembling a list of my favorite songs of all time, this one would definitely be on it. I love the song's melody, Marley's incredible delivery, and the amazingly poetic lyrics. (And I'm not alone; in 2004, Rolling Stone placed the song at #66 among The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.)

"Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom, 'cause all I ever have...redemption songs."

Chris Cornell has one of the most distinctive and versatile voices in rock music today, which he has demonstrated as the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, as well as in his solo career. And while's he's no stranger to cover songs—check out his version of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean—I'm a huge fan of his rendition of Redemption Song. He's been performing it for a while, both with Audioslave and on solo tours, this is the only version that YouTube would let me embed.

And here's the classic Bob Marley version. So, so good, and amazingly, so right on in today's world.

Check out my previous Cool Cover Songs of the Week:

Borderline by The Counting Crows

How Deep Is Your Love by The Bird and The Bee

Life in a Northern Town by Sugarland, Little Big Town, and Jake Owen

I Don't Want to Talk About It by The Indigo Girls

Only You by Joshua Radin

Pure Imagination by Maroon 5

I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Blake Stratton

What a Fool Believes by Neri Per Caso

Poker Face by Daughtry

Back to Black by Ronnie Spector

I Will Survive by Cake

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by The Stereophonics

Rolling in the Deep by John Legend

Go Your Own Way by Lissie

Winner Takes it All by McFly

What a Wonderful World by Joey Ramone

Careless Whisper by Seether

I Walk the Line by Live

Dear Prudence by Siouxsie and The Banshees

Smooth Criminal by Alien Ant Farm

Who Wants to Live Forever by Breaking Benjamin

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