With the development of the music industry, the list of specialized terms expands and new concepts are introduced into use.
For example, 50 years ago very few people knew what a cover version was.
History of cover versions
A cover version is a musical composition,Already sounded earlier and performed by another musician. It often happens that hits that have rattled in the past, with the help of an arrangement or due to an unusual manner of performance, receive a second life. By the way, the cover version is one of a kind of remake.
The very word "cover" comes from EnglishVerb cover, which means "cover". Some musicians are not limited to one or two covers, but professionally work in this genre. Such bands are called cover bands, and the discs they release are called tributes.
For example, a group called What about Bill? Was created to work in this direction, which re-composes and arranges the songs already released.
Cover versions that bypassed the originals
However, there were also such situations whenThe cover version was much more popular than the original. This happened in the case of the song "The man who soled the world", which is hard to imagine not in the performance of Nirvana. Nevertheless, the song appeared on David Bowie's album back in 1970, did not have much success and was oblivious until the band decided to perform it in their own original interpretation.
I will always love you inPerformance by Whitney Houston before the movie "Bodyguard" was sung by American Dolly Parton. The song, by the way, was a success, but really popular became only in the performance of Houston.
Another composition - Fields of gold - one of theThe most famous and touching compositions of Sting. However, she has a very gentle and lyrical cover version, which could compete with the original - it sang the singer Eva Cassidy, a famous American cover artist. Perhaps her melodic versions could please listeners so far, if not for an early death - the singer died at the age of 33 from a malignant tumor (melanoma).
The touching song of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen -Probably one of the most often interpreted songs. In total there are about 200 different versions of its execution. However, according to Cohen, he does not mind at all. And if the original strikes not only the depth of its text, but also the original manner of Cohen's performance, the version of Jeff Buckley is unequivocally recognized as the most dramatic and penetrating.
Somewhere over the rainbow was writtenComposer Edgar Harburg especially for the film "The Wizard of Oz," and this song was performed by the beautiful Judy Garland. For several decades the composition has survived many arrangements, but the most delicate of them was the version of Hawaiian Israel Kamakavivole. Despite the impressive dimensions (height 190 cm and weight 343 kg), the singer had a very gentle voice. Therefore, this performance can be considered one of the most touching and romantic.
Actively in the genre of cover versions work andRussian singers. Among them: Sergei Minaev, Philip Kirkorov, Anastasia Stotskaya, Victoria Daineko and others. True, while these melodies win the hearts of mostly Russian viewers.