Point Taken - A Pick Six In Which I Recant an Earlier Opinion

Friday, January 28, 2011
After some feedback from our readers, I found that I was wrong. As our friend "His Holiness the Walt D" noted:
Lou Reed's version of "Sweet Jane" off of Rock n Roll Animal is superior to the original.
U2's live version of "Bad" is better than the Unforgettable Fire version.
Judas Priest's "Victim of Changes" off of Unleashed in the East blows the original away.
Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" with Pearl Jam as the backup band is infinitely more rockin' than with Crazy Horse.
Ministry's "So What" off of A Mind is a Terrible Thing makes the original sound like the Partridge Family.
I could go on and on..
Even my dear wife pointed out that Springsteen version on the River on the Live From New York album was way better then the original1.

I guess the point I was making was this; the original version of Layla reflected a very emotional moment in Eric's life, so it was, by necessity, much more honest and raw.

So, I recant my earlier statement that the original is always better and present a pick six songs that were performed better live then in the studio. Feel free to listent to the original versions. too.
  1. Radio Ga Ga At Live Aid 1985, Queen (As always, I miss Freddy)
  2. Sweet Jane - Lou Reed, Rock And Roll Animal
  3. The River - Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Live in New York
  4. Bad - U2, Live Aid 1985 (this is when U2 proved they were ready to play with the big boys)
  5. Victim of Change - Judas Priest, Unleashed in the East
  6. Surrender - Cheap Trick, Live at Budokan
Of course, the videos are after the jump

1.) In fairness the Boss has lot of songs that are better live then the originals

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