Monday, 26 January 2009

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - 10 Cover Versions

After only recently realising that Nina Simone did this song originally (doh!), indeed, it was written for her; I had an urge to dig out the versions I already knew, and more besides.

The good thing is, these are pretty fine - Yusuf Islam's sticks closest to the original, but every one is more than ok ; even Joe Cocker's, whose voice I normally don't care for. So, in no particular order, other than how they came to hand - here's my top ten covers of Nina Simone's Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell and Sol Marcus, and first recorded in 1964.



♫ Find the original where I did, at I'm Waking Up To...

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals
originally on Animal Tracks (1965)
buy

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Cyndi Lauper
At Last (2003) - an album of covers
buy

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Elvis Costello
King of America (1986)
buy

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Joe Cocker
Layer Cake ost (2004) but originally(?) on Organic(1996) a Joe Cocker album of covers, but he recorded it in the 60's too
buy Layer Cake | buy Organic

Lolole (Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood) - Alabina
The Album II (1998)
buy | website

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - New Buffalo
Like a Version 2 (2006) - 2nd in a series of four (so far) albums of covers, issued in Australia
myspace | buy

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Santa Esmeralda (short version; if you want the ten-minute one, better ask nicely)
myspace | buy

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Yusuf Islam
An Other Cup (2006)
buy

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Eric Burdon (or it could be The Eric Burdon Band...)
sorry, don't know the album
Eric Burdon.com

Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Alan Price Set
some radio/tv show - presumably 1965-1970
Alan Price Online | buy

OK, that's your lot - I did find another half-dozen, but they were either very obscure, or nfg, or both; and anyway, I've dinner to cook. There's a Lou Rawls one somewhere, which could be ok, and Tom Jones did it live, but I can't find a recording. Try The Animals instead...


 
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