Ain't No Sunshine - Best Cover

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  1. MartinC

    MartinC Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm about to do a live show in which the band, with three guitars, is intending to cover Ain't No Sunshine.

    This song has been covered by tons of artists ... which one would you recommend to copy or base our rendition on, given the number of guitars, and a shared liking of bluesy, classic rock songs.

    Links to clips would be much appreciated!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Rumblur

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    none. It's such a gorgeous melody and one of THE most fun to play over for a guitarist... just have fun with it.

    It's one of the very few "done to death" covers that never gets old.
     
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    How bout Bill Withers
     
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    I just saw a local 3 piece band cover this tune at a jam, and it was an awesome instrumental.
     
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    The original is great, but hard to top anything Freddie does :)
     
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    mos def freddie kings,it's pure emotion
     
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    Neville Brothers do a nice version.
     
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    This is a cool version from David Sanborn's Night Music show, with Sting, Sanborn, Bill Frisell, Fareed Haque, Hank Roberts and Don Alias. It's worth it if only for the awesome 70's porn mustache Sting is rocking.


     
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    Speaking of Sting, there's a pretty good version of him doing that song out there, different from the one already cited. I don't what record it came from, one of the other guys brought it in. There are modulations in it for solos, and a little bit of a peppier tempo. A little more interesting to play IMO.
     
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    Freddie's is awesome. John Mayer's is a really cool take on it too:


     
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    I like the Neville brothers version.

     
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    and give it up for James Gadson! What a funky bad-ass mother f-er!

    dre
     
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    Best cover of that song I ever heard was a month ago on the boat when Lee Roy Parnell and I did it.

    Lee Roy's voice is perfect for that song.
     
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    Love Sting's rendition ... beautiful note choices as opposed to bluesy ...
    Not saying it's a better way to do it... just different ...
     
  18. MartinC

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    Thanks everyone!

    I'll check out the clips and have a chat with the other people in the band to see what comes out.

    The song was originally proposed by one of our guitarists who loves the John Mayer version ... which is a pretty cool interpretation, but maybe a bit harder to do with 3 guitarists all raring to go.

    I managed to find a clip of Paul McCartney doing a version which was good ... Linda was in there too, but not sure it was actually Wings (I'm no Wings afficianado!)

    Cheers all
     
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    We did a different take on it a while back. We all sorta know it (that goes for most of the tunes that we play) so we vibed it out without rehearsing it.

    The drummer really took it to a cool place right off the muscle. We all had to adjust rather quickly! The end gets cool as we start to play around with the tune. IMHO of course.

    [SOUNDCLOUD]http://soundcloud.com/mdisanto9/04-aint-no-sunshine-4[/SOUNDCLOUD]
     
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    Damn! that is funky, I love it. It all works, love the keys, vocals, drums, guitar, bass, awesome man.
     

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