"I also appreciate the Denny Laine-period Moody Blues."
It's amazing what you can find online these days-- information, photos, FREE MUSIC...
I spent a good chunk of yesterday finding and listening (for the first time ever) to most of the songs that The Moody Blues did that were covers of other artists' material.
Steal Your Heart Away -- Bobby Parker
Go Now -- Bessie Banks
I Don't Want To Go On Without You -- The Drifters
Time Is On My Side -- Kai Winding (original)
Time Is On My Side -- Irma Thomas (with the extra lyrics)
I'll Go Crazy -- James Brown
Can't Nobody Love You -- Solomon Burke
I Don't Mind -- James Brown
Bye Bye Bird -- Sonny Boy Williamson
Several of these I like the originals MUCH more than what Laine & co. did, but I DO actually prefer the MB's "Steal Your Heart Away" to the original. It's long been my favorite Denny Laine MB song.
I was unable to find the original version of "I Don't Mind" from 1960 (only the live version from 1963). I was also unable to find "I've Got A Dream" by The Soul Brothers. Further, the only version of "It Ain't Necessarily So" I dug up was a fairly recent live performance by Cab Calloway on YouTube. My current software doesn't allow me to download or record just sound from YouTube.
Can anyone help out with any of these?
By the way, the fairly-recent remaster of THE MAGNIFICENT MOODIES comp not only has 1 extra song not on any previous version, but also a "corrected" version of "Go Now". It'd be nice if I could get ahold of these without having to buy the ENTIRE comp over again.