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Cover Song Saturday: Mumford and Sons and Elvis Costello – The Ghost of Tom Joad

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I will always go with the original of this song – just smooth and thought-provoking with that acoustic sound and Bruce’s voice. His voice alone makes the original heads and tails above the cover. It just sounds so mournful, so full of despair, so full of hopelessness. With that said, the cover version is great to listen to. It does capture the spirit of the original, but it just doesn’t punch you in the gut like that version.

So, original or cover?

I also like this version of it a lot. Killer guitar work and Tom’s voice sounds great singing these lyrics.


Cover Song Saturday: Jimmy Buffett – Scarlet Begonias



Since I heard it first by Buffett, I have to lean in that direction. I also am a huge Buffett fan (as most of you know), so I will almost always lean in his direction. I do like the Dead’s version a lot though, but I’m only an occasional Dead fan so their version just doesn’t grab me as much as Mr. Margaritaville. Just saying. So, your call, going with the Deadheads or the Parrotheads on this one?

Cover Song Saturday – Lucky Uke: Love Bites



I’m a big time Def Leppard fan, and I have been since “Pyromania.” So it should come as no shock that I am going with the original on this one. It is such a great Power Ballad that it can be argued it was one of the best to come out of the Eighties. You can decide for yourself on that one, but it is a great song no matter what labels you put on it.

With all that said, the cover of this song is truly amazing to listen to. Peppy and upbeat, sounding like something straight out of Hawaii. It is very catchy and very good, but it doesn’t have the edge of the original version. This song was meant to be a Power Ballad and it should always stay that way.

So, original or remake? Are you a big Def Leppard fan?

Cover Song Saturday: Jimmy Buffett – Mexico

The Original

The Cover

An even draw. I honestly think they both are great. I couldn’t choose between them. They both just have such a good easy breezy vibe. Either one will put you in a positive mood and take you away for a bit.

So, which do you prefer?

The original or the cover. 

Do you need even more cover songs? Check them out here NIUME and here Cover Song Saturday.

Top Metal Albums of 2015

2015 was an incredible year for music.  Of course coming from the point of view of this author, it has been an incredible year of metal releases.  This is the Audible Extacy blog so it’s not just metal that may show up on our year end best of lists so don’t be alarmed.  So here’s to one great year of music and hopes to another before us, as of this writing there are so many great albums already out there (Exmortus, Megadeth, Gojira, just to name a few).  As you are reading this you may be wondering why is this list coming out almost 7 months into 2016? Because there are so many albums that I have been discovering during later part of 2015and into early 2016, I felt obliged to give more and more releases a chance for metal greatness.  Seriously, I’m still listening to albums that were released last year and finding more and more good stuff.  I have to find that stopping point and here it is.  So here we go!

Blind Guardian – Beyond the Red Mirror

Amorphis – Under the Red Cloud

Vhol – Deeper Than Sky

Elder – Lore

Iron Maiden – The Book of Souls

Sarpanitum – Blessed Be My Brothers

Deafheaven – New Bermuda

Baroness – Purple

Cage – Ancient Evil

Symphony X – Underground

Angelus Apatrida – Hidden Evolution

Dragonforce – In the Line of Fire (Live)

Enslaved – In Times

Stryper – Fallen

Rivers of Nihil – Monarchy

Stratovarius – Eternal

Annihilator – Suicide Society

If you have any other ideas for the best of 2015 in metal, just drop a comment.


Cover Song Saturday: Johnny B. Goode – Peter Tosh vs. Judas Priest

I think we all know the original. It is a classic that can’t be touched. No artist could ever cover it and make it better than Chuck Berry.

The original is great. I’ve stated that already, so let’s move onto the covers. Both of which are unique in their own way.

First, Peter Tosh

Second, Judas Priest

I love Heavy Metal, proud to say that, but I have to give the nod this time to Peter Tosh. He didn’t just remake this song louder and heavier like Judas Priest, but he took the song and made it his own. The reggae beat and the new lyrics splashed throughout just gives this song a totally different feel and it works from start to finish.

So, which do you prefer?

Peter Tosh or Judas Priest

Do you need even more cover songs? Check them out here NIUME and here Cover Song Saturday.

Cover Song Saturday: Jimmy Buffett – Southern Cross

The Original

The Cover

Jimmy’s version is just better. It has more life and more energy, and it has long been one of my concert favorites. I don’t know how many times I’ve just gone bug nuts when he started to play this song. I knew this would be a lopsided one for me today, a biased one if you want to say it that way, but I had to post his cover of this song. It is just such a great cover.

So, which do you prefer?

The original or the cover.

Do you need even more cover songs? Check them out here NIUME and here Cover Song Saturday.

Cover Song Saturday: Tim McGraw – Tiny Dancer

The Original

The Cover

So, which do you prefer?

I’m going with Tim’s version on this one. It is modern, updated, and smoother than the original. I also feel like Elton’s version (along with Elton himself) is just played out. His music doesn’t seem to resonate as strongly these days as he when he was popular. You Elton fans out there may disagree with me, but it is just the way I feel.

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Cover Song Saturday – Justin Moore: Home Sweet Home

The original

The cover version

So, which do you prefer?

The original hands down for me. It not only takes me back to my teen years, but this song just sounds better with the metal power behind. It just wasn’t meant to be a country song even though Justin Moore really gives it his all.

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