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Cover to Cover: I shot the Sheriff - The Wailers v Eric Clapton

Two versions of the same song. Listen without prejudice and say which you prefer and why.

Forget any other versions including the Wailers live version.

Do you prefer the 1973 Wailers version (still just the Wailers not Bob Marley and the ... then) or the 1974 cover by Eric Clapton?







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  • Love Marley but Clapton is the best version for me.
  • Bob Marley for me.
  • A score draw.
  • Clapton wins all day long
  • You can't be serious! Marley.
  • Wailers all day, all night, and the following week.
  • The Wailers edging it.

    I thought of you @greenie when I posted this. Suspected you'd go for Slowhand but I was wrong.
  • Wailers....

    Its a really good cover from Clapton but it is ultimately a cover sung in the style of the original.
  • Clapton, simply because it's one of the first records I bought. And he lives just down the road!
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  • I like 'em both.

    Marley is on record for acknowledging that Clapton turned the song into a hit by giving it a different arrangement.
  • The Wailers edging it.

    I thought of you @greenie when I posted this. Suspected you'd go for Slowhand but I was wrong.

    Thanks H, I am also a huge BM fan, I love his work. I never understood why EC did a version, then I saw his live version, and it is a cracker, BUT he aint Marley.

    BTW Im loving these threads, keep it up. Cheers.
  • Saga Lout said:

    I like 'em both.

    Marley is on record for acknowledging that Clapton turned the song into a hit by giving it a different arrangement.

    You'll get splinters on yer arse, get off the fence Saga. ;o)
  • Greenie said:

    The Wailers edging it.

    I thought of you @greenie when I posted this. Suspected you'd go for Slowhand but I was wrong.

    Thanks H, I am also a huge BM fan, I love his work. I never understood why EC did a version, then I saw his live version, and it is a cracker, BUT he aint Marley.

    BTW Im loving these threads, keep it up. Cheers.
    Will do, got to have something to get us through the close season.

    Almost did "No Woman, No Cry" Live v the Natty Dread version but went for this instead.
  • The Wailers for me.
  • Wailers all day long, Bob is God
  • Definitely the Wailers by far.
  • The version of him playing at the BBC theatre Shepherds Bush, is my favourite version by E.C. Not sure he plays it with the 'crybaby' solo anymore, it really is an awesome bit of playing, the rest of the band are not too bad either. Going to decline the choice, beetween Bob and Eric, love them both.
  • The version of him playing at the BBC theatre Shepherds Bush, is my favourite version by E.C. Not sure he plays it with the 'crybaby' solo anymore, it really is an awesome bit of playing, the rest of the band are not too bad either. Going to decline the choice, beetween Bob and Eric, love them both.



    You'll have @Greenie on your case! Ken lol!
    Greenie said:

    Saga Lout said:

    I like 'em both.

    Marley is on record for acknowledging that Clapton turned the song into a hit by giving it a different arrangement.

    You'll get splinters on yer arse, get off the fence Saga. ;o)
  • 461 Ocean Boulevard was a hugely successful album at the time, especially benefiting from the latest production conditions at the time and the Clapton version introduced a lot of people to the Wailers.
    However there is a lot to be said for the earthy Wailers version and it is the Wailers for me.

    Are the rules supposed to be comparing two cover versions, or an original v a cover?
    The Dylan/Hendrix follows this rule, but the Family/Sinead one didn't.
    Or does it matter?
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  • The Wailers by some distance
  • seth plum said:


    Are the rules supposed to be comparing two cover versions, or an original v a cover?
    The Dylan/Hendrix follows this rule, but the Family/Sinead one didn't.
    Or does it matter?

    Rules, what rules?

    Can be an original v a cover or two covers, doesn't matter but the Family version was the original as it happens. I didn't do Dylan v Hendrix
  • The version of him playing at the BBC theatre Shepherds Bush, is my favourite version by E.C. Not sure he plays it with the 'crybaby' solo anymore, it really is an awesome bit of playing, the rest of the band are not too bad either. Going to decline the choice, beetween Bob and Eric, love them both.

    EC was a bit spannered when he recored this, he's clean now. and has been for 20 years I guess.

    Heres a version from 2015 at RAH.
    A friend of mine, Michelle John, is on a BV's, but its still Marley for me.

  • Liked the Marley version but loved the Clapton version slightly better

  • You'll have @Greenie on your case! Ken lol!
    Greenie said:

    Saga Lout said:

    I like 'em both.

    And when you think E.C. was in between various addictions at this time, I am surprised he could stand up, let alone play this at such apparent ease, and of course musical excellence .

  • I prefer Bob's version, but in the way I'd prefer being kicked in the shin rather than in the "lower stomach".
  • Wailers, Clapton gets on my tits!
  • Wailers, only cos I is a duppy conqueror
  • Wailers
  • Crazy bowl heads
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