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Cover to Cover: Pressure Drop

I can't think why this song has come into my head today.

The Toots and the Maytals classic soulful ska original from 1969 v the punky reggae party cover from 1980.

Listen to both without prejudice and say which you prefer.

And yes Robert Palmer and The Specials did good covers too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw66FA6OTqA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyv16mZakVE

Lord Bowyer under heavy manners

Comments

  • edited July 22
    toots original every day of every week! 
  • It's a great song, though I can't see Toots picking up the Nobel Prize for Literature with those lyrics. The Clash have a better intro and far better production, but they had at least a 12 year advantage on recording technology and a shed load more money at their disposal. It's not The Clash's best though and is let down by the backing vocals. Although sounding muffled (like every Toots song I've heard) the original had a rhythm and a feel that that the cover couldn't match. Toots for me.
  • Of these two Toots by a country mile not even a contest 
    The ultimate version of this however is by Guns n Roses alumnus and creative powerhouse Izzy Stradlin and his JuJu Hounds from his first post GnR album. Can’t add a link on this phone but do y’selves a favour and look him up
  • Love the Clash ... but Toots wins this one. 
  • Prefer the Toots version.  They also recorded a Ska version at a higher tempo which I think is better than the original.  
  • stonemuse said:
    Love the Clash ... but Toots wins this one. 

    Ditto
  • bobmunro said:
    stonemuse said:
    Love the Clash ... but Toots wins this one. 

    Ditto
    As above.
  • The Clash for me.

    That said go listen to Izzy as StigT advises. 
  • Toots for me. I like the Clash version but cant help thinking the production sounds like, but isn't quite as good as one of the Two-Tone bands. The Specials or Bad Manners come to mind.
  • iainment said:
    bobmunro said:
    stonemuse said:
    Love the Clash ... but Toots wins this one. 

    Ditto
    As above.
    This.
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  • No no contest . Toots with out doubt 
  • The Toots version is great.

    The Clash version is greaterer.

    It's one of the songs that you'd have to try really hard to make bad.  Even a group like Boyzone or Little Mix could probably do it well.
  • The Toots version is great.

    The Clash version is greaterer.

    It's one of the songs that you'd have to try really hard to make bad.  Even a group like Boyzone or Little Mix could probably do it well.
    Having said that, I looked up the Izzy version:


    That is awful, it's likes a really bad Ramones tribute band.
  • The Toots version is great.

    The Clash version is greaterer.

    It's one of the songs that you'd have to try really hard to make bad.  Even a group like Boyzone or Little Mix could probably do it well.
    Having said that, I looked up the Izzy version:


    That is awful, it's likes a really bad Ramones tribute band.
    What an abomination of a cover.  Absolute shit.

  • As a band, The Clash win. For this track, it's Toots & The Maytals.
  • Toots all day long... and night!
  • Toots for me without a doubt.
  • edited July 22
    Not much wrong with the Clash version, but it Toots for me

    Clash are one of the few white bands who can sing reggae songs and emerge with credit
  • Toots for me
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