Particularly since the Beatles emerged, recalibrating expectations as a band who also wrote most of their own material, followed by the singer/songwriter boom of the Seventies, it has become rarer and rarer for established acts to attempt to put their own stamp on tunes predominantly associated with other artists. Sure, you can find loads of amateur versions of well-known songs clogging YouTube, and televised singing competitions like "American Idol" and "The Voice" are built almost exclusively around cover performances, but what I really appreciate is hearing an accomplished performer take someone else's familiar -- or shamefully overlooked -- song and, as Simon Cowell might advise, "make it their own".
Movie soundtracks frequently become cover compilations by default, as oldies get reworked by contemporary performers in hopes that the current bands will lure more record buyers. More often than not, this strategy simply results in sterile note-for-note recreations of the songs, which can be slotted...
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