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Which is the best "Stairway to Heaven" cover?

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Question: Which of these 3 is the best cover of Stairway to Heaven?
Far Corporation - Stairway to Heaven (80s version and the only version to chart as a single) (http://www.box.net/shared/t9oji3ci46) - 0 (0%)
The West Coast All-Stars - Stairway to Heaven (acapella version) (http://www.box.net/shared/je0kz1dbrz) - 1 (100%)
The Rock Lobsters - Stairway to Heaven (performed by a B-52s cover band) (http://www.box.net/shared/0jn3s7jm5f) - 0 (0%)
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« on: April 20, 2011, 03:22:29 pm »

The original version would win any poll I'd put it in against any cover version.  So leaving the original version out-- which of these 3 cover versions do you think is the best and why?
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011, 08:40:10 pm »

Prior to this post, the only one I heard was Far Incorporation's version and that was in a bar during the '80's. The DJ had gotten a verbal chewing out by me for ever playing this tune. I'm all for radical changes in cover tunes, but some things are just not meant to be messed with...like chocolate chip cookies.

That being said, finding the best live version of Zeppelin's "Stairway" can be fun. My picks would be from their 1975 Earl Court show in London (the May 18th show specifically) and their final concert with Bonzo in Berlin on 7/7/1980.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2011, 08:04:21 am »

I never hear of Far Incorporation, or even the cover. It's hard to say as the West Coast All Star version is great except maybe the singing guitar solo part. But I will say this, Jason's performance on this track shows just how good he once was and it shows he might have been meant to sing songs like this more than "If You Leave Me Now", I cannot take The Rock Lobsters one seriously when compared to the others so I couldn't vote for it.

So for me it's a tie between Far Inc. and West Coast, as Far Inc. had a good musical sound and nice arrangement while West Coast being a capella is a completely different beast but also superbly done. So my vote is, Far West Coast Inc.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2011, 03:21:11 pm »

WCAS version is really cool!
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2011, 01:01:51 am »

I've not heard any of those you mentioned. Years ago, there was an album, produced here in Australia, called 'Stairways To Heaven'.  It was a dozen or so tracks, all versions of the classic song done in a bunch of different styles.  My personal favourite, although I denied this for years, is the Rolf Harris version, completely with his trademark wobble board.  It is a piece of brilliant nonsense but at the same time, utterly reverent of the original.

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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2011, 06:33:13 am »

I've not heard any of those you mentioned. Years ago, there was an album, produced here in Australia, called 'Stairways To Heaven'.  It was a dozen or so tracks, all versions of the classic song done in a bunch of different styles.  My personal favourite, although I denied this for years, is the Rolf Harris version, completely with his trademark wobble board.  It is a piece of brilliant nonsense but at the same time, utterly reverent of the original.

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The Rock Lobsters version is actually from that CD. :-)
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