This time I’m not going to sing you another rendition of “Duplication Blues”. I understood it brought me no fans.
Instead I’m going to sing you “Back to basics blues”. It goes like this:
What is a cover?
I as really convinced that the existence of a cover was a consequence of having existed previously an original.
In musical terms, a performer records and releases a vocal or instrumental an afterwards another performer records and releases the same title, very often with a new musical arrangement, very seldom with different lyrics.
A cover is always a cover wheather the new performer does it the day after the original or 50 years afterwards.
A cover is still a cover if recorded the day after the original, but only released 50 years afterwards.
Many covers are not released when recorded. The vaults have revealed lots of “Lost Tapes” and whatever the reason others were very lately recovered by Jasmine and similar labels.
Many of this covers get to us via compilation records, but I learned recently that compilations are dubious, with the meaning that what’s in them has no recognized value. Only covers released at the time of the recordings count. The other covers don’t exist.
Let’s imagine that Columbia, Capitol or Reprise find in their vaults 20 unissued covers by Sinatra and publish them in a compilation.
I learned that, and I quote, ” Sorry, the only way here is the hard way: digging for all the earlier issues!”