Cover vs. Original

I Shot the Sheriff


Good song from both artists. Personally I like the cover version by Eric Clapton better, but that is a matter of taste. By the way 'I Shot the Sheriff' was the only number one hit in the US-Charts from Eric Clapton in his career (so far). And Clapton created lots of classic songs.
So: Compliment to Bob Marley for his composition, thanks to Eric Clapton for his interpretation of this song.

Eric Clapton
1974

vs.

Bob Marley
1973

CD-Cover: Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard 42.2 % 57.8 % CD-Cover: Bob Marley - Burnin'
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Eric Clapton 4224 Votes Bob Marley

Comments about I Shot the Sheriff:

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I don't really know which one I would pick. both are good however Marley is not the writer. the author of the song according to wikipidia it was a guy by the name of Colton Smith and was first preformed by Bob Marley
- Laura Wieler, Winnipeg, Canada, 1-.-0.2008
Bob, Peter, Bunny started off covering some songs by popular acts in their time. They drew inspiration from the likes of Fats Domino and the Beatles and they were not ashamed to say it. Listen to their earlies recordings... Why the fuss?

Only two kinds of music. Good music and bad music. Cross pollination stands side by side with originality and innovation when it comes to any great musical genre.

Peace and Love
- boukman, Philadelphia, United States, 2-.-1.2007
Clapton you're awesome but you're a white guy from Britain and honestly I always heard this song as if rascism had taken a part in the death of the Sheriff
- Breagan Wallin, Chesterfield, United States, 1-.-1.2007
This song is much more realistic in mr. Marley's mouth. So i shot the rastafarian, not the debuty of reggae.
- Erkki, Hellsinki, Finland, 0-.-1.2007
Sorry but this has completely no sense to judge such a song on materialistic nonsense like the "cover" or things like that. Bob Marley is the ONLY version which carry all the sense and weight of the words of this song, this is not just a song, this is a life that has been LIVED. Clapton's version has absolutely nothing of this kind, this is just a commercial copy, nothing less nothing more.
- Michel, Tours, France, 0-.-1.2007
i like eric clapton but bob marley owns that song
- blake.h, Toronto, Canada, 8-.-0.2007
lets go mets
- mark, towson, United States, 7-.-0.2007
The cover of hotel california is not bob.
I don't know of any beatles covers.

But I DO know that "no woman no cry" is a cover.
so yeah...bob marley has re-done songs before.

This topic is really hard but if it all came down to it... I'd have to stick with jah Robert Nesta Marley.

still got love for you eric.
- Provo, Provo, United States, 4-.-0.2007
'bob has never done a cover song for anything.. so haha fuckers'

- er....One Love sounds rather similar to People Get Ready by the impressions

- Rebel's Hop sounds rather similar to Cloud 9 by the Temptations

- Marley did cover And I Love Her by the Beatles

- Upstart, London, England, 4-.-0.2007
It is very gooooood!!!!!
- oLliWa, Wegberg, Germany, 3-.-0.2007
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