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


Bob Marley

CD-Cover: Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard 42.2 % 57.8 % CD-Cover: Bob Marley - Burnin'
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Eric Clapton 4264 Votes Bob Marley

Comments about I Shot the Sheriff:

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An old friend of mine saw Clapton at some small venue in NYC, sometime in 74 or 75. She said a Jamaican guy came out and sang I shot the sheriff with him. Was it Bob? Do any of you know?
- Marc, Hoptown, United States, 3-.-0.2007
Both songs are awesome in their own right,but I gotta go with the Legend Bob Marley.By the way Bob Marley has done a few covers the best one I think is The Eagles - Hotel California
- SpoiltBrat, Cape Town, South Africa, 3-.-0.2007
bob has never done a cover song for anything.. so haha fuckers
- bob, jamaica, Japan, 2-.-0.2007
Marley. Definately. Hands down. No doubt whatsoever.
- Jon, Brighton, England, 2-.-0.2007
Clapton's version is boring. Bob's voice has emotion and meaning. Did Eric every bring a bucket to the well, or plant a seed and had to kill it before it grows? To sing it you gotta have felt it. Bob's version all the way.
- truerootsman, brampton, Canada, 1-.-0.2007
This was definetly the most difficult to decide on this sight so the only solution is the original
- Bruce, Canton, United States, 1-.-0.2007
This is a great example of what an artist should do when covering a song. Reggae has a very basic and simple style branching from Rocksteady. Clapton brings in the complexity of Blues/Rock without changing the quality of the original. It's just like how other countries will play music around the world with thier own flavor. Putumayo is a good example with CDs like "Salsa from around the world". Countries from all over such as China, India, Japan...etc... play their own versions of Salsa music... It's nice to add some diversity to a song that's so perfect and an excellent palette to work with.
- Chelsea, Cape Coral, United States, 1-.-0.2007
marley is the most influential musician of the 20th century and this is just further proof. the original is much better than clapton's remake
- Q, Trenchtown, United States, 2-.-1.2006
ya bob marley got my vote cause he's the origional.. claptons version was impressive but was a cover song so it wasnt as special if you catch my drift!
- Brandon, P-ville, Canada, 1-.-1.2006
Actually,both versions are good and are legendary.The only thing that differentiates both songs is the guitar works.I feel that Clapton's guitar works is definitely better BUT in terms of vocals,Bob Marley beats Clapton
- Howard Timingfield, Brisbane, Australia, 1-.-1.2006
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