Cover vs. Original

Respect


Which do you prefer??

- Lucy Tate, Hertfordshire, England, 22.04.2007


Aretha Franklin
1967

vs.

Otis Redding
1965

CD-Cover: Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You 68.4 % 31.6 % CD-Cover: Otis Redding - Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Aretha Franklin 919 Votes Otis Redding

Comments about Respect:

I just listened to Otis's original. The two recordings hardly sound like the same song. Otis didn't have, or want, the production that Aretha had, for one thing, and the arrangement for Aretha makes the song into a powerhouse piece, instead of a fairly ordinary thumping rhythm-and-blues number indistinguishable from any number of other such numbers that were intended as nothing more than vehicles for energetic performance. Aretha's phrasing gives another form to the song and makes it the memorable experience that it is. If Otis Redding's version had not been covered by Aretha, the song would be in the dust bin of popular music history.
- Rob L., Vancouver, United States, 26.08.2010
Since this is an Otis Reading song, he has not recorded a 'version' of it. Aretha has recorded a version of it. Comparisons made between these two are odious. Both are beyond comparing.

- alan, glasgow, Scotland, 01.08.2008
I like the Otis version better, but it's a close call though.
- John Willemse, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 05.02.2008
Do you realize that you put the phrases "House singer" and "best version" in the same sentence, Mr. E-Man?
That's laughable.
There's a reason why they make fun of House music on Saturday Night Live all the time.
- Roni, Laguna Hills, United States, 23.07.2007
Uh, yeah, whatever, E-Man.

Both of these are great. Otis Redding is arguably the greatest soul singer who ever lived. I prefer other Otis songs -- "That's How Strong My Love Is" was the best, IMO -- but he does a great "Respect," too.

Aretha just makes this her own. More evidence why she's the "Queen of Soul." I've got to vote for her, but still, much respect to the man who ruled Monterey.

- Charlie Freak, Canoga Park, United States, 16.07.2007
Forget BOTH of these versions! UK House singer "ADEVA" scored the best ever version of this song with her massive 1988 hit. Check it out!
- The E-Man, Melbourne, Australia, 19.06.2007
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