Cover vs. Original

Love Hurts

"Love Hurts" is nowadays normally associated with Nazareth. But already in 1960 the Everly Brothers sang the original version of this song. The song was sung so softly and gently, that you have to listen to it twice to recognize, that it is the same song that Nazareth covered 16 years later.
But here in my opinion the heavy style of Nazareth fits much better to this song.

- Michael Müller, Hamburg, Deutschland, 02.10.2005



The Everly Brothers

CD-Cover: Nazareth - Hair of the Dog 56.9 % 43.1 % CD-Cover: The Everly Brothers - Love Hurts
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Nazareth 1727 Votes The Everly Brothers

Further information about song and bands:

Everly Brothers
Interesting fansite about The Everly Brothers. News, tour dates, concert reviews and much more. Especially I like the jukebox, where you can listen to midis of the band.
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Comments about Love Hurts:

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If you have ever been burned by love then you will hear all the pain you felt in Nazareth's version of the song. The title
Love Hurts does not invoke soft feely harmonious thoughts it speak of real pain.
- Carol, Olathe, United States, 21.09.2010
I am 19 years old and I prefer the Everly Brothers version. I was familiar with the Nazareth version first, at the age of 16 years old. I heard the Everly version probably a year later, at age 17.

Even prior to hearing the Everly Brother's version, I had always thought that the Nazareth version was a little bit melodramatic. And, to me, instead of that coming off as powerful/painful/emotional, it just sounded really kind of sappy. Now, I don't have any problems with the Nazareth version- despite my previous comments, haha. I think it's a decent version of the song.

But, to me, the Everly Brothers version still holds a lot of emotion in it, despite it's lighter sound- both instrumentally and vocally. To me, the emotion is in the harmonies of the Everly Brothers. I still get the same impact of the song that one might feel from the Nazareth version, when I listen to those harmonies.
- Mary Ann, Calgary, Canada, 22.02.2010
"Nobody can compete with Dan McCafferty's voice"
Roy Orbison can, does, and wins.
- Waldo Jeffers, Locust, Pennsylvania, United States, 26.01.2010
RE: "stove" vs "flame"...I think the Nazareth version is meant to be understood as "love is like a flame, it burns you when it (the love) is hot." Both versions are a little awkward, but the word stove really grates on the nerves when found in a song about deep and painful feelings. Seems a little too mundane and domestic.
- Stephanie, Concord, United States, 10.01.2010
Younger people who heard the Nazareth version first will probably prefer it. Older prople, upon first hearing Nazareth, said to themselves, "What did they do to that Everly Brothers song?". Felice and Boudleaux Bryant wrote it specifically for Don and Phil, with their harmony in mind.
- BJ the DJ, Eastern Oregon, United States, 02.12.2009
Well i love Jim Capaldi's version and Gram Parsons.
- Saroj, Southampton, England, 26.11.2009
First recorded in1958(on Cadence Rec)when the EB sung by Archie Blyer.The song was written by the married couple Felice and Boudeleoux Bryant.They wrote most of EB hits in the Cadence time.
Then in the 60s(The EB went to Warner in 1960) came a Rock Version on the Album``Rock´n´Soul with the EB´´(WS1578).
Maybe most of this people known only the slow version
- Edgar Pauli, Dorsten, Germany, 17.09.2009
I think Nazareth's is the best version...Nobody can compete with Dan Mc Cafferty's voice and 40 years of concerts all over the world are the clearer guarantee of such a ROCK band...
- FraIII, Milano, Italy, 12.05.2009
I have a version of "Love Hurts" by Annette (Funicello) with the Everlys Brothers.
- Larry B., Farmington, NH, United States, 12.05.2009
Keep in mind that while the Everly Bros. did record it first, they didn't write it either. It was written by Bryant/Bryant, pro songwriters who wrote material for the Everlies.
- Hisham, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 05.02.2009
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