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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #17 – Am I Evil?

metallica-creeping-death-single-cover-300x300I have always liked the cover of Diamond Head’s Am I Evil? Metallica did a great job with it; I first heard it as the B-side of Metallica’s Creeping Death single released by Music For Nations in 1984.  I can’t remember how I came across that cassette (might have been in the used section of my favorite record store), but if I had it today it might be a bit of a collector’s item.  Blitzkrieg was also on that single and I am pretty sure I wore it out.

I was one of a fortunate few 60K+ fans who got to see the Big Four for their first UK performance at Knebworth in 2011.  It was a great experience and of course a super bonus to see the mega-collaboration of Am I Evil?  The biggest upset of the day was that I never got to see Diamond Head open the set.  The line to get in was quite long and I only got to hear them as we were trying to get in.  At any rate, you can tell from the versions below, Metallica stayed true to the original and after thinking about it, probably deserves to be higher on the list than where it sits today.

Here is the live version from the Big Four at Knebworth.  You will notice not only the Big Four members, but also a member of Exodus, Sepultura, and Diamond Head for a total of seven different bands.

Here is the original recorded by Diamond Head on their debut 1980 album Lightning to the Nations.


Theme Thursday – Metallica Covers

I think most metalheads like a good cover tune. What separates a good cover from a bad one?  Do you like when the cover is basically exactly the same or recreated using  a basic shell of the original song?  For me, it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s good.  I like both kinds of cover tunes.  Some bands lend themselves to being covered more than others.  For example, how many Megadeth covers do you hear out there?  I think there are a few, but not enough to stack a CD full of Megadeth covers.  Is that because Mustaine’s vocals are too hard to recreate?   Is it because the guitar work is too hard for the average guitarist?  You hardly ever hear bands cover Anthrax or Opeth.  I have yet to hear a band cover Blitz’s unique vocals in Overkill.   I am sure there are rough and edgy recordings on YouTube out there, but for the most part they are very rare.

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