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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #6 – Message In A Bottle


Message-in-a-BottleThis isn’t the first or the last cover from Machine Head on this list of favorite covers.  Message in a Bottle was originally recorded by The Police in 1979 and can be found on their album Regatta de Blanc.  Though not a huge commercial success in the States, it was a number one hit in the UK.  As a child I found it difficult to get into music from The Police, but as an adult I have a much deeper appreciation for them.  This song has been covered numerous times by all styles of artists, but the one found on an album called The Burning Red is the one I am talking about today.

Machine Head has developed a knack for making great cover songs.  Despite the greatness of this particular cover, it comes off the most criticized album of Machine Head’s career which also happened to be their biggest selling album at the time.  Due to a number of factors, including their style shift, Machine Head was released from their label after their next album, Supercharger.  Needless to say, they came back from that full-force!  Message in a Bottle is a great cover song in which Machine Head certainly injects their spin on a classic song.

Here is the 1999 version found on the album, The Burning Red.

Here is the original recording by The Police.

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