Classic Rock Bottom

Since the Copyright Act of 1909, United States musicians have had the right to record a version of someone else's previously recorded and released tune, whether it's music alone or music with lyrics. A license can be negotiated between representatives of the interpreting artist and the copyright holder, or recording published tunes can fall under a mechanical license whereby the recording artist pays a standard royalty to the original author/copyright holder through an organization such as the Harry Fox Agency, and is safe under copyright law even if they do not have any permission from the original author. Other agents who can facilitate clearance include Limelight, the online mechanical licensing utility powered by RightsFlow. The U.S. Congress introduced the mechanical license to head off an attempt by the Aeolian Company to monopolize the piano roll market.

Although a composer cannot deny anyone a mechanical license for a new recorded version, the composer has the right to decide who will release the first recording of a song. Bob Dylan took advantage of this right when he refused his own record company the right to release a live recording of "Mr. Tambourine Man."

Live performances of copyrighted songs are typically arranged through performing rights organizations such as ASCAP or BMI.


This playlist, on the otherhand, is just darn good rock and roll!



Axe - Offering

1 - I Got The Fire

"I Got the Fire" is a song from the Montrose album Paper Money in 1974. This was one of the last collaborations between Ronnie Montrose and singer Sammy Hagar before Hagar left the band to pursue a solo career. The song was also covered by Iron Maiden. The group retitled the song "I've Got the Fire" on the b-side of their "Flight of Icarus" single in 1983. Although it had first been released as the B-side of Sanctuary as a live recording at the Marquee in 1980.

Judas Priest - Sin After Sin

2 - Diamonds & Rust

"Diamonds & Rust" is a song written and performed by Joan Baez. Released in 1975, it had actually been written and composed the previous November. The song alludes to Baez's relationship with Bob Dylan ten years before. Although Dylan is not specifically named in the song, in the third chapter of her memoir, And a Voice to Sing With (1987), Baez uses phrases from the song in describing her relationship with Dylan, and has been explicit that he was the inspiration for the song. She recounts how she originally told Dylan that the song was about her ex-husband David Harris, which was obviously not true. The song, which was a top-40 hit for Baez on the U.S. pop singles chart, is regarded by a number of critics, as well as by Baez fans, as one of her best compositions. It served as the title song on Baez's gold-selling Diamonds & Rust album in 1975.

The Babys - ST

3 - I Love How You Love Me

"I Love How You Love Me" was written by Barry Mann and Larry Kolber when both were staff writers at Don Kirshner's Aldon Music. Kolber had written the lyrics on a restaurant napkin within five minutes. The song was intended for Tony Orlando to be arranged in the same upbeat style as Orlando's precedent hits "Bless You" and "Halfway to Paradise".1 However Phil Spector discovered the song on a visit to Kirshner's Aldon offices and persuaded Kirshner that the song would have more potential if rendered by a female act. Spector then recorded "I Love How You Love Me" with The Paris Sisters. Entering the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1961, "I Love How You Love Me" reached no. 5 that November.

Dream Theater - Black Clouds & Silver Linings [3 Disc Special Edition]

4 - Stargazer

The long, epic track with symphonic influences starts with a short drum solo by Cozy Powell and features the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. "Stargazer (Rough Mix)", an early mix from the 2011 Deluxe Edition of Rising, starts with a keyboard intro played by Tony Carey and has a length of 9:08.

  • In 1998, Mundanus Imperium (feat. Jorn Lande) covered "Stargazer" on The Spectral Spheres Coronation.
  • In 2003, Argentine singer Adrián Barilari covered "Stargazer" (in Spanish) with his band Barilari on their self-titled debut album.
  • In 2003, Lana Lane covered "Stargazer" on Covers Collection album.
  • In 2011, folk metal band Týr covered "Stargazer" on the album The Lay of Thrym.

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Hahaha...nice picures!

I hope, I'l get the time later today, to listen to the music. I've heard JP's version of "Diamonds And Rust" many, many times, and it sound like one of their own songs, meaning it sounds great. One of many true classic Priest-albums.

Hmmmm, I must say, that there's a good chance, that I won't like DT's version of "Stargazer". Don't mess with perfection. Either it's crap (and I think it is, because I don't like the singer of DT) or else it's an exact copy of the original song (only with crappy vocals). 

For the most part, I don't like it, unless they can bring something new to an old song.

Like in the case of Diamonds & Rust- very imaginative...shockingly so because it is so contrary to that treatment!

To a lesser extent but still impressive, was the interpretation of I Love How You Love Me.

Liked 'em both!


Thanks Mike!  Covers are a tough topic for sure...  But, believe it or not, I had a final list put together when I came across this Babys tune late and I thought this was a cool track for Mr. Pell if he catches the post!  And you did!


Thanks for the listen and the feedback!

Oh, an old song for the old Mr. Pell eh...and the group are the Babys.

How appropriate, LOL!

Good stuff.

Freudian slip? 

Nope, he's old.

There goes YOUR shot at fame, lol!

You have just become an unmentionable!

Unmentionable because you forgot what word you wanted to use since you're so old?

No, it originally was going to be an adjective, then I stopped.

The full thought was unmentionable ball-busting prick...just like YOU, LOL!

Mike The Proudly Profane

I Got The Fire (5/5) - Very, very nice.  Like the original, this song totally kicks butt.  Great riff and vocals as well.

Diamonds & Rust (5/5) - I've never heard either version of this song.  And I would have never, ever guessed it was a cover.  I'm assuming it's quite different than the original.  Anyway, this makes me wanna check out some more Judas Priest. 

I Love How You Love Me (2/5) - Not crazy about this one.  I do like John Waite's voice, so that helps bump it to a 2, but overall I just don't feel it. 

Stargazer (4/5) - Musically, I like this one a lot.  And although I like James Labrie, I'm not crazy about his vocals on this.  Of course, the original was sung by RJ Dio, so those are big shoes to fill.  Oh yeah, I own this album but really haven't listened to the covers on it very much.

Thanks Boss!!  I think DT selects the coolest songs to cover and while Labrie can be annoying, he doesn't have that same affect on me for the most part.  Have you ever heard A Change Of Seasons?  Loads of killer covers and Meldey's of covers...Way Cool!!!


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