Under The Covers: 3 Amazing Remakes by Rascal Flatts, Keith Sweat, and Aerosmith

“REMEMBER WALKING IN THE SAND”     AEROSMITH

aerosmithRecorded during Aerosmith’s drug-addled dark period, between their 70’s domination and their late 80’s comeback, Aerosmith gets raw and personal on this 60’s cover. The original song was from the girl group, The Shangri-Las, best known for their #1 hit, “The Leader Of The Pack”. In 1980, the Boston rockers covered the song for their greatest hits collection. On this live version, Steven’s painful scream is beautifully intense and the extended guitar solo takes the 60’s pop ditty into hard rock heaven.

“IT’S GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME”    RASCAL FLATTS

rascalflatts24_v_eAt a time when modern music has been taken over by DJ’s, reality show contestants, style over substance pop stars, and recycled ideas, some of the best written songs today are found on country radio. At the Brooks & Dunn tribute concert, today’s biggest country artists told stories about their relationship with Ronnie Brooks and Kix Dunn. Then the artists performed one of their favorites as a tribute. The highlight was Rascal Flatt’s version of “It’s Getting Better”, with sensitive lyrics about the healing power of time. It’s a cover as impressive as the original.

“TOO HOT”     KEITH SWEAT

keith sweatWhen you’ve got an R&B anthem like Kool & The Gang’s “Too Hot”, you have big shoes to fill if you’re going to attempt a remake.   Legendary New Jack singer, Keith Sweat, took on the challenge in 1998 on his comeback CD, “Still In The Game”.  When your last name is Sweat, you’re the perfect choice to sing “Too Hot”.   The beats a little faster and the inclusion of a couple of rap interludes change up the tempo and style, but it still faithfully maintains the spirit of Kool & The Gang.

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