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Anatomy of a Cover Song – Four takes on "Big Yellow Taxi"

by Keith Hatschek September 15, 2011

So you picked a cover song, now what? Rather than copying the original version note-for-note, the best covers typically take the essence of the original and reshape it, so that the performing artist makes the song their own while adding something special and recognizable to their repertoire.

To try and help quantify this concept, I met up with veteran studio engineer Jeff Crawford to compare four versions of Joni Mitchell’s classic song "Big Yellow Taxi," originally released in 1970. Read more…