I don’t think I’ve ever done an “original vs. cover” battle before…
“I’m A Man” (not to be confused with the Muddy Waters tune of the same name) was written by Steve Winwood and Jimmy Miller. It was recorded by The Spencer Davis Group (for whom Winwood played keyboards and sang) and released as a single in early 1967, and on the album of the same name the band did in summer of that year. It reached #9 in the UK and a slightly different version reached #10 in the US.
The band Chicago (in their days as The Chicago Transit Authority) recorded a cover of the song (I think the only cover they’ve recorded) on their eponymous first album in 1969. On the album, it ran almost eight minutes; a shortened version was the B side to Chicago’s first single, “Questions 67 and 68.” Radio stations gave both songs airplay, and their version rose to #49 on the Hot 100 in 1971.
I had wanted to put Chicago’s single version up against the Spencer Davis one, but there doesn’t appear to be a video available. A rough estimate of the part cut out would be from 3:10 to about 6:30, where it would fade, if you’d like to make it authentic…
Now, it’s time to vote…
Which version of “I’m a Man” did you prefer? The Spencer Davis Group’s original, or The Chicago Transit Authority’s cover? You know the drill: let me know in the comments which you prefer and a little bit about why. I’ll tally up the votes and announce the winner next Monday, which is also the date for the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal!
And, when you’re finished doing that, visit the other blogs which may or may not be having Battles of the Bands today:
Tossing It Out
Far Away Series *
StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands *
Your Daily Dose
Curious as a Cathy
DC Relief – Battle of the Bands
Alex J. Cavanaugh
Shady Dell Music & Memories
Debbie D. at The Doglady’s Den
Jingle Jangle Jungle
Janie Junebug Righting and Editing
Cherdo on the Flipside
Holli’s Hoots ‘n’ Hollers
J. A. Scott
* Check these blogs for further updates to this list!
Best of luck to the contestants. The lines are open now!