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'Dust In the Wind' vs. 'Dust In the Wind'

Perusing my music news, I discovered Kerry Livgren, a founding member of Kansas, suffered a stroke yesterday. He's in serious condition. Reading about him made me think about Kansas.

Kansas recorded "Dust in the Wind" way back in 1977 (about a year after "Carry On Wayward Son"). It became the band's signature song and is still played in heavy rotation on classic rock radio today. "Dust In the Wind" is both melancholy and fabulous. When played live, the song always evokes a positive emotion from the audience. With such a famous song, covers are inevitable. But what happens when the cover is better than the original?

The mighty Scorpions covered the song and included the track on Acoustica.

Todd Rundgren also wrote a song called "Dust in the Wind" for his 1972 solo album Something/Anything? People often confuse the Rundgren and Kansas version as one in the same, and that's a shame. Guns n' Roses performed the Rundgren track fairly often in the early 90s. Slash's solo is awesome here.

So which "Dust In the Wind" is better? Kansas or Rundgren? Scorpions or GnR?

Reader Comments (7)

I think that kansas version is better, just not cause it's their orignial song, I just cant stand Scorpions, rubbish.
September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSamuel
My thought and prayers go out to Kerry Livgren, When I read this it brought up all the memories of what I went through.

Beside having health issues related to Sarcoidosis, I also had a stroke in 2005. My left side was paralyzed. A blood vessel burst on the right side on the back side of my brain. I fought long and hard to get back on my feet. My wife brought my guitar tp the Hospital and put it on my lap. Through Physical Therapy, friends & Family support I am almost to where I was 4 years ago. It makes you stronger. I push myself everyday.
I signed 5 previous bands to Retrospect Records, played on Joel Ellis {former Cats in Boots/Heavy Bones vocalist {} demo project, AOG Media projects, writing with Jeff Howell {former FOGHAT, Outlaws bassist},many other projects and my current band BAD ALICE.
Peace, Roy
Scorps definitly.

Guns Def.
and i dont really like the either of the songs though
September 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
September 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteriaklaus
Scorpions of course!!!
best arrangement
best voice
September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiquid
Nice comparison LOL

but...Scorps are my fave
September 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSebastian
October 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteriaroslav

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