It’s time for another Battle of the Bands and today I’m featuring a One Hit Wonder from the 70s. “Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games with Me)” is a song written and recorded by Minneapolis-based band Crow that appeared on their 1969 album Crow Music. It reached #19 on The U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart. I’m pitting Crow’s original version against the cover by Black Sabbath. Give a listen to the two contenders and vote which one you like best. I’ll post the results in 6 days!
Contender #1: Crow
Crow is a blues rock band, that was first active from 1967 to 1972. They are best known for this song “Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games With Me),” which was notably covered by Black Sabbath. Crow’s version features some outstanding brass. Ironically, the Crow band members were at first against adding the horns.
Contender #2: Black Sabbath
Evil Woman (Don’t Play Your Games with Me) was covered in 1970 by Black Sabbath –an English rock band formed in 1968 by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and the widely recognized singer Ozzy Osbourne. It was released as their first single (also known simply as “Evil Woman”). The song also appeared on Sabbath’s debut album, Black Sabbath, later that year.
Despite being Sabbath’s first single, “Evil Woman” was excluded from Black Sabbath’s debut album in the United States, being replaced by “Wicked World”. The song was first officially released in the U.S. in 2002, on the compilation Symptom of the Universe: The Original Black Sabbath 1970-1978. Their version has some fantastic guitar work.
TIME TO VOTE! Which version do you like better and why? And when you’re done voting, please visit these other BOTB participants and check out their cool battles:
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