It’s time for another Battle of the Bands and today I’m featuring covers of the Marshall Tucker Band’s Can’t You See. Give a listen to the two contenders and vote which one you like best. I’ll post the results in 6 days!
“Can’t You See” is a song written by Toy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band. The song was originally recorded by the band on their 1973 debut album, The Marshall Tucker Band, and released as the album’s first single. It was re-released in 1977 and peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also featured in the Johnny Depp film Blow, the Christopher Walken film Scotland, PA, in a 2011 commercial for Busch Beer and a 2012 ad for tourism in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. A live version of the song is included as the final track on the band’s 1975 album, Searchin’ for a Rainbow.
The song is noted for its flute introduction done by Jerry Eubanks.
Here is the Marshall Tucker Band performing it. This is presented for your enjoyment only as they are not part of the battle. That flute gets me every time! (If you’d like to hear more Marshall Tucker Band music, stop on over to my A-Z Musical Tour of My Life post which features several Marshall Tucker greats).
Several artists did covers of the song, including Waylon Jennings, the Charlie Daniels Band, Hank Williams Jr, Alabama and others. My battle today features covers by Poison and the Zac Brown Band (with Kid Rock):
Poison: Poison is an American hard rock/glam metal band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. They covered Can’t You See for their 2007 album Poison’d!, their seventh studio album featuring 14-tracks of recordings of Poison’s favorite rock classics. Nine new tracks recorded in 2007; and five previously released covers make up the album.
Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock: Zac Brown Band is an American country music band based in Atlanta, Georgia, on the Southern Ground Artists label.
The Zac Brown Band, along with Kid Rock, covered “Can’t You See” on their 2010 live benefit album, Pass the Jar. “Pass the Jar – Zac Brown Band and Friends Live (From the Fabulous Fox Theatre In Atlanta)” is the second live album by the American country music band. It was released on May 4, 2010. As of September 2015, the album has sold 526,000 copies in the US.
Here is their cover of Can’t You See:
TIME TO VOTE! Which version do you like better and why?
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