1. Some similarities that the original and cover songs have in both “Shake, rattle and roll” and “Mystery train”, is that both are originally sung by black artists and the cover is sung by white artists. Both were attempts to market early rock n roll hits that were recorded by black artists to a white middle class audience. In this situation often major labels would record a cover version of the song using a white vocalist or vocalists. The style and tone of the original versions of both songs are sung the same, both are sung at a softer tone and at a slower pace. While the cover versions of both songs are sung with a higher pitch and at a faster pace.
2. Big Joe Turners vocal performance in comparison to Bill Haley is that Big Joe sings at a lower tone. I can tell that Big Joes vocal performance is what was originally fit for the song. Bill Haley sings at a higher tone in the song, and has a higher pitch then the one that Big Joe has. I can also hear that Big Joe sings in a slower pace than the one Bill Haley sings. Junior Parkers vocal performance in comparison to Elvis Presley is also sung at a lower tone and slower pace than Elvis. Presley’s vocal style was described as a synthesis of country and R&B, and wasn’t close to what Junior Parkers style was.
3. In both songs I feel like the cover version was a “rip off” of the original song. With reading the chapter it says, that the cover versions were often withdrawn stylistically and the lyrics were “cleaned up” to remove sexual references. I can tell that in both “Shake, rattle, and roll” and “Mystery train” the style of the songs compared to the original was not the same feel. I didn’t get the same vibe that the original song was trying to give off when listing to the cover version. I also feel that in some cases a cover version of a song can be far greater than the original one, but in this case I felt like the original version did a far better job.
4. In my opinion, the original version is a better one. The feel of the original song feels more real, and just knowing that that’s the way the song is supposed to sound originally, makes the cover version less authentic. Like I mentioned in my answer in question three, while listing to the original version the song gives off a vibe that I didn’t get while listing to the cover song.