I wondered what your thoughts were...
I make a habit of hunting out different cover versions of tracks, pretty much at random as the fancy takes me. Sometimes it's interesting just to see how many different versions of a particular track I can find. Other times it happens quite by accident. I bought a Jordan Rudess album on a whim and was stunned by the cover versions of some prog rock classics on there! His take on ELP's Tarkus is, in my opinion as a die hard ELP fan (first band I really got into as a teen), that it is how the track should have sounded all those decades ago!
Others that spring to mind are Hendrix's version of All Along The Watch Tower, Alien Ant Farm's Smooth Criminal. There are stacks out there.
So, in your opinion, which covers do you prefer to the original performance?