“(I Know) I’m Losing You” – Rod Stewart

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The original version of “(I Know) I’m Losing You” by the Temptations is one of the legendary Motown group’s best songs. But Stewart’s explosive cover from his 1970 masterpiece “Every Picture Tells a Story” is one of those rare covers (like Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” and Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”) that blows the original out of the water. I feel bad for saying that because the original Temptations song is strong stuff. But I would argue that Stewart here, already one of the greatest vocalists of all time, invests so much of himself into this song that this is a peak which Stewart has yet to duplicate … even 43 years later. Not only does Stewart shred on this song, but that freakin’ drum sound by Mickey Waller will rattle your fillings. Greil Marcus once said that Waller deserved the Noble Prize for Physics for his drumming on this album and I do not disagree one bit.

“I’m Losing You” – John Lennon and Cheap Trick

Why oh why, wasn’t this the track used on “Double Fantasy”? Lennon … plus the best (and most underrated) hard rock band of the 1970s? This is so much better than the version that wound up on the album. An edgier, grittier, and harder rockin’ version of an already great song.