With the tune „I‘ve Been Waiting For You“, we have a powerful original and cover version of Neil Young and David Bowie, two of the most influential singers and songwriters of their generation.
Between original and cover version is almost a quarter of a century, almost exactly 24 years.
Original and cover version
'I‘ve Been Waiting For You' by Neil Young
„I‘ve Been Waiting For You“ appeared on Neil Young's debut solo album „Neil Young“ (yes, that’s the name of the album), released in 1968.
The track is not one of Neil Young's most famous songs, but it is an atmospheric folk rock masterpiece with short and crisp two and a half minutes in length.
The song was produced by Neil Young together with David Briggs, who has also worked on music projects with world stars such as Elvis Presley, George Harrison and Alice Cooper, among others.
'I‘ve Been Waiting For You' by David Bowie
The cover version of the Neil Young song I've Been Waiting For You was recorded in 2002 by none other than David Bowie.
I've Been Waiting For You is the sixth track on his album Heathen.
Heathen was recorded by David Bowie in the period August 2001 to January 2002 with high-profile guest musicians: including Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Pete Townshend (The Who) and Tony Visconti.
David Bowie teleported "I've Been Waiting For You" into the new millennium with his unique musical flair.
Just like the original with a powerful raw rock sound, David Bowie used his creativity to create a new timeless song in its own right.
A completely different song
'I‘ve Been Waiting For You' by ABBA
The song I've been waiting for you by ABBA, released in 1974, has only the title in common with the song by Neil Young. The ABBA composition is completely different and completely independent from the Neil Young song.
In the movie Mamma Mia! Here we go again, the ABBA song is performed by the three actresses Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski.
Single release date: November 18, 1974