Today I am introducing what will become a regular feature on the blog: Who Did it Best? On Tuesdays I will post two, possibly three, versions of something–could be a song, a fictional character from movie or TV show, a book that has been turned into a movie, or maybe even a type of food that has been notably recreated. Your job is to chime in and let me know which version you prefer.
Thought I’d kick things off with one of my favorite songs: Higher Ground
Here’s what Wikipedia says about the original version:
“Higher Ground” is a funk song written by Stevie Wonder and first appearing on his 1973 album Innervisions. The song reached #4 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart and #1 on the U.S. Hot Soul Singles chart. Stevie wrote and recorded the song in a three-hour burst of creativity in May, 1973.  The album version of this song contains an extra verse and runs 30 seconds longer than the single version. The unique wah-clavinet sound in the song was achieved with a Mutron envelope filter pedal. The bass is a Moog synthesizer. Via overdubs, Wonder played all instruments on the track, including drums.
Here’s Stevie singing it:
And the challenger:
The Red Hot Chili Peppers from their 1989 album Mother’s Milk:
Other artists who recorded Higher Ground include:
Ellen McIlwaine for her 1975 album The Real Ellen McIlwaine.
The Blind Boys Of Alabama for their 2002 album Higher Ground.
Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters, on the compilation album Oh Happy Day. Source
So, who do you think did it best?