Wednesday, April 11, 2007

 

Brown Horses or Wild Sugar

A pair of Stones cover versions today that have been rolling around my head for the last few days, interestingly enough both are from artists that I wouldn't normally listen to twice. 'Wild Horses' is signed by the Sundays, who are just a little bit too twee for by taste and I have never really appreciated Harriet Wheeler's voice. Having said that this cover grabbed my attention when I discovered it hidden away as a B side for one of their Parlophone singles in the early 90's, I find that her dream like vocals suit this wistful but straight forward romp through the song. The song apparently featured in a US TV commercial in 1994, anyone know what it was for, Marlboro, Cherokee Jeeps? Probably because of this the song has been tagged onto the end of their US version of 1992 album 'Blind'.
'Brown Sugar' is another altogether more demanding and possibly rewarding cover that features the combined talents of Ryan Adams and Beth Orton. Now where it not for the presence of Ms Orton I would probably not have given the song a second listen as in all honesty I always though the young Adams to be over rated, recent reports of him following in the footsteps of the Grateful Dead would appear to back me up. Though on the other hand I've had a soft spot for Beth Orton's work ever since having been hooked on her gentle folk dance numbers from her debut 'Trailer Park'. The combing of the two on this song has proved to be inspired, instead of the rocker as in the original the song is now presented as a mournful piano led ballad full of the necessary sadness that does an excellent job of summing up the real despair behind the songs title. Keef should be impressed!

Comments:
There's a fine, fine version of Wild Horses by Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams kicking around... from a CMT Crossroads session, I believe.
 
That doesn't really surprise me as the choice seems right up ECs street, anyone know where I can find it?
 
I'm not sure if it was ever released officially... but it is out there. DVD, perhaps?
 
Patience is important for any learning process. When individuals are being taught how to stay on top of an animal, they should not be in a hurry and wait till they have enough skills. Lack of patience may expose one to careless mistakes that could cause accidents.
 
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