Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Number 858 - Cowboy Junkies



Number 858

Cowboy Junkies

"Sweet Jane"

(1988)
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Genre:Indie Rock
Lou Reed would turn over in his grave (If he had one) listening to this version .... surley? Not even
"The Trinity Session is perhaps their best known record, recorded live in a single day on a single microphone in a church in Toronto. This album also included a unique cover version of The Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane". Lou Reed, the song's original author, reportedly liked the Junkies' version of the song better than his own, and began performing their version in concert."
Ah, see, now thats a nice story isn't it... and good on ole Lou Reed too.
"Who says you can't make a great record in one day -- or night, as the case may be? The Trinity Session was recorded in one night using one microphone, a DAT recorder, and the wonderful acoustics of the Holy Trinity in Toronto. Interestingly, it's the album that broke the Cowboy Junkies in the United States for their version of "Sweet Jane," which included the lost verse. It's far from the best cut here, though. There are other covers, such as Margo Timmins' a cappella read of the traditional "Mining for Gold," a heroin-slow version of Hank Williams' classic "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Dreaming My Dreams With You" (canonized by Waylon Jennings), and a radical take of the Patsy Cline classic "Walkin' After Midnight" that closes the disc. Those few who had heard the band's previous album, Whites Off Earth Now!!, were aware that, along with Low, the Cowboy Junkies were the only band at the time capable of playing slower than Neil Young and Crazy Horse -- and without the ear-threatening volume. The Timmins family -- Margo, guitarist and songwriter Michael, drummer Peter, and backing vocalist and guitarist John -- along with bassist Alan Anton and a few pals playing pedal steel, accordion, and harmonica, paced everything to crawl. "
Sweet Jane is as sexy, as Elle McPherson is in underwear, sophisticated and as enjoyable as a spearmint milkshake.
For Velvet Underground see Number 953
For Lou Reed see Number 918
For Neil Young see Number 938 & Number 677
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Hey C'mon , we worship Reed yanno) and the Album ranked at Number (Dont rate remakes sorry)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 60.6 out of 108
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Blogger Lyn said...

I like it! An ambitious and intriguing project, and a real argument starter (I would've plugged for the Ad Libs' 'Boy From New York City', but I'm an old codger, and I preferred earlier Di-Vinyls, 'Boys In Town' etc.). Well done for posting strong opinions (one mark of a great blog) and I hope settling on #1 isn't too much of a challenge (or do you already know it?). I've linked to you from my ridiculously overcrowded links page http://poparchives.com.au/links.php#15

8:31 pm  
Blogger crowbarred said...

Well thank you very much! Nice word indeedies. Yes i do know the number one song as for all of the 1000 songs. Unfortunately it takes bloody ages to do just one song! And thankyou for the link i appreciate it! :)

9:14 pm  

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