Wednesday, January 10, 2007

In a "Positively 4th Street" mood today

Four live versions for you, my friends:

X (MP3)

Lucinda Williams (M4A)

The Byrds (M4A)

Bob Dylan with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (MP3)

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harris said...

X: exene sure has cast a shadow over a lot of singers. amazingly influential, considering she can't actually sing. nice sound from mr. zoom. B+

Lucinda Williams: can somebody learn to amplify acoustic guitars so they don't read all rubber-bandy on the microphones? deer-in-the-headlights vocal. B

Byrds: "This is a song by Bob Dylan" Doesn't McGuinn introduce all Byrds songs that way? And is that Clarence White? jeez, Jerry Garcia robbed him blind. A- (bonus points for the guitar)

Dylan/Petty: Dreamy punk-rock vocal. Who is that guy? Every time I hear the Heartbreakers the same phrase comes to mind: The horse knows the way back to the barn. A

thanks, that was fun.

January 10, 2007 6:48 PM  
Jimmy said...

The X performance is from 1986, at the 'dise in Boston. The reason it sounds like Billy Zoom is playing two guitars is that there are two guitars. Neither of them were played by Zoom, though. For about half of 1986, after Zoom left, there were two guitarists in X: Dave Alvin and Tony Gilkyson.

Your line about Petty made me laugh out loud. Thanks.

January 11, 2007 9:00 AM  

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