Note – a short while back I wrote a post about a jazz-rock ensemble from the Seventies called Dixie Dregs. I had a feeling they might get back together again for a brief tour. Lo and behold, that happened. They’re coming to Boston in March. I’m going. If you dig them, search on ‘Dixie Dregs’ on Ticketmaster and check their web site for the (currently) short list of cities.
‘One Song/Three Versions’ is where I take a song you probably know and throw in a couple of alternative versions that maybe you don’t know. I did find a jazz version and a (I think) metal version as well. I usually prefer doing that for a bit of the old radical reinvention. But, well, I liked these.
You all know Oasis, yes? A band from Manchester formed by the Gallagher Brothers, Liam, and Noel in 1991. Known equally for their adventures in the British tabloids, they put out some great melodic stuff.
They were heavily influenced by, among others, the Beatles and may well be the greatest band since the Beatles. Go ahead. Just ask either one of them. They’ll tell you.
In 1995, Oasis put out a massively popular album called (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? They were big everywhere in the world for a time. But even though I heard them on the radio fairly frequently, I don’t believe they were ever as huge in the States as the brothers might have liked or even as it might have seemed.
The song “Wonderwall,” supposedly about Noel’s then-girlfriend, has a title that actually comes from an album called Wonderwall Music by George Harrison. Released in 1968 as a companion to a “psychedelic” movie called Wonderwall, it was actually the first solo Beatles album. Other than that, let us just say that George’s solo career didn’t really take off till All Things Must Pass.
But anyway, this post isn’t about Harrison. And so without further ado, Oasis and “Wonderwall:”
Cat Power is a singer-songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. She’s been performing since 1992 and she’s listed in a number of musical categories. (Indie rock, folk-rock, blues-rock and whatever the fuck sadcore is.) But with her breathy, casual voice and her staccato strumming, this has “indie” written all over it.
Near as I can tell, this was recorded for a covers album but was left off. So I don’t know how it managed to make its way to YouTube but I am unaware of an official release:
Vimeo version (no Spotify)
I hear a lot about Ryan Adams from the blogosphere and I admit that there are a lot of people who know his stuff way better than I do. But the door was opened to listening to him so when I found out he had a version I decided to give it a listen.
Glad I did. Nice finger-picked arrangement with maybe just a hit of strings or whatever they use to simulate those these days. This is from his optimistic-sounding Love is Hell album:
Bonus: And if you’re really bored, check out this swingin’ version from Paul Anka. Yeah, baby!