Saturday, May 06, 2006
Bruce Springsteen has released a cool CD, We Shall Overcome: The Pete Seeger Sessions" in which he plays some pretty hot hillbilly stuff. Two tracks stand out as great table thumping music; "Pay me my money down" and "Old Dan Tucker". The rest are more for Springsteen "unconditional fans" (e.g. you like anything that he growls out) of which most londoners are. I think that his album "Nebraska" only sold well in London and that was a real slit your wrists listening experience. For example, on the "We shall overcome" disc, Springsteen performs a version of "John Henry" that so long as you are a fan of Springsteen and unconcerned as to whether there is a good version of this tune kicking around is tolerable. If you want to hear an incredible version of John Henry, also recorded live, then check out Johnny Cash's version on Live at Folsom Prison. After all, the stuff Springsteen is just starting to do now defines the Man in Black's career. So if you like this Springsteen offering, representing the best a middle aged rocker with nothing new since Dancing in the Dark, then go for the original and pick up some Cash. That said, Springsteen's "Old Dan Tucker" is a pretty incredible tune.