Two versions of a song, and you, the unsuspecting reader, pick the one you like best and say why in the comments.
This pointless exercise was brought upon us by these two bloggers:
Far Away Series
STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS
The rest of us followed them like lemmings to the sea:
Tossing It Out
Your Daily Dose
Curious As A Cathy
The Creative Outlet of Stratplayer
The Sound Of One Hand Typing
As I mentioned on my October 1 post, a lot of rock and roll guitarists cite Robert Johnson as a key influence.
As an itinerant musician who played mostly on street corners or in juke joints, Johnson saw little success in his lifetime.
Legend has it that Johnson sold his soul to Satan to obtain his musical talent, and his music has certainly endured.
A few years ago, Todd Rundgren recorded an album of covers of Robert Johnson songs, although he described this as "covers of the covers," since his inspiration was the rock guitarists of the sixties.
The song "Dust My Broom" was my favorite track on the album, and I'm going to give away my vote right now-it is also my pick of the two versions.
Here then, is the Robert Johnson original.
Try not to let the fidelity of the recording sway you-it was recorded in 1936 in a San Antonio hotel room.
And here is Todd's cover.
It was recorded in his home studio in Princeville, Hawaii (on Kaua'i-not bad for a guy from Upper Darby).
A stark contrast to the sparse acoustic rendition of the original. Definitely versions for two very different listening moods.
By now, this should be old hat-comment, tell us which one you like and why.
Postscript-Monday November 17-
Just wanted to apologize for getting to your comments (and also your own posts) so late .
I was away for the weekend (attended Neal Morse's first Morsefest event).
Between problems with the hotel's Wi-Fi, eight hours of musical performances, a worship service at Neal's church, lots of discussion with fellow prog rock fans into the wee hours, flight time (and associated weather delays) between Phoenix and Nashville....and I even slept for a few hours...well I am just now getting to my PC.