Which of these versions of Dark End of the Street do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by garrincha, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. garrincha

    garrincha Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    just a bit of fun. no arguments please chaps

    I've pretty much always thought of the Flying Burrito Brothers as the definitive version, but I'm leaning towards Ronstadt these days..

    what about you?

    cheers guys
     
  2. garrincha

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  5. CliffL

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    James Carr:

     
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  6. BroJB

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    This is the write in vote to end all write in votes.

    I give you one of the greatest soul performances in history

     
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  7. clayton

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    Another vote for James Carr
     
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  8. royzak2000

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    Bobby King and Terry Evans, Ry Cooder side men with Ry on Guitar. From the album Live and Let Live! terrific.
     
  9. BroJB

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    If this thread turns some people on to James Carr, it will have more than served his purpose.

    He was a towering talent. An absolute giant of soul.
     
  10. garrincha

    garrincha Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    oh wow! that is pretty special. very nice man
     
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  11. Chuckorama

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    Dan Penn: "Everyone keeps asking me what's my favorite version of Dark End of the Street, as if there's any version other than James Carr's"
     
  12. garrincha

    garrincha Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    ok guys. I hadn't heard that James Carr version and it's obviously incredible - so I've added it to the poll
     
  13. A6mzero

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    James Carr is the definitive version. All the rest are pale imitations.
     
  14. CliffL

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    Just checking out their version and you're right...fantastic.

     
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  16. Sebastian saglimbenI

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    I picked the flying burrito bros. But I love percy sledger's version as well......
     
  17. D_minor

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    The Commitments - Dark End of the Street

    Starts at 00:40 but don't skip...NSFW

     
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  18. A6mzero

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    The Burrito Brothers 9 votes James Carr 1 vote? This thread is officially a joke.
     
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  19. garrincha

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    woah there fella

    a) it's early doors
    b) as per above, I hadn't heard the Carr version when I originally set this up. it clearly deserves inclusion - and it's there now. so folk can change their vote if necessary
    c) your opinion is no more valid than anyone else's
    d) have a good un
     
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  20. GodBlessTinyTim

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    Underground soul legend Lee Moses does it well, but the sermonizing part goes a bit off the rails talking about mosquitoes making love and whatnot.


    Not to mention, it's the original version.
     
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  21. hutlock

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    Well stated. I voted Burritos but yeah, James Carr’s is indeed incredible. Doesn’t make me a “joke” for voting for something else though.
     
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  22. CliffL

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    Don't think I've heard Percy's version before, it's also terrific...that song is made for his style. Sounds like it was recorded at Muscle Shoals.

     
  23. Sebastian saglimbenI

    Sebastian saglimbenI Forum Resident

    YES!I think it was a tom Dowd production as well.....it's pretty perfect!
     
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  24. cgw

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    I know the song from The Commitments.
    I made a play list of original versions of the Commitments soundtrack songs (several years ago). That was when I found out about Carr's version.
    I have not heard or heard of the other versions - until now.




    P.S. Looking at wikipedia - there are plenty of other versions.
     
  25. jwstl

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    And since he wrote it, his opinion carries some weight. He actually does a fine version on his 1994 solo album Do Right Man.
     

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