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

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

  1. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

    Sacramento CA USA
    The Burritos was the second version I heard...the piano playing on that one is a knockout.
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  2. StarThrower62

    StarThrower62 Forum Resident

    Central NY
    Probably a lot of good versions I haven't heard yet, but I like Richard Thompson. I've had the Guitar, Vocal CD for 30 years.
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  3. Valkenburg

    Valkenburg Forum Resident

    Clarence Carter

  4. KAJ1971

    KAJ1971 Burger flipper, Sapper, book seller, nurse.

    Percy Sledge. Not heard Carr's yet. Ry Cooder does a good version.
  5. CliffL

    CliffL Forum Resident

    Sacramento CA USA
    Thanks to the OP for this thread on a great song...I just checked to see if Otis Redding ever recorded "Dark End Of The Street" and looks like he didn't...it would've been awesome if he had, I'm sure. I did find this excellent version by Joe Tex, however.

  6. majorlance

    majorlance How do you call your loverboy?

    Collingswood, NJ
    You just beat me to it! First version I ever heard. Maybe still the best, depending on how I'm feeling about Richard & Linda Thompson's version that day. His introductory rap (which actually occupies 4 out of the 5 minutes here!) is simply classic.
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  7. Bemagnus

    Bemagnus Music is fun

    James Carr
    Many great versions but I these case no competition
    As Dan Penn said
    People keep asking me what sa the best version of Dark end of the street. As If there were any other version than James Carrs"
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  8. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    Not heard many versions but Frank Black turned in a decent iteration on Fast Man/Raider Man.
  9. Chuckorama

    Chuckorama Forum Resident

    San Francisco
    I agree James Carr did it first and best but the other versions in the poll also have merit. I honestly don't know a bad version of this song. Honorable mention to Ry Cooder for both his early instrumental take and his later versions with Bobby King and Terry Evans. Dan Penn, the author, cut the song too. Here is his live version from "Moments from This Theatre" with Spooner Oldham.

  10. Beyond Mania

    Beyond Mania Active Member

    Los Angeles
    Linda's version was the first one I heard and it's still my favorite. But I do love the James Carr version almost as much.
  11. folkfreak

    folkfreak Forum Resident

    I love the Moving Hearts version sung by Christy Moore

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  12. Bluesman Mark

    Bluesman Mark But I'm innocent! Swan stole my music & framed me!

    James Carr. Did it 1st & did it best. Case closed.
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  13. Davido

    Davido I got a bird that whistles I got a bird that sings

    It’s one of Carr’s masterworks. Don’t take that away from him (as if anyone could).
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  14. Eric Carlson

    Eric Carlson Forum Resident

    Valley Center, KS
    Dan Penn cut it on his 1994 album as well. Definitely a great, great song.

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  15. kreen

    kreen Forum Resident

    Well, I've never heard any version but the Flying Burritos', but I still voted for that one as the best version, because it's one of my favorite tracks on any album, so I can't imagine any version being better.
  16. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Raleigh, N.C.
    James Carr, obviously.

    I also like the R&L Thompson version.

    There are also good versions by Ry Cooder and Joanna Connor not listed.
  17. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

    Cincinnati Ohio
    As much as I love the FBB version and think Gram really nails the vocal, the James Carr version is just head and shoulders about all of them IMHO.
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  18. barking spider

    barking spider Forum Resident

    the netherlands
    I'll throw this one in. I realy like it but still no contest for James Carr

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  19. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Raleigh, N.C.
    Not my favorite (that would be James Carr), but a great version:

  20. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Raleigh, N.C.
  21. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Music Appreciator

    Eastern Iowa
  22. pool_of_tears

    pool_of_tears Music Appreciator

    Eastern Iowa
    You’ll be ok :)
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  23. McLover

    McLover Forum Resident

    East TN
    My second choice, next to James Carr.
  24. chervokas

    chervokas Forum Resident

    James Carr but the Richard and Linda is great.
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  25. peteham

    peteham Forum Resident

    Simcoe County
    Richard + Linda - but that's what my entry point was. I imagine whoever sang it, the first time you heard it dictates your vote. Although, I can't imagine anyone singing it better than Linda Thompson!

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