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

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

  1. jimjim

    jimjim Forum Resident

    No Aretha choice?

  2. Tony Wilkinson

    Tony Wilkinson Well-Known Member

    jackson MI
    James Carr, by a mile for me. One of the truly great voices
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  3. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    James Carr

    The Burritos cover is good, but James Carr is the definitive deep soul singer
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  4. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    A great song that anyone with a soul can do a good to great version of
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  5. ad180

    ad180 Forum Resident

    As much as I love the other versions, I’m partial to Diamanda Galas/John Paul Jones’ version:

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  6. Jaycat

    Jaycat Forum Resident

    Harvard, MA, USA
    They're all great. This song is so good, it's impossible to screw it up.
  7. guitarman1969

    guitarman1969 Forum Resident

    London, UK
    I can’t believe no one’s mentioned Roy Hamilton’s version.
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  8. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    Archie Campbell & Lorene Mann

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  9. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    Eva Cassidy

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  10. SGR

    SGR Forum Resident

    For me, the James Carr version is definitive.
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  11. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Tea-sipping bad boy!

    James Carr.

    I like the version by the Commitments too.
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  12. Brian Barker

    Brian Barker "No matter where you go, there you are"

    I'll have to check out the James Carr, I've always loved the Commitments version, and fond of the Elvis Costello & the Imposters take on it.
  13. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Forum Resident

    Voted for James Carr out of the choices offered.

    I also think that Percy Sledge and Joe Tex nailed it better than any of the other choices in the poll . . . Clarence Carter also sang it well for about one verse, but used up most of the wax with an overlong rap.
  14. bodine

    bodine Forum Resident

    Washington DC

  15. 99thfloor

    99thfloor Forum Resident

    I voted for Linda Ronstadt just because that is how I first heard the song (and I thought she needed some votes), but in all honesty I guess the James Carr original really is the one (but he has enough votes already).

    Being a Reggae fan I have a soft spot for this one though:
  16. Subvet

    Subvet Forum Resident

    Southern Maine
    I voted for the Richard & Linda Thompson version. No surprise for me really, it's my favorite era of my favorite artist.

    The James Carr version is now my 2nd favorite, thanks for the introduction.
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  17. Agerst1574

    Agerst1574 Forum Resident

    No comparison-James Carr. I also really like Penn’s version.
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  18. Chemically altered

    Chemically altered Forum Resident

    In your mind
    Ry Cooder.
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  19. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    All excellent.
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  20. Bluesman Mark

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

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  21. Bluesman Mark

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

    Some interesting info on the song. The harmony vocal on Carr's version isn't a woman, it's Dan Penn singing in a higher register than usual for him.
  22. Picca

    Picca Forum Resident

    Modena, Italy
  23. iainoco

    iainoco Forum Resident

    Love the James Carr version but The Afghan Whigs also did it justice.

  24. hifidelitybill

    hifidelitybill Forum Resident

    Bruce does a real hatchet job intro and all..
  25. CrawdaddySim1

    CrawdaddySim1 Forum Resident

    Indianapolis, IN
    It was rare for Aretha to screw up any song, but I gotta go with James Carr.

    For years I thought Percy Sledge did the original... then I heard about Carr. Listening back to Percy's version, you can tell that he tried to copy Carr's version pretty much exactly... but he doesn't top it.
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