Monday, February 29, 2016

One More Cover



This one should have been on The Weekend Mix, but it inadvertently ended up in the folder below the one I was compiling.

First time I saw Susan Cowsill outside of television clips of The Cowsills, was at NYC's Bottom Line for one of those "Beat Goes On" events where a house band picks a theme and guest vocalists appear one after the other singing the program. I don't recall the theme of this particular night, but I will never forget Susan Cowsill delivering a huge, soulful version of Dobie Gray's "The In Crowd." It felt like the coolest thing ever at the time. I simply had no idea that her voice had such depth and purity.

Since then I have become a fan of her solo work, especially those great New Orleans nights at Carrolton Station called "Covered In Vinyl," where she and her friends, including members of the Continental Drifters, as well as some of the best New Orleans musicians around, would cover entire records, anything and everything from Band On The Run to Ziggy Stardust to one of the best nights, the Mamas & The Papas, "If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears." (Somewhere out there, you can buy that performance and I highly suggest doing so.)

Her version of this Beach Boys tune is pretty great, too. So, here it is.

6 comments:

sclinchy said...

Beautiful!

rick said...

Just wonderful. I was listening on my cell phone while driving to work, and after it finished I pressed Play again to listen to it one more time, not noticing the link had advanced to the next song. A live version of 'The Rain, The Park, and Other Things' started playing, and I've been grinning ear to ear ever since.

cmealha said...

Loved it the first time you shared it and still love it to this day. Second best version of that song ever.

Anonymous said...

No one's commented on the music at the Oscars ... so here's my take ...
Sam Smith: Embarrassingly bad. His shifts into falsetto were wobbly and just plain awful. Not polished at all - not necessarily a bad thing, but that is his thing - and the song required it. And the song was blah (tho it won). On the positive side; he's lost weight and looked good, so there is that.
Lady Gaga. Usually a fan, but thought she was totally OTT. Self-important grandiosity distracted from the worthy cause. And it would be shallow and sexist to mention that she looked like shit ... so I won't.

Anonymous said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amABjdiFYJc

jmsafree said...

Music is so personal. I have friends that can't hear what I hear and vice versa. Being at the age that I originally heard the release of DWB when it came out, the beginning vocal intro was an "aha experience." Still is to this day. My daughter selected DWB as her wedding song. While I love the Continental Drifters, SC's version of DWB does not make it for me. joe