Saturday, April 28, 2007

Donny Hathaway: Jealous Guy (Live) [1972]

"I was dreamin' of the past..."

Could this be the best Lennon cover? Just a year after the song's release on Imagine, Hathaway must have felt a strong pull to do this on his own terms; to make this song his own. His arrangement brings with it a freight train of sincerity, soul and emotional baggage to bring the house down. When he's 'shivering inside' you know his heart's breaking right in front of you. When it takes two syllables just to sing 'cry' at the 2 minute mark, well, damn, will someone please forgive Donny?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is so good.

(from hypem)

Emmett said...

A friend of mine says Nilsson's "Isolation" is good. I'd like to hear that...

Big B said...

Nilsson's "Isolation" coming right up.

Michael said...

In my opinion, the best cover of "Jealous Guy" is the live version by Jimmy Scott on the Chelsea Walls soundtrack. Definitely check it out.

walkathon said...

Hathaway's version is an all-timer. A Chicago-based hip-hop group sampled that around 2000, can't recall whom offhand, though.

Yes, would love to hear Nilsson's "Isolation," please.

Satisfied '75 said...

what an album....