Monday, April 06, 2015

And Speaking of Gorgeous (An Occasional Series)

Thanks to the nice folks at Shout!Factory, I was able to shnorr a Blu-ray version of the 2012 MusiCares tribute to Paul McCartney a few weeks ago...

...and unsurprisingly (for this sort of thing) the performances are inconsistent, ranging from the cringeworthy (the cast of Cirque du Soleil) to the charming (Duane Eddy's twangy guitar version of "And I Love Her").

And I never thought I'd say this, but Neil Young and Crazy Horse -- who render an inappropriately elephantine version of "I Saw Her Standing There" -- absolutely flat out suck.

This Alison Krauss and Union Station performance, however -- of one of Sir Paul's MTV era hits (which I hadn't thought much about in years) -- is about as achingly beautiful as it gets.

Krauss sings the very bejeezus out of the song, obviously, but the secret weapon here is Jerry Douglas on dobro, in a performance for which the word "transplendent" seems to have been specifically coined.


Anonymous said...

Agreed. Had the great privilege of attending this show. This number brought a few tears rolling down my cheeks. But more than that, it was a revelation. It made me realize that I had never really heard this song before.

Vickie Rock

Dave said...

This is new to me and I like it so much more than the original that I have to agree with Vickie -- I've never really heard the song before. Thanks for this, Steve -- it's beautiful.

Dave F.

Anonymous said...

Hello,please remain seated,

Wow. Game, set, and match to AKUS on this song. Artistry, concept, execution...pity the band that followed them on this night.

(Steve...have you ever done a post on "songs-you-never-got-till-so&so-sang-the-bejeezus-out-of-them?)


Anonymous said...

AKUS does equal justice to 'I Will'
check it out Steve