Friday, February 1, 2008

Dolly Does Dusty...

So I've been listening to (and enjoying way too much I might add) Shelby Lynne's new album, "Just a Little Lovin'." It's an album dedicated to and inspired by the music of the magnificent Dusty Springfield. It's really like eighteen shades of awesome and I'm enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I recommend it to everyone, especially if you're a Dusty or Shelby fan.

The only disappointing aspect of the album for me is the fact that Lynne doesn't cover my favorite Springfield song of all time, "Son of a Preacher Man." Such love have I had for this song that I wanted to perform it in my third grade talent show. (Much to my mother's horror I might add.) This little plan of mine never came to fruition. (Much to my mother's relief I'm sure.) But my love for the song never diminished.

Where is the Dolly connection, you ask? There is one. I promise.

"Son of a Preacher Man" was recorded by Dolly for either "Something Special" or "Treasures." (Methinks "Treasures," since it was a cover album and "Something Special" was an album composed solely of Dolly originals. But I could be wrong.) Anyway, for one reason or another, the song was not included on the album.

Nevertheless, it was performed on the Tonight Show and an episode of "Primetime Country" from the now defunct TNN network. I'm not quite sure why it was performed on these shows and not included on the album. That seems odd. (There are rumors that it appears on a European laserdisc. I've never heard a studio version of the song.)

The version that I've included for download is from the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I have to admit, it's not the best quality. Not bad by any means. Just not wonderful either.

It also pains me to say that I'm actually not crazy about Ms. Dolly's version of the song. (Heresy, I know.) It's just missing something for me. Maybe it's the fact that the orchestrations are so drastically different from Dusty's version. I don't know.

But I saw a few posts over at the official site with people saying that they wanted to hear it. So I figured I'd post it here.

Ohh... and I just wanted to thank everyone who has written me about the blog. It's nice to know that people are reading and downloading. If anybody has any requests, let me know. If I have it, (and it's not commercially available) I'll put it up.

Here's the link. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...

I was looking forward to hear Dolly sing the classic "Son of a preacher man" but unfortunately the link doesn't work. It says "Sorry, the file you requested is not available."
( The other songlinks don't work either... )

JJ said...

Sorry... I'll fix them tomorrow. And I'm uploading new stuff tomorrow as well.