Flipping through YouTube this evening I found another version of "Hello in There" written by John Prine and performed by Natalie Merchant, Michael Stipe and Billy Bragg. I always found the live London recording of this very moving and this evening found a version performed in the Czech Republic in 1990. There is a version on the 'Campfires' CD, but it is nice to see the interaction between Ms Merchant and Mr Stipe and the emotion they put into the song.
The original recording by John Prine is fine, but the Merchant / Stipe / Bragg one seems to bring out the message of the song more.
It would be interesting to see what other recordings do the same. Any suggestions?
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I got this from the library back when it was first released in 1999. I knew nothing about the band but noted that there was a cover of 'Frankie & Johnny' and one of 'John Henry' on it. These were two of the songs that drew me into my love of the blues as a teenager (the versions by Champion Jack Dupree and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee respectively in case you are wondering). So I wondered how they might be interpreted by an obviously modern band. Much more different than I could imagine, as it turned out, and far from the sort of thing I usually listened to at the time.
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