Sunday, February 14, 2010

Johnny Cash's "In My Life"

It's this Sunday's Beatles cover. I know of some who swear by it, and then there are others, like myself, who can't muster nearly the same level of enthusiasm for it. In my view, Cash's rendition is just too Johnny Cash: dirtied and disheveled. These qualities usually work in his favor, but the original version of "In My Life," possibly the greatest pop song ever recorded, thrives off of being clean and precise. Much is lost when that's changed. In fact, it seems that much is lost when any detail of the original is changed. Cash gave "In My Life" an honest, true-to-himself try, but he came up short, and perhaps inevitably so.

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