Sunday, February 17, 2013
The Song Remains the Same, or Does It: Ball and Chain
Featuring a full out raw vocal, no one wailed the blues or made you feel them like Janis. This link is from 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and it a joy watching a legend in the making.
Janis Joplin "Ball and Chain"
There are a few different songs with this name, so I've tried to get a wide range of sounds. Next up is a polar opposite from the Joplin version. It is from a 1982 album by English band XTC and is a pop anthem if ever I heard one.
XTC "Ball and Chain"
Ok, coming back to real music, Elton John put a little country flavor to his take on the song. It was featured on his 1982 album Jump Up and features Pete Townshend on acoustic guitar.
Elton John "Ball and Chain"
And the last version is from a 80's-90's California based reggae/punk/ska band called Sublime. A medley of 5546/Ball and Chain. I'm just loving this song.
Sublime "Ball and Chain"
Pick a favorite, I still love Janis but the reggae flavor is keeping my feet moving.