The Sound of the Trees

With the temperature beginning to stir it is about time to end this blogging hibernation. And what better way than to trace some wonderful classics as they appear in Trees through the ages. Lets start with that gritty classic, Midnight Special. I’m always a sucker for a song where a new line starts just when you think the singer should be taking a breath, and this is one of the best.

Leadbelly got there early on:

And Odetta sings it how it should be:

So, who in the Trees has done justice to the song?

Not, in my humble opinion, the otherwise fab Spencer Davis Group:

And here is a short take from Journey, who happen to get a whole Tree just to themselves:

Then there’s Ken Colyer’s skiffle version with Alexis Korner:

Luckily we have Van Morrison, to bring it all back home. There’s hope after all:

And if you haven’t had enough yet, here’s Van, with Lonnie and Chris Barber, in a skiffle revival version of 2007.

2 thoughts on “The Sound of the Trees

  1. I am surprised not to see a mention of the CCR version. While I agree that Odetta is definitive, Creedence was the gateway to Odetta and many other wonderful musicians for many of us, and it holds a special place in this music fan’s heart.

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