Anyone who’s ever had a dream :: VOTD

Sweet Jane :: Cowboy Junkies

Sweet Jane is originally a song by The Velvet Underground, originally appearing on their 1970 album Loaded. The song was written by band’s leader Lou Reed, who continued to incorporate the piece into live performances years later as a solo artist.

In 1988, Cowboy Junkies covered the song on their The Trinity Session album. Later released as a CD single, and used on the Trent Reznor-compiled Natural Born Killers soundtrack. It was recorded again on Trinity Revisited in 2006.

The Trinity Session was recorded at Toronto, Ontario’s Church of the Holy Trinity on November 27, 1987, with the band circled around a single microphone. The album includes a mixture of original material by the band and covers of classic folk, rock and country songs, including the band’s most famous single, Sweet Jane.

The Cowboy Junkies’ version is based on the slower early version included in 1969: The Velvet Underground Live. Lou Reed himself described it as “the best and most authentic version I have ever heard.”

Editor’s Note: I fell in love with this song on first listen, enough so that I had to have the album immediately, which I played repeatedly, especially over a particular Summer. I vividly recall listening to it on the drive back from a trip to San Francisco. I was sat in the back, my boyfriend and his good friend in the driver and passenger seats respectively. As the ocean side of the road twisted and turned the song played, encircling us in its sensuous sound, as I read pages of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer.


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