Friday, August 22, 2014

The Allman Brothers Band - Heart of Stone (2003)

A new, occasional series starts today on Bloggerhythms, Great Cover Versions, featuring songs that are just as good, or better, than their original and/or more famous versions.

In 1965 The Rolling Stones released "Heart of Stone," an early single that became a big hit in America. It's one of The Glimmer Twins better, early ballads, but today, unfortunately, it mostly takes a back seat to many of their more famous tunes. It's a fine performance with an excellent vocal by Mick Jagger.

As good as The Stones version was, The Allman Brothers Band released an even better take of this tune on their last album, Hittin' the Note, in 2003 with both Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes playing guitar. Greg Allman's superb, soulful vocal is superior to Jagger's. If this album truly was the last ABB studio set it was a great way to go out.

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