Dec 8, 2012

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Two Sides

Aretha Franklin - Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (1967)

Two versions of the classic written by Chips Moman and Dan Penn. This was a modest hit for Aretha but it's rightly grown over time into one of her best remembered songs.

When Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers covered it only two years later, it became a sort of majestic country waltz and didn't suffer a bit. To me, Gram's vocals are just as heartbreaking as Aretha's on this one, especially with Chris Hillman's backing harmonies and that strange pedal steel playing by Sneaky Pete Kleinow which always seemed to keep the Burrito Brothers glued together even when they were too drunk to play. The Nashville studios probably didn't like Kleinow's style but it always worked perfectly behind Gram.

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Do Right Woman, Do Right Man (1969)

1 comment:

  1. Jerome,

    Oddly, I first heard this song on a Willie Nelson record and found it kind of oddly sexual for Willie. It was the eighties after all, when I'd heard it. In retrospect, it seems a bit like a feminist anthem, or advancement, in any case. Kind if like Respect. Great song, anyway.



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