Cover Song Of The Month – Take Me Home Country RoadsPosted: December 11, 2010
The song I’ve selected as Cover Song Of The Month goes way back, and crosses musical styles and international borders with the cover version.
I have to admit that part of the reason I picked this song, besides thinking that the cover version is great, was to rag on Denver for dying in a plane crash because he was flying drunk. It turns out that while he did crash a plane, he was not drunk and that was not the cause of the crash.
Since all my drunk flying cracks have been wiped out by facts, I’ll just go on and show the original John Denver version of Take Me Home Country Roads.
The cover version I’ve chosen is by one of the gods of reggae, Toots Hibbert and his band The Maytals. It is said that Toots invented reggae…or at least the word that represents the style of music. Who knows if that’s the absolute truth? It makes a good story though if you are Toots Hibbert. I’m not.
Here is Toots and The Maytals version of Take Me Home Country Roads:
While radically different than the original, I have to tell you I love the Maytals cover version of this song. The feel and energy are very different. Truthfully, if you offered me a John Denver or a Toots and The Maytals CD, I am going to take Toots every time.
So now it is time to do what we do every month at Cover Song Of The Month Time…vote and comment! This month I have included a bonus poll question on the ethics of my earlier non fact based opinion of John Denver.