New Poll: Which vocal performance of 'Echoes' do you prefer?

So which is it?
The deep, moody Dylanesque original?
(listen below)
Or the mature, less mannered vocal from 1972? (listen above)

Scroll down to vote.


ge said…
is there a link to rehear the later version?
I disliked the 'LA' so much i never digitized.
ECHOES is an important GC song, and I'm dwelling more on your POV.
+ Leon's contribution is pretty genius too!
The Clarkophile said…
I'll try to post the LA version on YouTube in the next couple of days.
ge said…
I [like most?] was a latecomer to '-With the Gosdins', due to its flying so low on US radar on its release---never heard of nor saw it advertised or displayed til a British import of the LP --that opened with ECHOES --was released in the 80s. Then I really feel in love w/ Gene's schtick and eventually collected his other alba. So the existence of 'LA sessions' never made much sense---why tamper with 60s sonic perfection [w/ busybody-70s 2nd-guessing]? 'LA' struck me as too bassy and sterile, less atmospheric/less layered---i ditched it quickly...the reworking choice almost seems symptomatic of the change in drugs from magic grass to manic coke!

= a long way of voting for the original!
PS good grafix on the site!
Sha said…
I'm in with the majority here - it's the original for me. He sounds like he is giving it 100% and his voice has more depth than in the early LA version where he sounds somewhat timid and careful - I still like it though.

I must admit I wasn't aware of the significant difference in the vocals until I listened to them again. Thanks for pointing it out!
false said…
I prefer the original also. I'm not sure what the point of the LA sessions is. I don't really like them though. He sounds like he isn't putting effort into some songs, and on the other songs, the vocals sound thin and weak. I much prefer the original!! It's one of my favorite GC songs, and it really made me into a Gene fan.
The Clarkophile said…
I prefer the original as well. The '72 vocals sound tentative, a little weak, like he didn't feel them anymore.

The remix sucks too.
Anonymous said…
I like them both.