"Dark End Of The Street" (2008, Matador Records) is a double-10" vinyl offering from Cat Power. The release contains 6 cover versions, which were the excess fat trimmed from Cat Power's early '08 release "Jukebox."
The album kicks off w/the title track, an old soul tune which Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) has given her trademark moody rendition. In addition, "Dark End..." gives makeovers to "Fortunate Son" (slower, moodier than CCR's original version) and "Ye Auld Triangle" (more toned down than the Pogues original).
One of the album's highlights is a cover of "It Ain't Fair" (Aretha Franklin); Marshall's take is (once again) moodier than the previous version, but it remains one of the albums best cuts, a spellbinding album-ender.
Apparently, this album is a limited-edition release, so don't hesitate if you're a fan of Cat Power's recent releases: "The Greatest" (2006) & "Jukebox" (2008). It is unknown if "Dark End" will surface on CD format.
That's it. A quickie review for a quickie album.
Dark End of the Street [12 inch Analog] EP, インポート
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Some left over gems from a great session2008年12月11日 - (Amazon.com)
I really dig Cat Power. I also really enjoy her cover albums: The Covers Album and Jukebox. They offer some nice soul takes on some classic songs. My favorite are the ones that weren't soul songs to begin with like "Fortunate Son" which is on this EP. If you like Cat Power and her work, than don't hesitate to pick this up. With all this being said, I really haven't added anything new to the discussion. So let me get to the point: I was pretty bummed when I saw this was a vinyl only relase. I do have a record player but frequently use my iPod. I want to have a portable version of this album. Luckily, it is avalible. If you look on the interenet at various (legal) download sites, this album is avalible for digital purchase. If you look around you'll find it out there.
WOW! LOVE IT!2008年12月20日 - (Amazon.com)
This is an awsome EP! I love Chan Marshall and was really disappointed with The Greatest, both the album and the tour. How could they have removed these covers from Jukebox? LOVE LOVE LOVE this EP! So happy to hear her again at her best. :-) Play it again sam!