I Shall Overcome was a track i immediately picked out as a highlight when i first listened to Once Upon A Time In The West. It's an immaculately produced song that presents a more reflectful side to Hard-Fi. From the driving guitar & rhythm element in the verses to the gospel tinged chorus's this has won its place as one of my favourite tracks of theirs. The chorus is haunting as Richard sings 'Love is here and i won't let you down, stand your ground... all the plans against you one by one come undone'. The song has a timeless quality about it and i love it!
(It's the radio edit included on this vinyl which adds some brass instruments to the song and cuts some of the first verse out)
And as for the b-side? It is fair to say that singing live, Richard isn't the best, but despite that, this makes for quite a charming re-working of the song and is a nice extra for fans.
1. I Shall Overcome (Radio Edit)
2. I Shall Overcome (Acoustic)