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Jolene (Live Under Blackpool Lights)
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Jolene (Live Under Blackpool Lights)

15 Nov. 2004 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 15 Nov. 2004
  • Release Date: 15 Nov. 2004
  • Label: XL
  • Copyright: 2004 XL Recordings Ltd
  • Duration: 3:18 minutes
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  • ASIN: B001MY8XPW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,298 in Songs (See Top 100 in Songs)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 5 Mar. 2009
I wasn't there; I wish I was. A friend sent me a recording made on her phone 2 days after, and it blew my mind.

The original by Dolly is one of the few bearable country and western songs - that hook, that melody... the agony and the soul. Covers rarely, rarely surpass the original, but I think The White Stripes may just have done it with Jolene.

This recording doesn't have Jack White's banter prior to launching into the song and it's a shame because it adds a pinch of cinnamon. But no matter. Seems churlish to complain about something that's near-perfect. It starts off almost gently, with White's individual voice - you could pick it out of a thousand singing simultaneously - pouring pain into the words. But quickly enough, Meg starts thrashing dem dere drums, and the guitar bangs its way to the top, while JW screeches at Jolene not to take his man.

"Screeches" makes it sound dreadful but, oh, it's not. It's extraordinary, and as his voice, the drums and his raging guitar combine, it may well have a physiological affect on you, be it in your heart, feet or nethers.

The luckyluckylucky Blackpool audience whoop and holler their way through the entire song, so if you're more a fan of studio performances, this won't be your cuppa milky tea. (If you want the studio version, you'll need to track down a copy of the "Hello Operator" single.)

The performance ends suddenly, with a bit of a proverbial bang, and it'll leave you gasping. It doesn't matter how many times you listen to this - it never grows old, or boring.

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