Thursday, January 15, 2009

I'm Barely Hangin' On, Y'all

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, one of the best things you can do for yourself is turn on the TV and look for one of many Motown Collection infomercials. The other night I was watching one and was reminded of the great classic by Diana Ross & The Supremes, You Keep Me Hangin' On. There's something about the funk guitar line that kills me. There's no reason to argue against The Supremes version of the song (and I ain't gonna try) but there are several other versions that are worth a listen.

Each song in the Is This Tight?: You Keep Me Hangin' On collection has something to stimulate your ears. Hugh Masekela, better known for the tune Grazing In the Grass, recorded a subtle, slow version in the vein of Richie Havens. Kim Wilde's version from the '80's has something for all you keytar solo enthusiasts. And of course Aretha's version is beyond incredible, trading an electric guitar for a dirty acoustic with a slide.

For the first time, Is This Tight? is toying with an embedded flash player in addition to our usual .zip download. It's a work in progress folks.

1. Diana Ross & The Supremes - You Keep Me Hangin' On
2. Vanilla Fudge - You Keep Me Hangin' On
3. Aretha Franklin - You Keep Me Hangin' On (This Girl's In Love With You/Spirit In the Dark Outtake)
4. Hugh Masekela - You Keep Me Hangin' On
5. Wilson Pickett - You Keep Me Hangin' On
6. Rod Stewart - You Keep Me Hangin' On
7. Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin' On

Is This Tight? Collection You Keep Me Hangin' On

1 comment:

Paul said...

I'm partial to the Fudge, but you've got several great ones here.