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“…And I’m gonna be high, as a kite, by then.” – Elton John, 1972, Honkey Chateau

Jim James and Co. have long been about the choice cover song. A number of which can be found on the Darla Records issued Early Recordings Chapter 1 & 2. These two (separate) collections cull tracks recorded prior to the release of 2001’s At Dawn including eclectic covers, demos, and b-sides.

Besides the obvious Dune reference, Chapter 1 is home to the band’s cover of Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” In regard to the mood and sound of MMJ’s cover, the adjective that immediately comes to mind here is: “spooky.” This is classic recording-in-a-grain-silo-in-Kentucky My Morning Jacket, a far cry from sound the band would evolve into a decade later on this years Evil Urges. I could listen Jim James take on disparate covers all day long; fortunately, for fans, he is more than willing to accommodate (see the bands set lists from this summer). Also: savvy trainspotters may have noticed the inclusion of the bands “Rocket Man” cover at the end of the pilot episode for Showtime’s new drama Californication.

Elsewhere: if you haven’t seen it yet, check out this clip & mp3, on Gorilla vs. Bear, of Erykah Badu joining My Morning Jacket in Dallas, last weekend the Palladium, as the band covered her 1997 jam, Tyrone.” Smooth. The band’s cover of Badu’s “Tyrone” can be found on Chapter 2: Learning.

Download:
MP3: My Morning Jacket :: Rocket Man
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Amazon: My Morning Jacket – Chapter 1 The Sandworm Cometh: Early Recordings

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9 Responses to “My Morning Jacket :: Rocket Man (Elton John)”

  1. i was at the dallas show…kind of awesome.

  2. The really nice thing about this version is that Jim James can nail Elton’s falsetto – so few can pull that off. Thanks for pointing this out!

  3. One of the more amusing things I’ve read in the last few years was “A Letter to Elton John from the Office of the NASA Administrator” at McSweeney’s:

    http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2005/12/9moe.html

  4. i love everything about MMJ, but that erykah badu track is totally awesome.

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  6. I really believe this band descended from the heavens…

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  8. they also do a so-bad-its-good “take my breathe away”(berlin?) inwhich jim james sounds like that old pervert dude herbert from family guy. mmj makes bitchin ‘fucktracks’. i love them.

  9. it is very usefull thanks

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