Sure, John Lennon’s original is precious in its own right, but as I’ve stated on these pages in the past, for me the definitive version of “Jealous Guy” is the soul-drenched Donny Hathaway cover off his very much essential 1972 live album. Note: If you’ve not made that album a part of your life, you may wanna close this page right now and get on it.
While traveling over the holidays I had a major Faces jones and, sadly, did not have their indispensable box set, Five Guys Walk into a Bar, burned onto my laptop. Hence, I had to settle for some youtube vids. Upon returning to L.A. I very much remedied this and am happy to report that Ronnie Wood and the lads have been getting a serious work out the past two weeks. While I’m generally not a staunch advocate of the box set in lieu of individual LPs, when done right, they can provide an excellent alternate view of a bands career. Five Guys does just this, as it comes with a healthy amount of previously unreleased material including the Faces cover of “Jealous Guy;” a track that was apparently considered for release on the band’s album, Long Player, before reconsidering.
Like everything the Faces put their stamp on, the track rolls with a swagger — all barrelhouse piano and Stewart’s gravelly croon. And how about that rumored ’09 reunion?
MP3: Faces :: Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover)
MP3: Donny Hathaway :: Jealous Guy
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