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Baby please don't go, baby please don't go, baby please don't go down to New Orleans, I love you so, baby please don't go.
posted by flapjax at midnite (24 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
Baby Please Don't Go "compilation". features most of the artists visited in this FPP, plus one or two others...

And here's a later version (1963, live) from Big Joe Williams.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:09 AM on June 12, 2008


Grateful Dead did a good cover but I can't find it on the tubes.
posted by stbalbach at 8:20 AM on June 12, 2008


Too bad there doesn't appear to be a YT version of one of the best versions of them all.
posted by googly at 8:22 AM on June 12, 2008


Thank you, googly, I was just about to post that one.
posted by grounded at 8:24 AM on June 12, 2008


Them used to do a really good cover as well, but finding Van on YouTube is kinda hard.

On preview: what googly said.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 8:26 AM on June 12, 2008


BUDGIE.
posted by Sailormom at 8:37 AM on June 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


OMG, that was just an excuse to post Bon Scott dressed up as Pippi Longstocking, wasn't it, flapjax? Well, it's one of my favorite songs as well, and I'd never heard the AC/DC rendition before, which is AWESOME.

The first I heard the song, I'd just gotten Ted Nugen'ts Double Live Gonzo when I was 11 or 12. So here's the obligatory Motor City Madman link.

You know I love you so! Excellent post.
posted by not_on_display at 8:41 AM on June 12, 2008


Jesus, how I used to loathe Budgie. During the early 70's, it seemed as though you couldn't see a gig without Budgie occupying their usual third billing. I'm astonished anyone even remembers them, that's how bad they used to be.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 8:55 AM on June 12, 2008


...that was just an excuse to post Bon Scott dressed up as Pippi Longstocking, wasn't it, flapjax?

Haha! Actually, I think the whole post was just an excuse to link to The Ballroom's version: a de-soul-ification right up there with DEVO's masterstroke cover of Satisfaction.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:56 AM on June 12, 2008


AC/DC nailed it for me
posted by troutmask at 9:06 AM on June 12, 2008


I don't know. I always thought Budgie were a decent power trio. But I never saw them live. And really, I can't think of anyone I know who has heard of them.
posted by Sailormom at 9:20 AM on June 12, 2008


great collection. too bad Van Morrison didn't make the list.
posted by mikearauz at 9:47 AM on June 12, 2008


Love this song.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:03 AM on June 12, 2008


The Budgie version was also the first one i thought of, fwiw.
posted by stifford at 10:19 AM on June 12, 2008


And really, I can't think of anyone I know who has heard of them.

*contemplates "nude disintegrating parachutist woman" as sock puppet name. decides it's just not worth it.*
posted by sleepy pete at 10:24 AM on June 12, 2008


Well, someone's got to suck it up and post the obligatory link to "American Idol" contestant Amanda Overmyer. I guess that someone is going to be.
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 11:11 AM on June 12, 2008


Learn how to play it yourself.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 4:33 PM on June 12, 2008


Amboy Dukes!
posted by Faze at 4:54 PM on June 12, 2008


I can't think of anyone I know who has heard of them.

On reflection, it might have had something to do with the other bands that I saw them framed by. Between 1970 and 1972 or 1973, I used to work at this venue for Roger Eagle. Nothing exciting, just helping roadies lug in the gear, in return for free admission to the gigs (and pot dealing rights to the bands).

They might have been great, but when you seeing them playing the same 1500 seat venue alongside bands like Free, John Martyn, Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music, Captain Beefheart, Lou Reed, David Bowie, The Faces, The Kinks, etc. they came across as very weak sauce indeed.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 7:47 PM on June 12, 2008


I'm trying to find the version by Mose Allison that used to enchant me so many years ago. Not on Youtube, alas
posted by seawallrunner at 8:20 PM on June 12, 2008


I guess the poster who is mistaken about the best version of all has never heard the truly best version.
posted by Reverend Robbie at 8:43 PM on June 12, 2008


Reverend R — truly indeed; that's the version I always think of first as well.

p.s. Why doesn't the guy stop singing and just go down to New Orleans with the girl, if she's gotta go? (Or is she headed for the House of the Rising Sun?)
posted by LeLiLo at 9:11 PM on June 12, 2008


I guess the poster who is mistaken about the best version of all has never heard the truly best version.

On the contrary, I find this to be the most soulless and dull version of all those presented. Even Aerosmith's cover of the Animals' version has some balls.

On the other hand, the 1963 Big Joe Williams performance is breathtaking. Thanks, flapjax!
posted by medialyte at 9:23 PM on June 12, 2008


great post -- thanx for setting me onto this vid.
posted by dancestoblue at 1:14 AM on June 18, 2008


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