Versions Galore, an all-covers blog, just put up three versions of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold," a song that can get messed up quite easily. Until yesterday, I don't recall ever hearing a cover of it that I liked. That's why I thought I'd give you a heads up. Two out of the three that they just posted are really good ones, and there's a third that you might also like. I'm only linking to the one by Betty LaVette (pictured above in her early years). It's really smooth version, with horns and a little flute (surprisingly, not annoying flute). The best one is by Charles Bradley, who is part of that whole Daptone mob. That's the one to get, really. Just trust me, go there to get it. Johnny Cash's version is down below for a little post related flair. And at the bottom are links to two live Neil Young shows, with Crazy Horse, of decent-good quality. Both can be downloaded as single songs or as a full sets. I'm partial to the one Captain's Dead, recorded at a 1987 UK show. (You won't be blamed if Dream Syndicate pops into your head.) The other one is at Visible Voice, from a 1976 Boston show.
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Betty LaVette - Heart of Gold mp3 at Versions Galore
Charles Bradley - Heart of Gold mp3 at Versions Galore Go there to get it.
Johnny Cash - Heart of Gold mp3 at Glide Magazine
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Birmingham England 1987 at Captain's Dead
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Boston, MA, 1976 at Visible Voice