Phoenix had a big 2009. The French group’s biggest appeal is their ability to craft ebullient, universally enjoyable pop hooks on the Grammy-nominated Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. (Which is one reason you hear their songs on so many commercials.) An important part of their sound is the layered, steamrolling vocal approach (Late Night and on record) of Thomas Mars. You heard him strip down to the singular on La Blogothèque, but this pretty acoustic take on Bob Dylan’s epic Blonde On Blonde closer “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” is something else entirely. They trim the still-transportive 11-minute original to just under five minutes, but otherwise generally stick to the script. It was recorded as part of an unplugged set for the German magazine musikexpress.
Phoenix – “Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands” (MP3)
The track came via thetripwire, where you can also hear (and download) acoustic versions of “Lisztomania” and “1901.” They offer new, raw angles on a couple of well-worn favorites. Even for folks who didn’t even realize they were well-worn favorites, @travismorrison:
And, hey, another angle, this one courtesy of Memory Tapes’ “1901” revision.