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Served Three Ways: Three Covers of Jackson Browne’s “These Days”

“These Days” is a remarkable song.  Jackson Browne originally wrote the song when he was only 16 years old and submitted a demo of the track to various artists and publishing companies. The first recording of it occurred a few years later featuring vocals by Nico and finger-picked electric guitar provided by Browne himself.  Later, when he became a recording artist of his own notoriety, Browne recorded a new version of the track with his own vocals and production assistance from Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers (who subsequently recorded his own version of the song).  It’s an often covered track to be sure, and here we collect three “indie” covers of the tune performed by Mates of State, Memoryhouse and St. Vincent (I’ve found others by Elliott Smith and Clem Snide). I think it speaks to the beauty and elegance of the original that each of these artists’ stay relatively true to the flesh and blood of the original.

Mates of State – These Days (Jackson Browne Cover)
Memoryhouse – These Days (Jackson Browne Cover)
St. Vincent – These Days (Jackson Browne Cover)

So of these three, who do you think does it the best?

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Erica Johnson

    I love it! Might I recommend The Tallest Man On Earth’s version, too?

  • Oh! Great recommendation. Thanks 🙂

  • jim

    For my money, the definitive version. Ian Matthews -Valley Hi (produced by Mike Nesmith)

  • gary

    well, i’m gonna go with the original, and still the best, by mr. b. himself!

  • I still love the first version I ever heard, and perhaps the first recorded version there was, by Tom Rush. I had no idea who Jackson Browne was at the time. No one did. Then I went to see Laura Nyro on Christmas Eve 1970 at the Fillmore East and Jackson was the opening act. I’ve seen him many times since.

  • Wow! I bet that was pretty spectacular. I love it when opening bands surprise everyone. And I’ll admit, I love these three versions, but none are able to compete with the original.

  • Lifeisgood2009

    That Laura Nyro concert was great. She derserve the RR Hall induction.

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