Reelin’ In the Years 76: Jolene

The original of this is well-known, a 1973 song by Dolly Parton.
On Jarvis Cocker’s BBC Radio 6 Music show on Sunday (I listened to it later on iPlayer) he broadcast the slowed down version, supposedly played at 33 rpm instead of 45.*

First the original speed.

Dolly Parton: Jolene

The “33” rpm sound is astonishingly effective, turning what had been a reedy, needy song of desperation into something sombre and dignified.

Dolly Parton: Jolene at 33

*Wiki says it’s slowed by 25%. 33 is 26.6% of 45 so it’s close enough.

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