Ben Sollee originally came to my attention (and really won me over) with a cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” He has a great, surprisingly soulful voice that lends itself well to covers of old songs, so when I saw that he’d done a cover from one of my favorite old-school artists, Cat Stevens, I had to check it out.
Sollee, of course, does well with the song. I can’t say I know much about the recording, coming via LargeHeartedBoy‘s daily download series. All indications seem to point towards it being a simple live rendition, recorded early this year in Durham. Sollee sells it hard, his signature cello playing imbuing the song with a folksy flair. His voice is on at full force too, as he sings with an outright passion that’s rare outside the live setting. The audience joins in at times too, singing along with the classic chorus. Sollee’s on my list of “I Want to See Live,” and this recording’s a perfect representation of why.