Friday, June 7, 2013
Video Spotlight: "The Ghost of Tom Joad" (Tom Morello, Anne Preven, Boston Pops)
Tom Morello is no stranger to E Street fans. He even filled in for Stevie Van Zandt during Bruce’s most recent Australian tour. Anne Preven on the other hand is not terribly well known. I only know one song by her, “Torn”, and I only came to know that song because it was covered and became a massive hit for Natalie Imbruliga in the late 90’s. However, while I was never a fan of Imbruliga’s cover, the first time I heard Anne Preven doing the original song, acoustically on The Howard Stern Show, I became a HUGE fan of the song. Seriously give it a listen and you will thank me.
It was actually while looking for that performance of “Torn” that I stumbled across this video on YouTube. While not professionally filmed, the quality is still good and it’s just such an interesting combination. A rock guitar icon, an angry feminist songwriter, and the Boston Pops covering a Springsteen song. And it works! Notice that they stayed close to the original Springsteen arrangement of the song and did not go with Morello’s cover version that he did with Rage Against The Machine. Smart call there, as I hate the Rage version of this song.
They all sound great here. Preven's voice is great, Morello's guitar playing is amazing as always, and the Boston Pops adds a certain haunting element to the song that really fits in and seems natural. It's one of the best performances of this song that I've heard.