Day #12: Joss Stone & Jeff Beck – “I Put A Spell On You”
Though many have covered Screaming Jay Hawkin’s snarling stalker hit, “I Put a Spell On You,” including former Animals frontman, Eric Burdon, Nina Simon, Thin Lizzy, and more recently, The Kills, this was probably the best of them all. I was long under the impression that it had to be as equally snarling to really get it right (The Kills didn’t come close to that), but Joss Stone’s soulful voice is anything but threatening.
As an added bonus, she’s joined by one of rock n’ roll’s greatest guitarists, Jeff Beck (the track was released on his album). This is a guy who’s been playing for more than 4 long decades, and came out of the Yardbirds with Eric Clapton. Tom thought maybe not much had been said about him, despite the long career, because he’d killed it with liquor and drugs, but I’m not so sure. I mean, it’s possible that happened for a while. Those were the decades for it, and that is the industry for it, and even Eric Clapton took salvage in a siren named cocaine (even singing a song attesting to that). But, I think for the most part, Jeff Beck was happier just collaborating and letting someone else take center stage. Kind of like Carlos Santana.
Here, he picked 25-year old British soul singer, Joss Stone, who may not be in the limelight enough thanks to the epic popularity of another deserving young singer: Adele. And that’s probably a huge disappointment to the YouTube user who wrote: “I would go full on lesbian for Joss Stone. I’d do the weird shit for her.”