But I digress. Matt on You Ain't No Picasso scooped me here by posting Colin and Shirley's versions of "Charlie." I just listened to the entirety of Colin's EP and came to the conclusion that it's not nearly as interesting as his first solo EP, a tribute to Morrissey, which is unfortunate as Shirley Collins certainly deserves more exposure, especially to fans of The Decemberists who may not otherwise know about her work. I was particularly disappointed with his version of one of my favorite folk songs, "Barbara Allen," but that makes me feel very crumudgeonly -- it's electric! Unfortunately, I don't have an mp3 of Collins' version to post for comparison, so instead of a repeat of yesterday's crabby posting of a sub-par cover and its inspiration, I'll instead post one of the tracks from Colin's EP I did like!
Colin Meloy -- Dance to Your Daddy
Shirley Collins -- Dance to Your Daddy
Shirley Collins -- Just As the Tide Was Flowing
10,000 Maniacs -- Just As the Tide Was A Flowing
(Highly recommended, the Shirley Collins box set, Within Sound.)