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‘But It’s All Right Now . . .’

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

As I noted in Tuesday’s post about Jake Holmes’ song “So Close,” one of the covers of the song listed at Second Hand Songs is Mary Travers’ version, which she released on her 1974 album, Circles. I did a bit of looking for it, but neither Amazon nor iTunes had it in their inventories, which was not surprising, and I found no trace of the tune elsewhere. And as I wondered who among my readers and friends might have that relatively obscure recording in their collections, I thought about David Lenander.

David is, of course, a long-time reader and regular commenter here at EITW, and he’s provided guidance (and some tunes) along the way, especially when it comes to the group and solo recordings of Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers. And sure enough, yesterday’s email brought a missive from David. He detailed his methods of converting the music on LPs to digital files and asked for some advice, and he attached a couple of tunes.

One of those, as I anticipated when I opened his email, was Travers’ version of “So Close.” So with my thanks to David, here’s Mary Travers’ 1974 version of “So Close,” a version that I like a great deal. Is it that long-ago cover that hovers at the edge of my memory? I don’t know, but it’s certainly possible that I heard the album – and the song – at someone’s home during my late college years. It’s the kind of thing that a lot of my friends would have listened to at the time.

I’ll likely be back tomorrow, maybe following some links at YouTube and seeing where we end up.