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The White Stripes - I've Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding Cover)
Jul 19, 2011
Total plays:
80 times
Why do we like this?
This song breaks my heart. Not least because the original, courtesy of the incomparable Otis Redding, is as full of heartbreak, passion, and beautiful pain as anything the soul legend has put out. Nor simply because Jack White's delivery is raw, raging, elemental rock and roll at its finest, complete with classically gnarly White Stripes guitar sounds.

No, my heart breaks over and over as I listen to this track because it's an example of two musical performances I'll never see live. Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash at 26, and The White Stripes -- in a less tragic end than Mr. Redding -- officially broke up this February.

But perhaps that kind of sorrow is exactly what this track needs to really make an impact. Because really, what is longing for musical impossibilities if not pining for lost love?

"I've Been Loving You Too Long" is a previously unreleased track, just out on Jack White's Third Man Records Vault subscription service.
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