So, which is the cover?
This track was written by Leonard Cohen, initially recorded by Jennifer Warnes in 1986, released in 1987, whereas Cohen’s own version wasn’t recorded and released until 1988. I have no idea whether Cohen played this live prior to Warnes and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s version (for her solo release - covering a dozen of Cohen’s works) but I really like both. Since the release of these two there have been other versions recorded but the song itself takes up a very unique dual identity here - Warnes renown balladry and country crooning doesn’t play out as normal, while SRV plays his typically noodly, bluesy jamming guitar amidst a more colder, edgy sound, a fair departure from his more rousing live sets. Cohen’s narration over plastic synths for the ‘I’m your man’ LP with familiar female backing vocals, somewhat a departure from his earlier stuff. Probably for that reason, it was an album I remember seeing a lot marked down cheap, in cut out bins or second hand and unloved in the 90’s.
Guess that makes both versions interesting even if I over analyse it. I’d like to say “this is art” but really it was probably just record label cross promotion or Cohen saying “■■■■ it, not enough material I need to pad out the upcoming album.”