What Happens When You Slow Down
Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” To 33 Is Absolutely Amazing
We all probably listened to songs at wrong speeds during one time or another. While this usually leads to some uncanny sounds, slowing down Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” to 33 RPM (revolutions per minute) creates a different, but awesome version of the track. Some listeners even compared the end result with Cher’s and Tracy Chapman’s voices.
The original song became Parton’s second solo number-one single on the country charts. It tells a story about a woman who confronts Jolene, a beautiful goddess, who she believes is trying to steal her lover. Dolly claims that “Jolene” is the most-recorded song by other artists of all the songs she has written. It was released in 1973 and Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 217 in the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.
Take a listen.
“Jolene” slowed down to 33 RPM
OK. I admit it. I listened to the second one first. And when I listened to the original version, it sounded like the chipmunks to me. I've never been a big fan of Dolly Parton, and this changes nothing. I would like to hear a slow version by Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez or maybe Iris DeMent.