In my Day 102 Row Jimmy selection I mentioned the reggae version by Judy Mowatt and then went ahead and didn’t select it during my week of covers over Halloween week. Go figure. (I did feature an amazing reggae cover of If I Had The World To Give from the same collection though!)
But on the topic of the “reggae” vibe in latter day versions of Row Jimmy it seemed appropriate to visit the Dead’s approach. I settled on this version from the Formerly the Warlocks box set because it’s great audio quality and because it’s NOT from the Spring 1990 sets. There is so much good material on those it’s difficult to not simply pluck a track from there every other day (the same is true for Europe 72, but there’s a bit more variety from Spring 1990 I think). For the record, there were two versions of Row Jimmy during the Spring 1990 tour.
It’s unfair to call Row Jimmy a mid-tempo rocker. Its certainly on the slow side of mid-tempo, but are there any fast versions out there? Perhaps from the cocaine period? Or has anyone covered Row Jimmy with some extra gusto? The most common cover I hear is the one by The Decemberists and it’s pretty true to the original. If you know of a faster, rocking version let me know!