We all know and love Dolly Parton’s incredible hit song “Jolene.” But you’ve probably never heard it like this before.
Dolly fans have discovered the track takes on a completely different vibe if you spin it on a record player at 33 rpm. That’s a 25 percent slower speed than it’s meant to be played. While that may sound like a minor change, the difference in the recording is remarkable. Listen for yourself.
Freaky, right? Parton’s sweet voice now sounds deep and incredibly haunting. It’s honestly a fitting sort of twist, since the ballad is filled with emotion, anger and hurt. Of course, both this trick and video have been around for a few years. But the recording was recently shared by Parton herself through her Facebook page, bringing it to a whole new generation of listeners.
So, what do you think? Is this folkier, deep-voiced version more your speed, or does the original still reign supreme? Whatever you decide, this video is great example of just how important a musician’s style is. A song is just a song, but it never really comes to life without the right singer, the right sound and the right time.