Rolling Stone Original: Exclusive Cat Power Videos

March 6, 2007 1:05 PM ET

Listen to five tracks recorded live in our Seattle studio by indie rock's preeminent chanteuse, Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power. As usual, Cat Power's mini-set included an insightful mix of completely reinterpreted covers (Buddy Holly's "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," which the Beatles also recorded, and Sandy Denny's haunting folk rock ballad "Who Knows Where the Time Goes") in addition to shiver-inducing renditions of Marshall's own brilliant tunes ("Love & Communication," for example). Check out the songs, recorded exclusively for Rolling Stone, here.

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Song Stories

“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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