This isn't the first version of Sweet Jane, of course. It's not even a typical version by Reed solo, or as part of The Velvent Underground. But it is really quite stunning. What really makes this, though, is the intro penned by Steve Hunter - and Hunter's band, which subsequently went on to back Alice Cooper.
Punk was running out of steam by 1979, but for a seventeen-year-old who was into whatever was new, this was as exciting as punk. As I learned more about it, I soon found out it wasn't really that new. But it was certainly still pretty exciting. This is the first of a few tracks on this blog that have a Terry Hall connection.
I'm very much not an expert on classical music, so it's probably inevitable that my tastes in contemporary classical are at the more populist end of the scale, but this is a beautiful, emotional, piece. You probably wouldn't file it under "easy listening", though.