Ani DiFranco – Shy
I picked up this 1995 promotional-only single at BMV on my recent Taranna trip (for $1.99). Both tracks are from the incredible Not A Pretty Girl album (in their studio versions).
First up is Shy, the album version (and a single). It’s another great Ani story-song with one of those awesome slinky Ani guitar riffs. “The heat is so great… ” indeed.
Next is 32 Flavours, recorded live at the Moore Theater, Seattle, WA 1995-11-03.* I’m sure you’ve heard this song before, and this live version is superb. It’s quite a bit more stripped back from the studio track, but it retains all of its power.
Really, I paid $2 for one song, here, as I already have the Shy album track. But I really don’t care. Ani rules, and I’d never seen this single before, in my travels, so it was a natural for me to grab it up.
* Wiki says this live track appeared on “some versions” of the Not A Pretty Girl album. A quick Discogs search shows it appearing on the 1998 Japanese release (very expensive!) and the 2011 RM release. Anyway, it’s not on my old CD copy of the album, so I’m glad I’ve got it now.