Lake Street Dive’s “I Want You Back”

My greatest joy in music comes from arranging and orchestration. Arranging is taking an existing song and coming up with a new approach to how it should be scored and performed.  For those readers uncertain of what I mean, a great example of taking a song, turning it on its ear, and delivering a truly brilliant arrangement may be found in Earth Wind and Fire’s version of “Got to Get You into My Life.”

I’m always on the lookout for creative re-renderings, and one of my bandmates told me recently of a novel cover of The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.” I have to agree that this slowed-down, acoustic, and sparsely-produced recording by Lake Street Dive is terrific.  BTW, you’ll notice that they keep the Wilton Felder bass line from the original version (and the bass line is one of the best parts of the song.)

Okay, raise your hand if you listened to this a second time (one, two,… yeah, lots of hands.)

While The Top Shelf may not perform this particular song on a given night, when you come out to see us perform you will hear novel arrangements of one or more songs, guaranteed.

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One thought on “Lake Street Dive’s “I Want You Back”

  1. Gregg Clemons July 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm Reply

    Hi Steve,
    Do you charts? I saw where you did Seal’s version of “Knock on Wood”.
    I am looking for:
    I’m Feelin Good”, the Michael Buble version
    Knock On Wood, the Seal version, key of G#
    Hallelujah, the K.D. Lang version, key of E,
    Proud Mary, the live Tina Turner version, key of D
    What The World Needs Now by Dionne Warick in the key of F#
    Unchain My Heart – Joe Cocker version in Bb
    I am a headliner for cruise ships, so I need these specific arrangements and keys.
    Can you email me at

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