“Gloria” Original DEMO with band Them
A very raw, previously unreleased Them DEMO of their biggest hit, “Gloria” with Van Morrison.The old track will appear on an upcoming box set ‘The Complete Them’
It’s plain, and it’s ugly, but it’s got those 4 letters written all ove rit: D E M O. The demo runs at a slightly slower tempo than the single version, which was later covered by artists ranging from Patti Smith to AC/DC, and it has a different, almost cleaner-sounding mix than the more familiar take, although more sloppy.
One thing that is consistent, though, is Van Morrison’s mean ass, quivering yelp, which cuts right through the hypnotic guitars, and the tribal drumming, as do his bandmates’ call-and-response backup vocals.