:: O.C. Smith - Wichita Lineman ::
From time to time, we’ve managed to dredge up a couple of versions of Jimmy Webb’s mellifluous masterpiece concerning the tale of a lonesome telephone-wire tinkerer, and it’s high time we popped another one up on these pages. O.C. Smith wraps up his take in a smooth, soulful swagger that’s absolutely triumphant. Bonus points are in order for the high-pitched tone and the (more “Morse-y” than most other version’s) Morse Code sounds that keep us grounded in the song’s subject matter. It may not give as many chills as the definitive Glen Campbell version, but it’s one of the finest interpretations I’ve come across.