Randy Welsh singer Tom Jones is slated to cover Howlin’ Wolf’s 1954 blues classic “Evil” for Jack White’s Third Man Records’ Blue series of singles. The B-side is Frankie Lane's "Jezebel," and the 7-inch is slated to come out March 5.
Surely, Jones will give it his trademark restrained delivery (cough). I’m genuinely intrigued. However, the best cover version I’ve heard of “Evil” —of which there have been many—was done by Monster Magnet in 1992. Cactus' rendition is fire-and-brimstone-ily tough, too. Wolf's electrified take on "Evil," though, is the definitive version, blues purists be damned.