Even though it was never a single, the Mamas and the Papas’ 1966 breakup anthem “Go Where You Wanna Go” has found a place on numerous greatest hits compilations. The track’s catchy chorus embodies how we imagine the free-loving spirit of the ‘60s: “You gotta go where you wanna go / Do what you wanna do / With whoever you wanna do it with.” Shortly after its release, the track became an actual hit for the 5th Dimension (who are getting covered a lot this month).
The latest to tackle “Go Where You Wanna Go” are Jakob Dylan and Jade Castrinos, who recorded a cover for the soundtrack of the upcoming documentary Echo in the Canyon. According to the official website, the film explores “the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and the Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.”
The two singers have ideal pedigrees to take on such a classic. As you are most definitely aware, Dylan is the son of Bob Dylan and lead singer for the roots-rock outfit the Wallflowers. Castrinos is a former member of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, a 21st century band whose music pays homage to the So-Cal spirit.
Together Dylan and Castrinos channel the Mamas and the Papas but also emulate the jangly pop of artists like Neil Diamond and Nancy Sinatra. The tune also includes a Byrds-style, country-rock style guitar solo. With his singing, Dylan seems as if he’s emulating the earthy New Jersey tones of Bruce Springsteen. This, when fused together with Castrino’s booming voice, makes for a cover that will put a smile on your face whether you’re leaving or staying behind.
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