David Gray — he of the inexplicably extraordinary White Ladder* (1998) — doing Mansion On The Hill from Springsteen’s Nebraska.
*I say inexplicable not because of the quality of songwriting; especially on White Ladder, Gray is a superb songwriter.
It’s just that the production is so, so, so dated, all breakbeats, blips and blops. But it just works.
Sort of like Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks (1968) or Talk Talk’sThe Spirit Of Eden (1988) — two of the best records I’ve ever heard — White Ladder is very much of its time in terms of production, and transcendent in terms of quality.