The definite must-have is the dotted eighth rhythm on "'cause you know it," which is the best part of the entire song. Luckily, once they tried that, they never took it out. Just below that in importance, you really want a recording early enough to have the four-part harmony ending and not the chords from the album arrangement
If you listen to a recording that's too recent, you'll also "lose" some stuff: there's a stripped-down bass part, fewer harmonies in the verses, and no trumpet tag at the end of each prechorus. You'll also get a truck driver's gear change going into the outro, which I don't hate but feels like the wrong kind of cliche for this song
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