I'm on the other side of the fence with the strings. Usually i'm a sucker for the strings, but they just feel like they are fighting the rest of the song during 'A Rose For Emily'. I prefer the album version, but thats why we're all different.
I usually just listened to the regular 'Odessey & Oracle' album tracks, and 'A Rose for Emily' always sounded to me like it lacked something. When I finally started listening to the bonus tracks as well (they were buried at the end of my CD, after the stereo and the mono versions of the entire album) and heard the alternate version, it sounded to me like this was how the song was really supposed to sound. Like it all fell into place.
But indeed, like someone once said, "I'm glad we're all different. Cause otherwise everyone would be after my girlfriend."