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« Reply #300 on: March 31, 2019, 09:35:06 PM »

'Respect', Aretha Franklin. Otis' original is really great but man Sister Re went places with it. I'd also say that about her cover of Elton John's 'Border Song'.

'See You in September' by The Happenings is a big improvement over The Tempos' original.

The Beach Boys' version of 'Hushabye' is way better than the original by The Mystics.

Dunno if it quite counts since it's a standard but The Four Seasons take on 'I Got You Under My Skin' is my favorite, even over Sinatra's.
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« Reply #301 on: April 05, 2019, 11:44:55 AM »

I've never heard the original of this Bowie song. My wife saw Joan Wasser in concert a few years back (just her voice and piano) and was most impressed. So this is for her:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtLJfEcGwcI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_As_Police_Woman
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« Reply #302 on: April 22, 2019, 03:56:36 AM »

2 Smiley Smilers - what do you regard the best "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"? It's song featured in few films; by different artists in different times. Don't give Platters. Tongue
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« Reply #303 on: April 22, 2019, 03:27:10 PM »

2 Smiley Smilers - what do you regard the best "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"? It's song featured in few films; by different artists in different times. Don't give Platters. Tongue

Love to join in, RR, but to be honest I only know The Platters' rendition.

I checked the song's wiki page and listened to a few versions but in my view The Platters own it. Grin
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« Reply #304 on: April 30, 2019, 01:52:32 AM »

This is one I play every day these days. "Jet Boy Jet Girl" was written and first sung by Alan Ward aka Elton Motello. It may be about something Ward went through himself (see link). The Damned's version adds a new, more sinister twist by being one step removed. The original is pretty cool but to these ears The Damned nail it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQKyMZ8gsPI

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_Boy,_Jet_Girl
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« Reply #305 on: May 23, 2019, 03:27:43 AM »

Thru youtube comments found fast garage "Runaway" cover: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dL2fzJ2qxpQ

It doesn't tell year but could be 80s. Pretty cool.
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« Reply #306 on: May 23, 2019, 04:23:55 AM »

Thru youtube comments found fast garage "Runaway" cover: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dL2fzJ2qxpQ

It doesn't tell year but could be 80s. Pretty cool.

Good find! Of course, JK wouldn't be JK if he didn't go in search of these things. LOL

Batmobile is a Dutch psychobilly band and "Runaway" comes from their 1993 album Blast from the Past. (The cover in the vid is misleading.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batmobile_(band)
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« Reply #307 on: June 29, 2019, 07:46:36 AM »

2 Smiley Smilers - what do you regard the best "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes"?
Heh, not the best but found & liked this instra by Fausto Papetti; it brings good New Year/ Christmas imagery, it bizarrely seems to these ears jolly Christmasey/ winter-festive. Besides, pretty melody's intact - even hideous s'pho' doesn't ruin it.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=knCRo2qD5JQ
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« Reply #308 on: July 11, 2019, 04:51:29 AM »

Dana "Who Put The Lights Out" >>>>>> dull weak-voiced Barry Ryan (Ryan Brothers' fame, UK twin duo, soon Paul'll refuse & begin writing songs to Barry who went single; Irish 1970 Eurovision winner Dana asked Paul/Barry to sing it. She did it pitch perfectly).
Dana's rendition is interesting due to least bit fact she sang choir girls' bits, whilst Barry didn't.
Peculiar tune with baroqueness to it. Btw, she got beautifully-shaped lips & the way she moves them when sings. Pretty girl, in addition to lovely & really good voice. Next thing - I still hear it "who who the lights", "put" said in such breezy way like they breathe it than say "put". Interesting technique. Next next thing - she sings it *live*. Barry's link is *studio*, after how many takes.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RJTP3OdTM8Y
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NvGazVSLPuc
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« Reply #309 on: July 11, 2019, 06:04:48 AM »

Finally. Mary Hopkin gets out of safety zone - she made changes to her samey half-folkie-half-operatic ballady singing style, here she added drive & what seems like grooving to the song. I'm usually really curious to hear & *must* hear smb. with samey singing to break away it & try at least single time different way to sing. Scanned thru many-many clips with Mary to find precisely this.
She in 1981 with some country guys Sundance with "Cottonfields": https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qPBZUbaNe14
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« Reply #310 on: July 11, 2019, 09:46:40 AM »

Ha, usual duh in the Internet - nobody pays attn to things you say.
I like RS "The Singer Not The Song" better than by anybody.
Ditto "Time Is At My Side".
Ditto "Piglets Dance Around Freaky Clownades".
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« Reply #311 on: July 11, 2019, 12:20:52 PM »

Ha, usual duh in the Internet - nobody pays attn to things you say.

Actually, RR, I really enjoyed reading your two posts about Dana and Mary H., they're just not favourite artists of mine.

So I for one did pay attention but had nothing further to say on either subject. For better or for worse, the internet is like that at times. Grin
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« Reply #312 on: July 13, 2019, 03:21:04 AM »

I won't say it's better, hahaha, but it's so very touching!  Roll Eyes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpwIbqm-umk

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_than_This_(Roxy_Music_song)
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« Reply #313 on: July 15, 2019, 08:48:44 PM »

I use this thread to link "interesting covers", "new songs which didn't hear till today", "faves". It's fine, thus.

Right now, shall link example 2 - I didn't hear song "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" till today. I read it's famous standard, many-many artists sang it, yet I didn't hear it - you see, usually it's very easy to be familiar with standards due to the reason stated - MANY sang it. It should be difficult to pass it by. Easy to pass by obscure songs by famous & rare artists. Not standards. But, looks like even standards can be "new".

Been checking Dana's catalog, she sings the song described. I.e. she's gateway to this famous standard. Will listen to everybody singing it. But back to Dana, it's really nice melody with good arrangement. & significantly, this song/melody fits Dana's lovely, princess-like youthful pitch-perfect crystally pure voice (it'll change in the 80s, get lower, *little bit* husky).

Puzzling title. What's it mean? Reading lyrics, it seems to be saying everybody went crazy. Is it it?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xtSZhPSTzoE
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« Reply #314 on: July 16, 2019, 01:35:40 AM »

I use this thread to link "interesting covers", "new songs which didn't hear till today", "faves". It's fine, thus.

Right now, shall link example 2 - I didn't hear song "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" till today. I read it's famous standard, many-many artists sang it, yet I didn't hear it - you see, usually it's very easy to be familiar with standards due to the reason stated - MANY sang it. It should be difficult to pass it by. Easy to pass by obscure songs by famous & rare artists. Not standards. But, looks like even standards can be "new".

Been checking Dana's catalog, she sings the song described. I.e. she's gateway to this famous standard. Will listen to everybody singing it. But back to Dana, it's really nice melody with good arrangement. & significantly, this song/melody fits Dana's lovely, princess-like youthful pitch-perfect crystally pure voice (it'll change in the 80s, get lower, *little bit* husky).

Puzzling title. What's it mean? Reading lyrics, it seems to be saying everybody went crazy. Is it it?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xtSZhPSTzoE

I only know the 1965 original by its author, Jonathan King:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73ks2TPPyho

It seems to be about loneliness and alienation, using the moon as a metaphor. See the page linked below, which adds other interesting information about Mr. King:

https://rbhsjukebox.wordpress.com/tag/everyones-gone-to-the-moon/
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« Reply #315 on: September 06, 2019, 05:01:33 AM »

Dana "Crossword Puzzle" > Lynsey De Paul
Dana "Trying To Say Goodbye" > Neil Sedaka
Fortunes "Storm In Teacup" > Lynsey De Paul
Dana "If" > Bread
Dana "Do I Still Figure" > Joe Bore Cocker
Dana "I'm Not" > 10cc
Dana "Day By Day" > musical

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« Reply #316 on: September 19, 2019, 01:47:48 PM »

I never realized "You Might Need Somebody" was recorded earlier by Randy Crawford. (And that wasn't even its first outing, which was by Turley Richards). I still prefer the more fragile take by Shola Ama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4swgfp17kkk

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