Sunday, 28 June 2009

Neglected, but not forgotten

With one thing & another, mostly casting around for a more permanent home, I've been badly neglecting this here blog, but fear not, it's far from dead, Oh No.
Not a lot of time right now, with houses to look at & people to see (such a busy man - ha!), but I fancied posting two covers & two originals, or at least the version I know best. Sure enough, I've posted one of these pairs before, but as the White Stripes suggested - it bears repeating now.

Both of those that follow, from Susanna and Anna Ternheim, rise marvellously to the challenge of doing a different justice to a great song, each being much more than just a version in the style of the covering artist, in my opinion. Indeed, even Susanna's 'Flower of Evil' and 'Melody Mountain', both albums of other people's songs, bear playing back to back; and on the first few listens at least, provide nourishing nuggets of discovery, as you discover that you do know the song after all.

Here we go then, first the genial menace & swagger of the original, then a more obviously caring & somewhat sad rendition by Susanna - straight covers, copies, don't always do the deal, however well performed - but change the mood, make it feel almost like a different song altogether, and I'm a sucker for a cover, all day long.

Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
Jailbreak (1976) - Mercury Records
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Jailbreak - Susanna
Flower of Evil (2008) - Rune Grammofon
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I love both these versions - Frank Sinatra's brash, defiant celebration; and equally Anna Ternheim's thoughtful,gentler but not too slow, reflection, which wonderfully paints the lyrics with an entirely different light & perspective.
That's Life - Frank Sinatra
That's Life (1966)

That's Life - Anna Ternheim
Anna Ternheim Sings Sinatra (2008?)
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If you can find a copy, I really recommend Anna's Sinatra covers - there's six of 'em, and they were released as a second CD on the 'enhanced' version of Leaving On A Mayday.... but darned if I can find anywhere to buy it.

simply because it's great, and I did mention it up there...
Fell In Love With a Girl - The White Stripes
White Blood Cells (2001)

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