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I am often pleased to find a new version of a familiar work, when it has an unexpectedly different approach from the original. These markedly different versions I like to call reworked, rather than "covers".
Click here for a few thoughts on the aesthetics and ethics of musical borrowings and influences.
I knew Flamenco Rumba, but what about Rumba in the Americas?
For an exploration of the many branches of the Rumba tree, starting not at the Cuban root, but on the Flamenco branch, Click here.
Carlos Montoya Fiesta Flamenca Nixa SLPY 140 From Spain To Jamaica, via Connecticut! My 10" LP leads to the history of recording
Click here for my story of a bit of detective work prompted by a YouTube video which sounded like this record, but was named as a different one.
Stop Press! Updated 02/10/15 with newly-discovered YouTube video of this record's source.
Finally: Pink Floyd's back catalog
I have just stumbled upon a website which relates to a plot element of the novel "Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land" which I posted a blog about last year. In the novel-within-a-novel, ostensibly written by Byron, the protagonist Ali returns to the Albania of his orphaned childhood, where he was raised with another orphan, a girl who was his first love. He finds she is unable to respond to him. Having tragically remained faithful to his memory and refused marriage, she is thus bound to an oath denying her very femininity: -
Now, I looked upon this a a plot element introduced safely in the knowledge that the average reader would not have an intimate knowledge of Eighteenth Century Albanian tribal customs.
However, it turns out that the custom is all too true, and ongoing, as documented by photographer Jill Peters in a set of pictures taken from 2009 to 2013, displayed at her website here. There is a "Read More" link there which tallies pretty well with the above extract.
I can only give Mr Crowley more credit for the background research that went into his novel.
Some examples: -
Tracks 1 & 2 open the collection with a distinctly Calypso-flavoured number, and then a Latin number complete with bongo/conga percussion. These were early recordings done under the name of Joe Alexander and the Cubans.
Track 21 "Downbound Train" is sort of country-skiffle sounding.
Track 22 "Drifting Heart" is also latin-style.
Track 3 "La Juanda" is a partly Spanish language Latin-style Mexican story.
Track 4 "Rockin At The Philharmonic" gets almost jazzy in the style of Barney Kessell/Wes Montgomery.
Track 8 "In-Go" shows the transition in styles between its blues structure and his Rock & Roll riffing.
Track 17 "Do You Love Me" leans toward New Orleans.
I have only played two discs so far, but I was surprised to find there are a number of pretty straight-up Blues numbers included. I don't know how many people know Chuck Berry did Blues, but I certainly had no idea how Bluesy he could get. I have since found in Wikipedia that his early experience involved "playing the blues since his teens, and he borrowed both guitar riffs and showmanship techniques from blues player T-Bone Walker."
I immediately added the most unusual one to my YouTube playlist "Blues Surprises", covered in my Blog post of 29/11/14 on Blues by people maybe you didn't know did Blues.
Below is a playlist I took the liberty of entitling "One Dozen Blue Berrys", with some Blues numbers by the man: -
Shock! Horror! Plagiarism!
Today after extensive and painstaking research it can be revealed to the world!
Those apparently limitlessly talented artists "The Beatles" did not write all their own tunes!
I have uncovered incontrovertible evidence that many of their recordings were ACTUALLY PREVIOUSLY RECORDED BY OTHER ARTISTS!
Today, in view of the comprehensive nature of the wonderful archive that is YouTube, I had a quick search and found I could present a playlist of all the covers from that box set, ordered by Album release date, and album track number. (See below for OCD factoid table)
Album Track # Title Artist Composer Comment
Please Please Me 3 Anna (Go To Him) Arthur Alexander Arthur Alexander
Please Please Me 4 Chains The Cookies Goffin, King A minor hit for Little Eva’s backing singers The Cookies, and later covered by Buddy Holly
Please Please Me 5 Boys The Shirelles Dixon, Farrell Released as the B-side of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" in November 1960.
Please Please Me 10 Baby It's You The Shirelles Bacharach, David, Williams The Shirelles took the song to #8 in the US
Please Please Me 12 A Taste Of Honey Lenny Welch Marlow, Scott 1963. Instrumental first performed by Scott 1960 track 10 and features in the play A Taste Of Honey (1960).Shelagh Dalaney's script was filmed in 1961 by Tony Richardson and starred Liverpool actress Rita Tushingham
Please Please Me 14 Twist And Shout The Isley Brothers Medley, Russell The Isley Brothers' version was the 1st major hit of the song, peaking at #17 on the US pop charts and #2 on the US R&B charts
With The Beatles 6 Till There Was You Peggy Lee Meredith Willson In March 1961 "Till There Was You" was a minor hit in the UK for Peggy Lee. McCartney said: "I had no idea until much later that it was from The Music Man."
With The Beatles 7 Please Mr Postman Marvelettes Holland, Bateman, Gorman Notable as the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.
With The Beatles 8 Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry Berry 1956 notable as one of the earliest definitive rock and roll recordings
With The Beatles 10 You've Really Got A Hold On Me The Miracles Robinson A major hit for the Miracles, peaking at number-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number-one on the R&B chart.
With The Beatles 12 Devil In Her Heart The Donays Richard Drapkin Originally released in 1962 by The Donays as "Devil In His Heart" on Brent 7033 with b-side "Bad Boy".
With The Beatles 14 Money (That's What I Want) Barrett Strong Bradford, Gordy A 1959 hit single by Barrett Strong for the Tamla label distributed by Anna Records. The song was written by Tamla founder Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford and would become the first hit record for Gordy's label soon to be renamed Motown.
Long Tall Sally EP 1 Long Tall Sally Litlle Richard "Robert "Bumps" Blackwell, Enotris Johnson, Richard Penniman 1956 #1 on the Billboard R&B chart, staying at the top for six of 19 weeks, while peaking at number six on the pop chart.
Long Tall Sally EP 3 Slow Down Larry Williams Larry Williams ?
Long Tall Sally EP 4 Matchbox Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 1957
Beatles For Sale 4 Rock & Roll Music Chuck Berry Chuck Berry 1957
Beatles For Sale 6 Mr. Moonlight Dr. Feelgood and the Interns Roy Lee Johnson 1962 recording featuring Piano Red.
Beatles For Sale 9 Words of Love Buddy Holly Buddy Holly Recorded by him on April 8, 1957. Holly harmonized for himself by tape-recording each part and combining them.
Beatles For Sale 10 Honey Don't Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 1956
Beatles For Sale 14 Everbody's Trying to Be My Baby Carl Perkins Carl Perkins 1956
The Beatles VI 4 Bad Boy Larry Williams Larry Williams ?
Help! 8 Act Naturally Buck Owens Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison 1963 Reached #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart
Help! 14 Dizzy Miss Lizzy Larry Williams Larry Williams 1958
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