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Englishman in New York – Bottom 40 Cover

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I only came across the work of Bottom 40 very recently. I am so glad I did. They are a tight, creative, musical entity who have come out with some brilliant tracks especially their covers work.

I love what they did with this Sting classic. The arrangement is sumptuous and it was one of those efforts that I adore so much that I have it on repeat. Splendid stuff. Encouraging us to be ourselves, no matter what they say.

Enjoy

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

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Lookin For Another Pure Love – Vibes Cover

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I heartily recommend this version of a Stevie Wonder classic that is too often underrated. The group have put together such a blissed out chilled version of the song that it is just beautiful to have in the background assisting in unwinding. Excellent work. Enjoy.

Shalom
C. L. J. Dryden

Across The Midnight Sky – Al Jarreau vs. The Right Stuff

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Putting together quality music is not as easy as it seems. Getting all the ingredients together and viging them the right mix is not just a science, it’s an art.

When I first heard Al Jarreau sing Across The Midnight Sky I was captured by that moment of appreciating quality art in action. The ingredients are mixed together to leave an impression of having heard something right for the senses and stimulating the brain as a whole. It’s one thing to applaud the masterful vocals of Jarreau of himself, but the backing vocals and the musicians and music structure is outstanding.

So having set the standard high doing a cover has its challenges. The Right Stuff are not going to be remembered by the world as a group of epic ratings. Yet their effort in their rendition of the tune is something not to be dismissed at all. So as you ponder that quandary, you have the tune to savour twice. Enjoy.

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Because by the Beatles (Cover – In Stages)

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From the Abbey Road album the tune ‘Because’ was one of my favourites.  The harmonies were just so lush.

So when I came across this, I was certainly impressed. It’s a very good cover and the video work is top notch.  Oh but there was more.

This insight into the song acapella was most intriguing. To appreciate the voices carrying the song in this cover gave a great insight into just how superb those voices were.

To then see it stripped back to individual parts and how they blended together was even better and brought greater appreciation for the work that must have gone into making this piece so brilliant.

It’s one to appreciate the brilliant cover and then contrast with the original. It’s songs like this that rightly put the Beatles as one of the greatest suppliers of musical excellence of all time. Enjoy.

(HT: http://www.andrewlubman.com)

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

Where Is The Love – Stevie Wonder and Lalah Hathaway

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A Song for Saturday visits Stevie the Maestro applying his hand to somebody else’s masterwork and proving again just what a wonder the brother is.

It’s cool that Stevie does the song with the awesomely gifted Lalah Hathaway considering the original was done by Donnie Hathaway with the awesomely gifted Roberta Flack.

It’s a delicious song to wrap your ears and hearts around.  Enjoy.

Shalom

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People Make The World Go Round – Stevie Wonder

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A song for Saturday sees me post something by the maestro.  A few years ago I posted on the version of the song by the original dudes The Stylistics and compared to a fine cover by a gentleman called Marc Dorsey.  Two excellent renditions of an excellent song.

It is fitting that the man who has concerns for humanity should put his musical touch on the masterpiece and give a masterful rendition himself.  Enjoy.

Shalom

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Michael McDonald – Reach Out, I’ll Be There

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This is a fun version of a hit that should be loved by any quality music fan.  Michael does more than justice to it.  Fitting tribute as ever you’ll hear. Enjoy.

Shalom

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