Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Battle of the Bands: Almost Blue
It's time again for another Battle of the Bands. Let me start by announcing the winning song version from my last battle. That battle pitted the original Gilbert O'Sullivan recording of "Alone Again (Naturally)" against a studio manufactured version by Berk and the Virtual Band.
The original won handily 20 to 2. If I had been able to find the version I had heard played in my local Thai restaurant I would have probably placed my vote on that one, but I went with the original version for the same reasons most of you expressed. The Berk version is not all that bad though to my ears.
But that was then and this is now. For those who are not familiar with the Battle of the Bands, this is the bimonthly song contest where two versions of one song are pitted against one another and you readers vote on your favorite version. This event was started by the bloggers at Far Away Series and Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends. Be sure to visit them to see what they might be offering. At the bottom of this post I'll list some more possible folks who might be participating.
My pick for this edition goes along with the way I've been feeling over the past couple weeks what with sickness and all. Not that I've been depressed, but it's been depressing to feel so utterly crappy at the start of a new year. So check out this song:
"Almost Blue" by Elvis Costello (1982)
This achingly beautiful song by Elvis Costello appeared on his album Imperial Bedroom.
"Almost Blue" by Alison Moyet (2004)
Alison Moyet is a British singer/songwriter who started out in New Wave and Synthpop, In 2004 she released an incredible album of cover songs. The album called Voice pretty well describes in one word what she's good at. Compare this to the original by Elvis.
"Almost Blue" by Chet Baker (1988) Bonus!
This song sounds like it could have been written for Chet Baker--or at least with Chet in mind. If you dare to take on this extended bonus version, feel free to include it in your voting. Of course after listening to this one you may just want to end it all. It's almost depressing, but it's damn good.
Vote for your Favorite
In the comments let us know which version you enjoyed the most and why you liked it. I'll reveal the winning version and my choice next week.
Other participating sites may be:
Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends
Your Daily Dose
The Creative Outlet of StratPlayer