vendredi 7 août 2015

Under Pressure : Three versions (and more).

This article has been ready for a long time, I had forgotten to publish it.
I like the original version very much with the vocals only, Freddie Mercury has such a voice!


And the final version (1981):

A variation, Bowie with Annie Lennox (1992):

More recently, it was included in the Minions soundtrack (2014).

I must confess I have a weakness for Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice (1990).

People Get Ready : three versions (and more).

This song written by Curtis Mayfield in 1965 was inspired by the March on Washington and apart from a very positive message of faith and hope, it contains a very nice guitar riff.


I discovered it through Rod Stewart's unplugged version. His raspy voice has never left me unmoved. :)

Another Stewart's version exists with Jeff Beck, here in 2009.

To tell the truth, there are more than three fantastic performances.
Al Green's is great, isn't it ?
And there are women too:
Joss Stone's among the recent versions:

Aretha Franklin's is a classic, she takes her time to make the music resonate.  :)

 And men and women together here with the Staples Singers:

More on the context of the song.

samedi 6 décembre 2014

Interesting 19th Century American Paintings

First a few paintings depicting African-Americans in the 19th century:

  • A Plantation Burial by John Antrobus (circa 1860). More details here.
  • A German Immigrant Inquiring His Way by  Charles Felix Blauvelt (1855). More details here

  • Slaves Waiting for a Sale, Richmond, Virginia by Eyre Crown, 1861
An analysis here

  • The Power of Music (or Music Hath Charms) by William Sidney Mount (1847)
An analysis

  •   Old Kentucky Home (Negro Life at the South), 1859 by Eastman Johnson.Details

Then some paintings evoking the Wild West:
  • My Bunkie by Charles Schreyvogel (1899). The soldier is saving one of his bunkmates who has lost his mount.
  • Barter for a Bride by John  Mix Stanley  (1854-1860)
Details here.


Charles Felix Blauvelt

samedi 4 octobre 2014

Mountain Songs-Three possibilities.

  • River Deep, Mountain High by Ike and Tina Turner

    •  "Ain't no Mountain High Enough"  by Marvin Gaye & Tammi  Terrell   

    • Elvis Presley You Gave Me a Mountain


    Creep-Radiohead- Three Versions.

    • The original version (1992)

    When you were here before
    Couldn't look you in the eye
    You're just like an angel
    Your skin makes me cry
    You float like a feather
    In a beautiful world
    I wish I was special
    You're so fucking special
    But I'm a creep
    I'm a weirdo
    What the hell am I doing here?
    I don't belong here
    I don't care if it hurts
    I want to have control
    I want a perfect body
    I want a perfect soul
    I want you to notice when I'm not around
    You're so fucking special
    I wish I was special

    • The unplugged version by Korn (2006)

    • A very different version by Vintage Soul (2014)

    Rolling in the Deep by Adele - Three versions.

    There's a fire starting in my heart
    Reaching a fever pitch, it's bringing me out the dark
    Finally I can see you crystal clear
    [Clean version:] Go 'head and sell me out and I'll lay your ship bare
    [Explicit version:] Go 'head and sell me out and I'll lay your shit bare
    See how I leave with every piece of you
    Don't underestimate the things that I will do
    There's a fire starting in my heart
    Reaching a fever pitch
    And it's bringing me out the dark

    A few days ago, Aretha Franklin released a new cover of this song. 
    The live version without any hint of autotune is much better. There is even an extract of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough!"

    My Favourite Things- Trois versions.

    Une chanson tirée de la comédie musicale "The Sound of Music" chantée par Julie Andrews dans sa version originale (1965),

    Jouée par John Coltrane au saxophone en1960:

    Chantée version jazz par la chanteuse Coréenne Youn Sun Nah, hier soir à Amiens avec un kalimba, instrument africain.