US vs UK Jan 19, 2008 23:06:32 GMT
Post by arthurlee on Jan 19, 2008 23:06:32 GMT
admin said:In the Sixties, songs were often released in the US and UK at the same time but by different bands - check out a couple of examples here:
Lemon Pipers vs Sundragon
American Breed vs Amen Corner
If you have further examples of this practise, please let us know.
Where do I start with this? I have quite a few examples so, rather than saturate the thread, I'll feed them in at regular intervals during the coming weeks.
One of my all time favourite (English spelling! ) songs of the Sixties was 'I'd Rather Go Blind'. The song has been covered many times by different artistes but I first heard it in 1968 by a British band called Chicken Shack and frankly, I was blown away. I didn't know anything about the song or the band at that time but I went out and bought the single. The song was very poignant to me at that time because I had just found out that my girlfriend was seeing someone else. The lyrics were, and still are, very cutting.
Anyway, a couple of years later I heard, by chance, another version of the song sung by a solo female and a little research led me to the realization that I was listening to the original version by Etta James which was released in 1967 in America. I bought that single too. I really can't say which version I prefer as they are quite different in the song delivery but the Etta James version always sends shivers down my spine. Quite emotional actually.
I would be very interested to hear your views on the 2 different versions so I'll start with the first one I heard. This is the British version :
Chicken Shack - I'd Rather Go Blind
Next post is the American version.