The Ghetto

Ghetto grafitti children child povertyIf you happen to be one of the two followers of our blog, I must apologize for the monopolization of posts. But once more, it has not been so due to my having too much initiative but instead for my colleagues having none 😛

I’ll be fast – today song’s a great song whose original version I have known for a while, and recently I discovered two versions in two artists that I have listened to recently: The Cranberries (I did not forget my promise, but it is still not this time) and Dolly Parton (who has already been referenced in this blog due to a cover and an original).

But the main focus must go to the original version, which belongs to Elvis Presley, the King – not only because he must be given credited for having written a great melody and quite powerful lyrics (that unfortunately are still true more that 40 years later), but also because it is still the best version in my opinion (at least from the three I know). Hope you like it too 😉

Here you have both Dolly Parton and The Cranberries versions (these last one is especially good, in my opinion).

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The Band

American Civil warTo vary things a little, today I’ll post a song not from a band, but from the “The Band“.

Initially a support group of several singers, especially Bob Dylan, they eventually became a band and came out with that name precisely for being “the band” of several frontmen.

I got to know this song I’m posting – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – from Joan Baez, and although I have been addicted to her version for a while, and although it was the most successful version, and although I am a fairly good fan of Joan Baez, I think the best version of the song is a live version from “The Band“.

I’ll leave you here both the original and Joan’s cover, but first the first place goes to the version below 😉

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jREUrbGGrgM]

Popcorn

pipocas palomitas de maizOr, as the spanish people call it, “Palomitas de maiz“. I was listening to a couple of songs of a Spanish band called “Los Pekenikes” and this was one of them. You might know it already, due to Crazy Frog (or other). Not that I find it a great song, but it is definitely a different song, so I thought it would not be a bad idea to post 😛

By the way, the title is called popcorn because it “supposedly” sounds like popcorn popping…

Here you have the original (from  Gershon Kingsley) and the Crazy Frog version

Carry that band a long time!

Abbey RoadBeatles’ fans have probably recognized what this post is about by the title – and you’re not mistaken.

I’ve been mainly listening to Neil Young, but there have been too many Neil songs in this blog recently, so I thought I should give him (or you!) a break. And besides Neil Young, the one song that captivated me this week was The BeatlesGolden Slumbers. I had discovered it several months ago through a John Denver cover, but I only gave it more attention more recently when I listened to the Beatles version (not that John Denver’s isn’t good, quite on the contrary!). Although it is considered a separate song, there is not a separate version of it (as far as I know), being it part of a medley which also includes the great “Carry that weight” (to which the post title alludes) and others.

I’ll post the whole version, but here you have a link that contains only the two songs I mention (which are actually the ones I listen to).