Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Cover My World

Long-term followers of this blog will know that I am a sucker for unlikely cover versions, whether that be a Malagasy cover of an Okinawan hit or a recording of the 44 violin duos by Bela Bartok played on two nyckelharpas.

So when I was looking at Youtube clips of tracks from
The Power and the Glory, fifth album by 1970s prog rockers Gentle Giant, I was first taken aback and then fascinated by the cover versiion of Aspirations I spotted in the sidebar, performed by Esther Ofarim. Yes, that Esther Ofarim. Here it is.

Of course it isn't as good as the original: but then Gentle Giant, like Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa, did not write the kind of music that lends itself to cover versions. (Though there's this marvel, I admit...) Plus the clip seems to cut off before the end. Anyway, I'm impressed.


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