SoapChat Standards "Because The Night"

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  1. Emelee

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    1. Jacques Brel
    2. Gino Paoli & Danilo Rea
    3. Dusty Springfield
    4. Rikard Wolff
    5. Iva Zanicchi
    6. Johnny Hallyday
    7. Celine Dion
    8. Belinda Carlisle
    9. Scott Walker
    10. Patricia Kaas
     
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    It'really s a rare version of "Sail Into Tomorrow" @James from London, it's a totally different then on the album version of "Clearly Love". I like both versions. ;)
     
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  3. Mel O'Drama

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    1. Alison Moyet
    "Ne Me Quitte Pas"
    I can taste the desperation and humility. This is one of my favourite Moyet vocals.



    2. Shirley Bassey
    "If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)"
    The Latin flavour of the arrangement brings a steamy heat to the passion with which Shirl sings. Her vocal really emphasises the two different parts of the song, with the "if you go away" parts sung with heartbreaking fragility and the "if you stay" section delivered as though it's the last song she'll ever sing.



    3. Rod McKuen
    "If You Go Away"
    The intimacy with which it's sung makes me feel uncomfortably intrusive as a listener. Like standing at the bedside of someone drawing his last, regretful breath.



    4. Shirley Bassey with Moloko and Mark Brydon
    "If You Go Away [DJ Skymoo Mix]"
    It was this 2000 remix from Moloko and Mark Brydon that introduced this song to me. The electronic trance somehow reinforces that Shirl is fighting a losing battle with her pleas - almost as though the object of her affection is tuning her out with noise. Which makes it more poignant.



    5. Scott Walker
    "If You Go Away"
    Not only a beautiful version, but one that has a sense of the bigger story for me after James's thread discussing the Scott 3 album. If You Go Away was the melancholy coda to what was a very profound journey.



    6. Dalida
    "Non Andare Via"
    Lugubrious and classy. This is just enthralling.



    7. Sandie Shaw
    "Ne Me Quitte Pas"
    Sweet and tender. The slightly faster tempo of this one gives an undercurrent of urgency, as though she's pouring out her heart - five minutes too late.



    8. Marlene Dietrich
    "Bitte Geh Nicht Fort"
    The German language changes the song rhythmically, with the "if you stay" section at around 40 seconds sounding full of precise order. But Marlene's voice breaking with sadness juxtaposes with this to suggest she knows there's been a change to the order. It's oddly moving.



    9. Brenda Lee
    "If You Go Away"
    Young Brenda delivers this with sensitivity. This feels to me like she's already in the "empty room full of empty space" mentioned in the song. Alone, listening to old records and thinking about what she regrets not saying all those years ago.



    10. Dusty Springfield
    "If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)"
    Dusty sings like a bird with a broken wing who alternates painfully between accepting her situation and trying to fly again.








    A couple more I enjoyed:


    Dottie West
    "If You Go Away"
    Like Brenda, Dottie sounds like she hasn't got much fight left in her. Which isn't necessarily how I imagine this song needs to be, but it's an interesting take nonetheless.


    Rebeat feat. Shirley Bassey
    "If You Go Away [Original Mix]"
    Because you can't have too much of a good thing.
     
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    01. Jacques Brel
    02. Celine Dion
    03. Dusty Springfield
    04. Scott Walker
    05. Frank Sinatra
    06. Neil Diamond
    07. Shirley Bassey
    08. Al Martino
    09. Barbra Streisand
    10. Sandie Shaw
     
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  5. Mel O'Drama

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    Today's the last day for voting on this one...

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  6. Mel O'Drama

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    Time to bring this round to its conclusion.


    Five of us voted on twenty nine versions of this beautiful song in French, English, Italian, German and (if this counts) Frenglish. So in addition to the battle of the artists and the battle between original and cover, this round has the added suspense of which lyrical language we prefer.

    Let's find out...









































































































































































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    1. Jacques Brel - 30
    2. Dusty Springfield - 25
    3. Céline Dion - 17
    4. Alison Moyet / Wyclef Jean - 16
    5. Scott Walker - 15
    6. Belinda Carlisle - 14
    7. Shirley Bassey - 13
    8. Frank Sinatra - 11
    9. Alfonso Barbieri - 10
    10. Édith Piaf / Gino Paoli & Danilo Rea - 9
    11. Rod McKuen / Sting - 8
    12. Nina Simone / Rikard Wolff / Shirley Bassey with Moloko and Mark Brydon - 7
    13. Iva Zanicchi / Lauryn Hill - 6
    14. Dalida / Johnny Hallyday / Neil Diamond / Sandie Shaw - 5
    15. Marlene Dietrich - 4
    16. Al Martino - 3
    17. Barbra Streisand / Brenda Lee / Julio Iglesias - 2
    18. Patricia Kaas - 1





    For those keeping count, this is a victory for the first recorded version in its original language. However, our top scoring translated version - Dusty Springfield - wasn't the first English language version. So this is kind of, sort of a win for the covers too.

    But, being strict, the originals take this one for a record FIFTH CONSECUTIVE ROUND. ​
     
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  7. Mel O'Drama

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    Start spreadin' the news, because our next song is...
    Theme from New York, New York



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    Suggested by @Angela Channing, "Theme from New York, New York" (or "New York, New York") is the title song from the 1977 Martin Scorsese film New York, New York. Composed by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb, it was written for Liza Minnelli who performed it in the film. It remains one of the best-known songs about New York City. In 2004 it finished #31 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs survey of top tunes in American Cinema.

    Kander and Ebb have attributed the song's success to actor Robert De Niro who rejected their original theme for the film because he thought it was "too weak".

    The song did not become a popular hit (and was not even nominated for the Academy Award for 'Best Song') until it was picked up by Frank Sinatra during his concert performances at Radio City Music Hall in October 1978. Subsequently, Sinatra recorded it in 1979 for his 1980 Trilogy set and it became one of his signature songs. The single peaked at #32 in June 1980, becoming his final Top Forty charting hit. He occasionally performed it live with Minnelli as a duet. Sinatra recorded a duet version with Tony Bennett in 1993.

    The song has been recorded many times, and over a hundred versions may be found here. Enjoy listening and then share your favourites here. Perhaps you even know of some other versions.

    As always, single song entries won't be counted. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. You're very welcome to list more than ten, but only the first ten will be counted, with the maximum ten points going to your #1 choice.

    Everyone is very welcome to join in. Let's say Monday night for our choices to be in. Enjoy.

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    NB: Not to be confused with the Leonard Bernstein song of the same name from the musical On The Town" (which features the lyric "New York, New York, it’s a helluva town / The Bronx is up and the Battery's down...") nor the Gerrard Kenny song New York, New York (So Good They Named It Twice).
     
  8. Angela Channing

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    1. Carey Mulligan - I just love how she turns a joyous song into a melancholic one.
    2. Anna Ternheim - A more ethereal take on the classic song.
    3. Reel Big Fish - The stunning harmonies makes this version a completely original take on the song.
    4. Frank Sinatra - It's kind of hard not to include his version as it's so iconic.
    5. Hans Zimmer - This instrumental version it kind of genius.
    6. Liza Minnelli - Although she did a great job pioneering the song in the film, I prefer this live version.
    7. De Stangers - The song sounds surprisingly good in Dutch.
    8. Queen - Only a short clip of this version has ever been released but it's brilliant.
    9. Acid Drinkers - A rock version of this song? Really? You better believe it.
    10. Jose Jose - The song also sounds good in Spanish.
     
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    1. Frank Sinatra - - - that voice sends chills down my spine
    2. Anna Ternheim - - - mmmm
    3. Queen - - - thanks for posting the link, @Angela Channing - first time hearing it. Wish it was full lenght and recorded on album!
    4. Denis Solee & The Beegie Adair Trio - - a very jazzy saxophone version
    5. Spritely - - - candy to my ears
    6. Ben L'Oncle Soul - - different and relaxing version
    7. Matt Monro - - - classic sound
    8. Andrea Bocelli & Tony Bennett - - - how could this duo possibly fail? If only the sound quality had been better.
    9. Liza Minnelli
    10. Ernesto Cortazar
     
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    01. Frank Sinatra (this song is so iconic, i think this version is the best)
    02. Steve Lawrence
    03. Brenda Cochrane
    04. Liza Minnelli
    05. Brian Evans
    06. Micheal Ball & Alfie Boe
    07. The King
    08. Andrea Bocelli & Tony Bennett
    09. Shirley Bassey
    10. Christina Aguilera & Seth MacFarlane
     
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  11. Mel O'Drama

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    We're now departing New York, New York.



    Three voted on this iconic standard, yielding twenty three unique versions.


    Let's find out who's top of the heap.












































































































































































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    1. Frank Sinatra - 27
    2. Anna Ternheim - 18
    3. Liza Minnelli - 14
    4. Queen - 11
    5. Carey Mulligan - 10
    6. Steve Lawrence - 9
    7. Brenda Cochrane / Reel Big Fish - 8
    8. Denis Solee & The Beegie Adair Trio - 7
    9. Andrea Bocelli & Tony Bennett / Brian Evans / Hans Zimmer / Spritely - 6
    10. Ben L’oncle Soul / Michael Ball & Alfie Boe - 5
    11. The King / Matt Monro / De Stangers - 4
    12. Acid Drinkers / Shirley Bassey - 2
    13. Christina Aguilera & Seth MacFarlane / Ernesto Cortazar / Jose Jose - 1






    It's taken six rounds and over two months, but the covers have FINALLY scored another win. Who'd have thought it would take this long?! But can they hold on to it? Keep watching...​
     
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  12. Mel O'Drama

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    Next up...
    Because The Night



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    Suggested by @Ome, "Because the Night" is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith that was first released in 1978 as a single from the Patti Smith Group album Easter.

    The song was originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen during sessions for his Darkness On the Edge Of Town album. He was not satisfied with the song and later declared he knew he wasn't going to finish it since it was "a[nother] love song". The Patti Smith Group was working on Easter in the studio next door, with engineer/producer Jimmy Iovine working on both albums. Iovine gave Smith a tape of the song and it was included on Easter, becoming the first single released from that album. The song was first performed live at a Patti Smith concert in New York on 30th December 1977 with Springsteen joining on vocals and guitar.

    Smith's version rose to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as #5 in the UK and helped propel sales of Easter to mainstream success.

    In 1987, the song was ranked #116 on NME magazine's list of "The Top 150 Singles of All Time". It remains the best-known song of Smith's catalogue.

    Though it was never released on any of Springsteen's studio albums Springsteen would often perform the song in concert with his own lyrics. The 2010 Springsteen compilation album The Promise featured the original recording from the Darkness... sessions with contemporary instrumentation.

    At least two of these cover versions have been substantial chart hits.

    In 1992, the Italian dance act Co.Ro released a version that sampled the Depeche Mode song "Master and Servant." It was a hit in several countries in Europe and South America, and reached #1 in Spain.

    The following year a live acoustic version was recorded by 10,000 Maniacs for MTV Unplugged, reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest charting version of the song in the US.

    Cascada's version was released in July 2008, reaching #28 in the UK Singles Chart.

    In early 2013, Garbage and Screaming Females recorded a cover for an exclusive vinyl release on that year's Record Store Day. The UK release was delayed due to problems with the record's distributor, but shot to #4 in its second week on the UK Singles chart.

    Other cover versions include: Anna Oxa ("Notti per due", 1979); heavy metal band Keel (1986); Beki Bondage (1997); Kim Wilde (1998); Tahúres Zurdos ("La noches es...", 2000); Jun Togawa (2000); Jan Wayne (2002); KT Tunstall with the Buena Vista Social Club (2007); and The Protomen (2015).


    Over forty versions may be found here. Take a listen and then share your favourites here.

    As always, single song entries won't be counted. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. The maximum ten points will go to your #1 choice. You're very welcome to list more, but only the first ten will be counted.

    Everyone is invited to join in. If we can have our choices in by the end of Sunday that would be great. Enjoy.


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  13. Willie Oleson

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    1. Co.Ro Ft. Taleesa
    2. Patti Smith Group
    3. Garbage & Screaming Females
    4. Rhythms Del Mundo Ft. KT Tunstall
    5. XXX Century
    6. The Sweet
    7. Mighty Pope
     
  14. Mel O'Drama

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    With just one voter this round has been a win for @Willie Oleson who has had the luxury of choosing our Standards by default. And, Mrs Slocombe style, he is unanimous in that.

    As the #1 choice was voted on by 100% of voters(!), it means we have our SIXTH SOAPCHAT STANDARD FULL HOUSE (And our second default Full House).

    And so brace yourself for surprises galore (by which I mean a quick recap) as we discover our seven favourites.






























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    1. Co.Ro Ft. Taleesa - 10
    2. Patti Smith Group - 9
    3. Garbage & Screaming Females - 8
    4. Rhythms Del Mundo Ft. KT Tunstall - 7
    5. XXX Century - 6
    6. The Sweet - 5
    7. Mighty Pope - 4






    Congrats to our magnificent triumvirate of Cor.Ro, Taleesa and Willie!!

    As it's quiet round here at the moment we'll take a little break and return in September. See you back here soon.
     
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    Yippee! The "Gay Italian" version is The Standard!:dance:

    It's a very long holiday period this year.
    That's tomorrow:D
     
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