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SoapChat Standards "Driving Home For Christmas"

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  1. Emeliz Navidad
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    IMO, no one even comes close to Elvis when it comes to Suspicious Minds (and a couple of his other hits). Therefore, I will exclude Elvis! Yup, you read that correct. No Elvis on my list, even though I could easily put him on #1 and no one else on the other 9 positions.

    So my top 10 none-Elvis versions are:

    1. Danny and the Wonderbras
    2. Christer Sjögren
    3. My Morning Jacket
    4. Manie Jackson
    5. Candi Staton
    6. Jack Jersey
    7. Dee Dee Warwick
    8. Martina McBride
    9. Electro Spectre
    10. B.J. Thomas
     
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  2. Mel O’Kalikimaka
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    1. Martina McBride
    Authentically vintage vibes and a sparkling, soulful vocal make this my top choice.


    2. Bettye Swann [DJ Spector Edit]
    Great, gritty vocals. I enjoy that the arrangement has more than a hint of Stevie Wonder. Superstitious Minds, anyone?


    3. Candi Staton
    She has such a gorgeous voice.


    4. Helmut Lotti
    That beautiful, angelic chorus. The dramatic build-up. The complete change of attitude a minute in. In paying homage to The King, Helmut has actually outdone him.


    5. Merry Clayton
    This has a very welcome hint of anger and attitude.


    6. Elvis Presley
    The arrangement is so timeless. It still sounds great today.


    7. Thelma Houston
    Really energetic and so very 1980.


    8. Carola
    Another lovely voice with an interesting, Duffy-esque arrangment.


    9. Chase Holfelder
    Minor key is a major hit with me.


    10. Billy Swan
    Perhaps the happiest version of all. He's taking it all very well.





    And a few more I enjoyed...

    Peters & Lee

    Singtank

    Amanda Lear
     
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    Aww. What a lovely association. I'm certainly very glad you did join in. These threads wouldn't be the same without your input.
     
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    Oh I love that you included Carola on your list. :)
    She's one of my favorite singers like ever. She is actually a big Elvis fan. I used to be in her fan club in the 1990s and in one issue of the fan magazine she wrote about her visit at Graceland...

    Anyway I can't really come up with ten versions of the song and I guess my votes won't count therefore. But I would put this one first:



    (Somehow this video reminds me of one of Jenna's first lines to Bobby (in the Oil Baron's Ball episode of Dallas that I just watched tonight) "Lots of people who are divorced still love each other." I'd say that line was certainly true for Cilla & Elvis!)

    and this one would be my second vote:



    As much as I love Carola, I don't think anything can beat the original with Elvis! :)
     
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    That's great. I've discovered her through seeing her mentioned by you and others in the music forum.

    Her voice really appeals to me and I hope to buy some of her albums in time. She has so many albums though - it's hard to know where to start. I think I would probably start with some of her English language material. Maybe the Barbra and Elvis album since I like all the songs on it.
     
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    That's awesome that you've discovered Carola @Mel O’Drama :)
    Yeah she has a great voice. I would definitely recommend you to get her English language albums. There's the Barbra & Elvis album (2011), but also "My Show" (2001), "Much More" (1990) and "Runaway" (1986). The 80's album was produced by Barry Gibb so if you love 80's music that's a must! ;)
    If you like gospel/religious music "My Tribute" (1993) is also a good album.

    Also sorry for going off topic here!
     
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    They all sound great, Karin. All look very appealing in different ways. I've made a note of these and hope to explore some of them next year when the budget is a bit more fluid. ;)

    Not at all. Carola's name came up in the thread, so I'd say you're right on topic. ;)
     
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    We can't go on together, so it's time to total up Suspicious Minds...



    Four of us voted giving thirty soulful versions of Suspicious Minds. Which means 75% of each person's votes was unique to them. The votes have been counted and tallied and the results are here.


    And the winner is...











































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    It's a tie!












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    The winners are...


























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    1. Elvis Presley / Martina McBride - 25
    2. Candi Staton - 20
    3. Fine Young Cannibals - 17
    4. Danny and The Wonderbras - 10
    5. Bettye Swann [D.J. Spectre Edit] / Christer Sjögren / Dwight Yoakam - 9
    6. My Morning Jacket - 8
    7. Helmut Lotti / Jon Bon Jovi / Manie Jackson - 7
    8. Erik Hassle / Merry Clayton / No Doubt - 6
    9. Jack Jersey / Singtank - 5
    10. Dee Dee Warwick / Mark James / Thelma Houston - 4
    11. Carola / Daughtry / Whipping Boy - 3
    12. Chase Holfelder / Electro Spectre / Texas - 2
    13. Billy Swan / B.J. Thomas / Tony Hadley / Ty Taylor - 1









    So it's a double win for the covers!!



    And we had FOUR one-pointers this time round. Yes - 100% of our tenth choices were unique.




    This round has been so full of shocks I need to go and lie down....
     
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    Next up...
    (Don't Fear) The Reaper



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    Suggested by @Ome, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" is a song written by Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, lead guitarist for rock band Blue Öyster Cult. Dharma wrote the song while picturing an early death for himself and deals with eternal love, the inevitability of death and the foolishness of fearing it.

    It originally appeared on the band's 1976 album Agents Of Fortune with a vocal from Dharma himself. Released as an edited single it became Blue Öyster Cult's biggest chart success, appearing on the Billboard Hot 100 for twenty weeks and reaching #12. It charted even higher in Canada, peaking at #7. The single edit failed to chart in the UK after its July 1976 release, however the unedited album version was released as a UK single in May 1978, where it reached #16. In 1976, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" was Rolling Stone's song of the year.

    Buck Dharma's own 1994 acoustic version appeared on compilation album Guitar Practicing Musicians 3.

    Other versions include: Goo Goo Dolls (1987); Clint Ruin and Lydia Lunch (1992); Gus (1996, for the Scream soundtrack); The Mutton Birds (1996 - for The Frighteners soundtrack); HIM (1997); Big Country (2001); Unto Ashes (2003); The Beautiful South (2004); Snuff (2005); Heaven 17 (2005); Pat DiNizio (2006) L.A. Guns (2010) and Candlemass (2010).

    You'll find thirty seven versions here. Explore, enjoy and enter your favourites below.

    Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices. Let's say we'll bring voting to a close on Thursday night. Enjoy... and be fearless!


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    1. Apollo 440
    2. Ceasars
    3. Blue Oyster Cult
    4. Rose McDowall
    5. Heaven 17
    6. The Beautiful South
     
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    The results are in for (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

    Four of us came up with twenty versions. In this order...
































































































































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    1. Blue Öyster Cult - 36
    2. The Beautiful South - 25
    3. Apollo 440 - 22
    4. Heaven 17 - 20
    5. Unto Ashes - 14
    6. Caesars - 12
    7. Big Country - 11
    8. The Alice Band - 10
    9. Rose McDowall - 9
    10. Cornbread Red - 8
    11. Alana Davis / Goo Goo Dolls / Van She - 7
    12. Retromotive - 6
    13. The Bridewell Taxis - 5
    14. Gus - 4
    15. The Mutton Birds - 3
    16. Pelle Miljoona Rockers & Andy McCoy - 2
    17. HIM / Mike Massé and Jeff Hall - 1





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    Our next song is...
    S.O.S.



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    Suggested by @Willie Oleson, "S.O.S." (working title: "Turn Me On") was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson. The title itself was coined by Stig, though the lyrics he provided were re-written by Ulvaeus.

    "S.O.S." was among the first of three songs recorded for ABBA's self-titled 1975 album and was recorded at Glen Studio in Långänen, Sweden on 22–23 August 1974.

    The song is unique among pop songs of the period, opening with an unaccompanied classical keyboard in a subdued D-minor key. Unlike most ABBA tracks up to that point, the vocal begins with an emotional solo performance by Agnetha Fältskog. The song then transitions to a rock chorus in a major key, dominated by a distorted electric guitar and full vocals. Lyricist Ulvaeus has said that, after three years of trying to figure out what style would define them, ABBA found its identity as a pop group with the release of "S.O.S.".

    Despite the song's catchiness it was initially passed over as the lead single from the album in favour of "So Long", chosen primarily because it had the same uptempo beat as their hit single, "Waterloo".

    On release, "S.O.S." marked a huge turnaround in ABBA's fortunes, most notably in the UK and Ireland, where it reached #6 and #4 respectively, beginning a run of 18 consecutive Top 10 hits for ABBA in the UK and Ireland. "SOS" reached #1 in Australia, Belgium, France, West Germany (7 weeks at the top), New Zealand and South Africa. It was a Top 3 hit in Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Italy (where it became ABBA's most successful hit), Mexico, Rhodesia and Switzerland. The song became ABBA's second Top 20 hit in the United States, peaking at #15. To date the song is the only Hot 100 single and #1 single in Australia in which both the title and the credited act are palindromes.

    The song was the subject of one of the first pioneering music videos produced by director Lasse Hallström for the band.

    Agnetha Fältskog, who sang lead on the ABBA version, recorded the song in Swedish on her 1975 solo album "Elva kvinnor i ett hus". Despite never being promoted in Sweden, it peaked at #4 on the singles chart on 1 January 1976 during a 20-week chart run.

    "SOS" is one of the most-covered of ABBA's songs. It has been recorded and performed in concert by several prominent artists, including John Frusciante, Peter Cetera, Chris deBurgh and Portishead.

    Over seventy versions may be found here. Explore, enjoy the divine drama and then list your favourites in this thread. Please list up to ten versions with a minimum of three choices.

    We'll bring voting to a close on Tuesday night after which our favourite version will be revealed.


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    Not one of my best suggestions, I'm afraid.
    Some nice clubby and NRG coverversions, but at the end of the day I just want to hear the original S.O.S. (although there are a few ABBA covers that I prefer to the originals).

    1. ABBA

    2. Jessy K


    3. Kit Rolfe


    4. Hazell Dean (Matt Pop Remix - that video is not the 1996 version)

    5. Les Blue Belles

    6. Abbacadabra
     
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    I've been searching high and low for a coverversion posted by a forum member some years ago (I thought it was minx, she liked ABBA too).
    Just a few minutes ago I realized it wasn't "S.O.S." at all.


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    That's probably why she found it LOL!
     
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    There's this ...

     
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