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Peggy Seeger: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

[1957]
Parole e musica di Ewan MacColl, una struggente canzone d’amore diretta proprio a Peggy Seeger, conosciuta a Londra nel 1956.
Credo che i due la incisero per la prima volta nel 1962 nel disco intitolato “The New Briton Gazette, Vol. 2”
Il brano vanta centinaia di cover, che Ewan MacColl odiava dalla prima all’ultima e conservava in qualla che chiamava “stanza degli orrori”. La più detestata fra tutte era quella offerta da Elvis Presley.
La canzone divenne universalmente famosa nel 1972 nella - secondo me - straordinaria interpretazione della cantante nera Roberta Flack, scelta da Clint Eastwood per la colonna sonora di “Play Misty for Me” (“Brivido nella notte”), il suo debutto alla regia. La Flack l’aveva originariamente incisa nel 1969 nel suo debutto discografico intitolato “First Take”.



Cari, perfidi ma sensibili Admins, vi prego e scongiuro di approvare questo Extra perchè... (Continues)
The first time ever I saw your face
(Continues)
Contributed by Bernart 2013/7/25 - 23:15
Song Itineraries: Anti War Love Songs
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Tryin' Times

[1969]
Da “First Take”, debut album di Roberta Flack.
Scritta da Donny Hathaway con Leroy Hutson de The Impressions.
La canzone è presente anche in “Everything Is Everything” (1970), il bellissimo album di debutto di Hathaway, vero e proprio gigante della black music, prematuramente scomparso nel 1979, al culmine della sua carriera artistica, in circostanze mai del tutto chiarite.


Trying times is what the world is talking about
(Continues)
Contributed by Bartleby 2010/12/1 - 11:04
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Business Goes On As Usual

Lyrics by Fred Hellerman
Music by Fran Minkoff

Interpretata anche dalla grande soul singer Roberta Flack in "Chapter Two" (1970) e, mi pare, pure da John Denver...

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Business goes on
(Continues)
Contributed by Alessandro 2008/11/13 - 12:55
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Compared To What

The song was initially recorded and released by a young soul vocalist by the name of Roberta Flack: her version appeared as the opening track on her debut recording, First Take (1969).

A second version of the song was recorded later that year by pianist Les McCann and saxophonist Eddie Harris for their album, Swiss Movement, recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The McCann and Harris version became an international hit, selling over a million copies. At a time when black folks, American youth, and anti-war protesters were literally taking it to the streets, "Compared to What" was a scathing critique of social realities in the United States, taking aim at the clergy, "poor dumb rednecks," "tired old ladies," and the Vietnam War. McDaniels' lyrics were clear: even to raise questions about the war in Vietnam was considered an act of treason. McDaniels' observation, of course, resonates... (Continues)
Love the lie and lie the love
(Continues)
Contributed by Alessandro 2006/8/3 - 23:59




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