Found a new Basia and Mietek duet on YouTube - both Polish born singers. This song would have been gorgeous for Karen.
I think the problem is that Anne Murray hit it so big in the States, she was all that was played on Canadian pop radio for years and years. Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot and the Guess Who were sort of the Canadian pop music triumvirate there for a while. There's no question that Anne Murray is wonderful (and I love her lower register much as I love Karen's), but folks like a little bit of variety.
That's why you have Michael Bublé!
The rules of Canadian radio provide that a certain, fairly large percentage of tracks played MUST be by Canadian artists, so yes, you'd get a lot of sameness from those artists.
Interesting .. I remember this as an unusual single for Judy Collins that I did not think suited her very well:We've been having a little discussion over in the general music forum about an A&M record that was released back in 1974. It was a group fronted by singer/composer Valerie Carter with the odd name of Howdy Moon. I think most Carpenters fans would appreciate this recording of "Cook With Honey". Valerie wrote it, sings lead and backup harmony vocals and the record is just gorgeous.
Like so many other obscure A&M Records, the only source these days is Japanese CD. There are several iterations to choose from at places like CDJapan. I remember the song from radio back in '74. I missed taping it before it disappeared, but never forgot how hauntingly beautiful the record is.
What I found interesting was this version is very oldies sounding and the Carpenters were so into the oldies you would think Richard would have kept that style but I'm glad he didn't because I like the Carpenters version better....Karen's phrasing and how she goes high and low.."can't help mysel....f
Patti AustinHave loved reading about the music and the artists that everyone here is interested in and thought I would provide a summary of the ones that have been mentioned so far:
Agnetha & Frida (ABBA)
Andrea Corr and Sharon Corr (The Corrs)
Carly Rae Jespen
Corinne Bailey Rae
Corinne Drewery of Swing Out Sister
Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie
Heart's Nancy Wilson
Katy Perry aka Katy Hudson
Marilyn McCoo-Davis & Florence LaRue Gordon of The 5th Dimension
Susan Jacks of The Poppy Family
The Bugaloos with Caroline "Joy" Ellis on lead vocal
The McGuire Sisters
Toni Tennille (The Captain & Tennille)
I don't think this jerky version would attract enough of my interest for repeated plays. Fine for one live performance. Also, no matter how she went about it, Karen could always sing Bacharach with her feel for flowing rhythm.So...I'm on itunes downloading that song, Back on the Chain Gang by the Pretenders and when I did a search by Chrissie Hynde I see she recorded the song, "Baby It's You" I guess the track appeared on the album Burt Bacharach-One Amazing Night. This looks like a live version.
This is weird cause I am so use to ONLY hearing Karen sing this track.
Ooh! Good call! Just a phenomenal ballad. It's odd, 'cause that one fell fairly short of the Top 40, and yet I've always felt it's both her best song and best vocal performance (and for a woman whose other hits include knockouts like "Sweet Thing," "Tell Me Something Good," and "I Feel for You," that's really saying something!). She's an awfully underrated singer. A legend in the R&B world, for sure, but she hasn't had nearly as much pop crossover success as she deserves. Does anyone remember off-hand who wrote that one, by the way? I want to say Cynthia Weil ("Just Once," "Never Gonna Let You Go," etc.) was one of the writers on that one, but I'm not positive. Weil's ballads are always first-rate stuff.Did anyone mention Chaka Khan yet? This is a great pop song!
I'm not usually one for much in the way of R&B, but Chaka Khan's got a few songs that I cannot play loud enough! In addition to those listed, I think my favorite has to be "Please Pardon Me (You Remind Me Of A Friend)" when Ms. Khan was lead vocalist for the band called Rufus.Ooh! Good call! Just a phenomenal ballad. It's odd, 'cause that one fell fairly short of the Top 40, and yet I've always felt it's both her best song and best vocal performance (and for a woman whose other hits include knockouts like "Sweet Thing," "Tell Me Something Good," and "I Feel for You," that's really saying something!). She's an awfully underrated singer. A legend in the R&B world, for sure, but she hasn't had nearly as much pop crossover success as she deserves. Does anyone remember off-hand who wrote that one, by the way? I want to say Cynthia Weil ("Just Once," "Never Gonna Let You Go," etc.) was one of the writers on that one, but I'm not positive. Weil's ballads are always first-rate stuff.
I always thought Sheena Easton had incredible talent that just never seemed to break through to superstardom. And I loved just about all of her stuff that's been mentioned, including the mired-in-the-80s "Telephone Song (Long Distance Love Affair)".And I agree that Sheena Easton's a great example of an amazing singer whose choice in material has been questionable. Even they haven't aged very well, I will admit to still liking "Morning Train," "For Your Eyes Only," and "Strut" (written by Charlie Dore of "Pilot of the Airwaves" fame!) quite a bit, and "Almost Over You," I agree, is a real knockout of a ballad and her most underrated single by far, but when I think of some of the other material she's done, especially "Sugar Walls," which is just downright embarrassing, it really does seem like a waste. She steered way too far into dance-pop and Paula Abdul territory in the back half of the '80s to do true justice to her talents. I can overlook "Strut," 'cause that is a great record and piece of songwriting, but just about everything that came after that one was disappointing.