Music

Who did it better?

By Nechtan

Who did it better?

Many songs get covered or re-interpreted, the covers often being more successful than the original.

Here are some cover versions of one song, let us know in the comments which is your favourite, or if you don’t like any of them.

“Roll Over Beethoven” was written and released by Chuck Berry in 1956.

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Scintillating, Shimmering Schumann

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Søndergård with Denis Kozhukhin (piano). Music by Beethoven, Schumann and Sibelius. Michael Fowler Centre, May 18, 2019

“Decadence!” is how English critic Henry Fothergill Chorley viewed the music of Robert Schumann. Schumann’s was the art of “covering pages with thoughts little worth noting and of hiding an intrinsic poverty of invention by grim or monotonous eccentricity.” It portended the imminent demise of civilised living. (It should be noted that Chorley was likened by one eminent contemporary to a “stuffed monkey,” on whom the prodigious amounts of alcohol he consumed were apparently wasted.)

If you wish to participate in civilisation-ending decadence of the utmost deliciousness, you must not miss  Denis Kozhukhin’s truly wicked performance of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A-Minor with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra—coming soon to a town near you, if you live near Tauranga, Hamilton, Auckland or New Plymouth.

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Whaleoil music quiz: 1963-1988

Who did it better?

By Nechtan

Who did it better?

Many songs get covered or re-interpreted, the covers often being more successful than the original.

Here are some cover versions of one song, let us know in the comments which is your favourite, or if you don’t like any of them.

“The House Of The Rising Sun” is a traditional folk song sometimes titled “Rising Sun Blues”

It has been recorded by many artists and in many different genres including folk, country, blues and rock.

Lead Belly recorded several different versions over the years.

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MagicTalk working group discuss police visits

This is from the Friday working group on MagicTalk radio. I figured I might as well get this up as a followup to the last couple of videos concerning New Zealand police officers checking in on citizens based on their online postings. I reckon it’s good for people to be aware of.

Whaleoil music quiz: 1965-2000

Who did it better?

By Nechtan

Who did it better?

Many songs get covered or re-interpreted, the covers often being more successful than the original.

Here are some cover versions of one song, let us know in the comments which is your favourite, or if you don’t like any of them.

“Who Do You Love?” is a song written and recorded by Bo Diddley in 1956.

It has been covered by many other acts including:

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Whaleoil music quiz: NZ music: 1970-2000

Who did it better?

By Nechtan

Who did it better?

Many songs get covered or re-interpreted, the covers often being more successful than the original.

Here are some cover versions of one song, let us know in the comments which is your favourite, or if you don?t like any of them.

“Me and Booby McGee” is a song written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster. It has been recorded by many acts.

The first recording was by Roger Miller in 1969, it reached number 12 on the US country charts.

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Whaleoil music quiz: American Bands: 1975-2005