Some songs sung by some great singers.
(This page will be intermittently extended as and when I discover anything I like.)
Laurie Anderson performs her song, Love among the sailors from the album Bright red, co-produced by Brian Eno, and doesn’t it show? Wonderfully restrained and poetic.
The wonderful Mary Chapin Carpenter performs her own song, I am a town, from the album Come, come on
An interesting comparison to be made with the version on the album: the slower tempo of this version is very compelling but, in the original, the accompaniment is stripped back still more (piano and bowed double bass, in addition to MCC’s guitar)
I’d rather go blind (Ellington Jordan/Billy Foster)
Mary Coughlan (with Ciaran Wilde, sax) gets right inside this song
Hilary Summers and the Michael Nyman band perform Nyman’s strong but moving song, If (Roger Pulvers, based on the diary of Anne Frank/Michael Nyman)
Przypływ, odpływ, oddech czasu (Magda Czapińska/Pat Metheny)
Anna Maria Jopek, her band and Pat Metheny, guitar
Magda Czapińska added words to a Pat Metheny instrumental (Tell her you saw me from the album Secret story—original here)
Norma Winstone transforms what is surely a rather irritating song (Tea for two, Irving Caesar/Vincent Youmans) into a poignant ballad. So how does she do it?
With John Taylor, piano, and Tony Coe, clarinet, tenor saxophone.