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Morcheeba — Summertime (w/ Hubert Laws)
Album: Summertime
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Released: 2002
Length: 4:35
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George Gershwin would weep if he heard this bloodless rendition. Hubert Laws seems to have sold his soul.
Cambot wrote:
At first glance, I thought that said Morcheeba & 'HUEY LEWIS'
I need a new drug to wake me up and see if ma-ma-ma-ma my heart is still beat-ing after this song. Sometimes, bad is bad.
If you're going to cover a song that's been covered by the greats, better do it well. I'm not hearin' it.
Gregorama wrote:
My sentiments as well. I like Morcheeba and have one of their CDs. But this is a little bit too melancholy or too something for me-not sure what but it just ain't doin' it for me.
There are a lot of comments like yours..."I want to like it, but don't and am not sure why." It's because her phrasing is non-existent. The word I would use to best describe this song is "sultry" - well, there's nothing sultry about this - it sounds like she's reading the lyrics off a (blurry) teleprompter for the first time. On top of that, she enunciates every syllable, which is totally the wrong approach for this tune. It's too bad. I like Morcheeba, and the instrumental arrangement would be great with the right vocalist in front...and this has to be one of the best songs in the 20th century. Just a bad fit, and an opportunity lost.
betterdaze wrote:
I really like this song, but this version seems lacking in energy to me.
My sentiments as well. I like Morcheeba and have one of their CDs. But this is a little bit too melancholy or too something for me-not sure what but it just ain't doin' it for me.
At first glance, I thought that said Morcheeba & 'HUEY LEWIS'
Okay, since we're all chiming in, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong's version is the best.
I really like this song, but this version seems lacking in energy to me.
Different take on a favorite song..... interesting!
I love show-tune music, but I specifically love Summertime. And I'll take it just about any way I can get it. So, this version was fine. It was different. Smooth like a lazy summer day. I think I'd like a CD compilation of all the known renditions of Summertime from Gershwin to Joplin. However, even Gershwin doesn't beat Summertime played on sax by a French Quarter musician outside the Cafe du Monde at 7 in the morning. Off to watch the Astros hopefully make it to the World Series. :sunny.gif:
calder wrote:
this version has no energy & no edge. Janis' version puts this to shame
Even that rendition on last season's American Idol blows this one out of the water. (ok ok not that I WANT to claim that I watched it. . .I have Idol wannabes living at home!!)
ChardRemains wrote:
....Janis Joplin please....
Now THERE'S a Summertime that would do George and Ira real proud.....
Limp cheesey winebar background music. Love Gershwin. Maybe you just need more cheeba to appreciate this version. Janis Joplin please....or Lisa Engelken/Zimmermans. Reminds me. Must upload some stuff.
Tux wrote:
This is maybe the worst Gerschwin cover I ever heard. This is so tatally *wrong* Where has the atmosphere gone?
Funny...Gershwin is close to my soul. I've spent the last two days listening to my new Essential Gershwin disk which includes early (and some recent) covers of most of his widely known songs. I'm also a big Morcheeba fan. For all that, this is a VERY disappointing cover!
:sunny.gif: :sunny.gif: :sunny.gif:
Sam Cooke does an amazing version of this song. Please play that...it has SOUL.
Oh, this cover is so wrong on so many levels.
This is maybe the worst Gerschwin cover I ever heard. This is so tatally *wrong* Where has the atmosphere gone?
All I can say is that it's great to hear a 1930's jazz composer still being played along with other great contemporary musicians. I love Gershwin. Always have and always will. It's great to hear something of his (if not directly his) on RP. 8)
Yawn... is this over YET...
Less Cheeba--More talent
Cool non-album track!
Very smoothe! Love Morcheeba's silky voice. (pimp)
Love the Momma/Daddy gender switch in the lyrics.
:sleep:
Concur with Whack-a-mole below. I like this a lot. Any idea where this is recorded? The Amazon link brings up nothin.' I got nuthin.'
Originally Posted by calder: this version has no energy & no edge. Janis' version puts this to shame
' well, it's very hot in the south and Porgy and Bess didn't have any energy the first time...
A few too many covers on RP for my liking...
Blah :frustrated: Blah
this version has no energy & no edge. Janis\' version puts this to shame
Great cover! Have any of you heard Peter Gabriel\'s rendition? It\'s terrific. (pimp)
skye-oh-skye!
Anybody under 35 not like this? Yeah is is covered by a lot of artist, but that is the point and what it is called a standard or classic. When you remember how Michael Jordan slammed dunked a ball as you watch Kobie Bryant play do you say boring cause you have seen a slam dunk before? No (if you love basketball) you appreciate the different styles of play at a sport that you love. Well this is what it is like in music as well. Summertime has been covered by a lot of artist and each one has put their own style on it. Is Janis Joplin\'s version better that Billy Holiday\'s? Of course not they are both great but totally different. I\'m glad Morcheeba has the guts to sing a song like Summertime. It shows that she is a real artist.
Drubid and depressing. :frustrated:
This has got to be one of the most covered songs in history. Beaten into the ground, this one.
I keep telling you.......Lesscheeba, Please. :cry:
Russian roulette music. :evil:
How to make a truly great song sound boring, lesson one...
\"Your mommy\'s rich and your daddy\'s good looking\". Love it!
Originally Posted by mgb4tim: Sublime has a kick-a$$ version of this song. This one just drags on and on...:frustrated:
It may drag on compared to the Sublime version (which isn't all that fast-paced itself), but it more accurately captures the mood of the original from Porgy & Bess.
Sublime has a kick-a$$ version of this song. This one just drags on and on...:frustrated:
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
Originally Posted by hobbitt: This is one of those songs that requires you to be in a certain mood. But, oh man, if you're in that mood, it'll rip you up.
this doesnt really have much to do with music, but....with living in place called Downers Grove, you are probably in "that" kind of mood alot!
What a great song from Morcheeba... great version that I\'ve never heard before... the more I hear of them, the more I like them... a friend of mine from U.K. originally got me to give them a listen... keep playing them RP!
Great version.. but wow.. did things su d d e n l y s l o w d o w n . . . :D
What a great version of summertime! It\'s my favorite version besides the old one by the zombies...
mmmm - smooooth
Fantastic cd - highly highly recommend it.
This is one of those songs that requires you to be in a certain mood. But, oh man, if you're in that mood, it'll rip you up.
Been a Morcheeba fan for a while, keep on playing them. :)
You can hardly go wrong with a song like Summertime. This one is different enough from the other \'Summertimes\' I heard so far, to make it worthwhile. Yesterday has got a long way to go before it\'s the most covered/recorded song. At AMG I found out there are 508 recordings of it, against 999(!) Summertime recordings (will no. 1000 get \'the ever lasting Summertime reward\', or something?)
The \"Yesterday\" of it\'s time. It\'s hard to do an original version of this song, and I\'m not sure she succeeds here. (If you\'re not Janis, what\'s new that you could possibly do with only six notes to work with?) It\'s hard to best Ella Fitzgerald and her ilk with a traditional interpretation, and I don\'t think she succeeds at that either. So what\'s the point?
Gag :(
I like this version, but you need to play the Iggy Pop version. Ig man shows the raw sexuality side of the song.
Nice, campy version of the song. Makes me thirsty for a martini!
Not bad, but I do like Janis\' version better.
A little jazz ... nice.
Oh come on! This is an awful version of this song...where's Gene Harris when you need him...Don't get me wrong, I like Morcheeba a lot, and this version is kinda neat, but compared to when it's done the old fashioned way, it truly sucks. OK OK, It's growing on me upon repeat exposure. :rolleyes: