By Tony Attwood
Next on our list should be Floater, but there is only one interesting and/or exciting cover of this, and Jochen got there before me. You’ll find the video in his article, and I do recommend it.
The same is true with the next song on the alphabetical list: Foot of Pride. But since in the original article I didn’t include the actual video (just the sound track) here it is again:
For me this version just captures the lyrics totally (even if Lou didn’t know the lyrics, and was reading them from a screen).
Next is Forever Young – which of course is a complete contrast. It is one of those songs that has over one hundred cover versions by recognised performers, so what we choose is a matter of personal opinion. And as ever I am looking for something different and yet artistically valid. By which I mean the emphasis is on artistic integrity rather than a producer saying, “I don’t know guys, it’s not working, can we put a bit of echo in?” or words to that effect.
Cathal Gavin almost gets there, until suddenly someone adds a bizarre percussive sound with echo on the off beats. It is a great shame because otherwise it is a brilliant rendition of the song.
There are some decent instrumental versions around too showing a huge range of imagination in the way the music is handled.
Lisa Viggiano does a funny pause at one place which I don’t think works, but overall the interpretation is very interesting, varying each element of the music that can be changed without destroying the integrity of the song. Interesting ending too. I had to double check that I’d not cut the piece off
But in the end I reach the conclusion that the song is, no matter how hard one tries, always just out of reach. I’ve listened to a couple of dozen versions in writing this piece and yet I still can’t find what I am looking for.
Gentle, soft, with vocal harmonies. And try shutting the percussion up, just for a change. Is that too much to ask? Seemingly yes – unless I just happened to miss it among all the covers out there.