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Friday, January 30, 2009

Old School Friday: You Can Get With This Or You Can Get With That...

And Friday is here, bless its little soul.  It couldn't have come any quicker.


Today's Old School Friday Theme is: originals vs remakes.  Very touchy topic I would think.  A lot of music lovers can definitely get into a throw down mode with this one.  We can all agree that some songs just shouldn't be touched at all - can anyone say "My Prerogative" by Britney Spears?  Yet on the other hand, there are some artists who do take the ride and refrain from the train wreck it could become. I will be pulling a few 90's inspirations, so bear with me.  Here are three of my favorites (another hard choice!):

This happens to be one of my all time FAVORITE duets ever.  Everyone has a love for one of, if not both of these artists.  They were/are talented in so many ways and when they came together, they blew us all away.
 

Then when I heard this remake, I fell in love immediately.  This brother and sister team did a phenomenal job of capturing the smooth laid back energy and the yearning pain that can be heard in the lyrics of the song.  I was always a fan of Jesse Powell but not really of his sister Trina ("I Don't Know What You Came Here For" or "My Love Is The..." fame), but after this duet she won me over.  

Second choice, one of the best funk bands ever put the sexy in funkay with this song **fanning profusely**:


And before Mr. Sisqo went all "I am the king of R&B" nutso on us, Dru Hill really brought that heat over and over and OVER again on their debut album, which included an amazing remake of this song.  Now unfortunately there is no video for this song, but I did find a link for it on Rhapsody. Just click here and take a listen to #12.

And lastly, something a bit more recent.  I am a huge Level 42 fan and this song always haunts me.  The lyrics are superb, I even wrote the lyrics as a post a while back.  This is my favorite track from them: 


This phenomenal song was given a soulful touch, by the Grammy Nominated, raspy voiced Acey Ducey himself - Anthony David.  LOVE IT.


I promise, that's all I have.

Be sure to check out the rest of my OSF fam here.  Have a great weekend!

Tha Connoisseur 

18 comments:

PopArtDiva said...

Wow, you did some serious digging! Sometimes the remakes surpass the originals - especially when remade by serious talent.

This was a fun theme, I was going for easy by posting a Beatles remake but then I discovered how many remakes of Helter Skelter were made - frankly, I was a bit surprised. You'll love the very last one I found, lol.

Happy OSF!!

Tha Connoisseur said...

@PopArtDiva: Believe it or not, all of these songs are in my collection...lol And they rank at the top of my list for remakes, which is a very touchy subject for me...lol

Glad you liked! :)

MrsGrapevine said...

I chose Donny Hathaway, too. Jesse Powell has a great voice, and a lot of people slept on his album.

I actually like Jesse Powell and Trina's version. Not sure if it's better than the original. it's different, but in a great way.

Con Funk Shun: One of my favorite songs to date. I love that Dru Hill album because of the remake of this song. This is definitely an all time favorite, and I can't believed no one hasn't played before today.

Last song. All I can say is hmmmm. I don't get the same haunting feeling that you get. I like it, but it just doesn't move me.

Tha Connoisseur said...

@MsGrapevine: Love Jesse, I thought he would be around for a while, but thinking back I think perhaps his voice was too grown for people then? I don't know.

Yeah, they really killed that remake. I couldn't tell you how many times I played that song and still do!

Re the last one, I just love the song period. I think someone has to really really massacre it for me to hate it...lol

Kim said...

Ummm can we schedule a Jesse Powell comeback. His sisters were cool too, but Jesse Powell needs to find Carl Thomas and demand some recognition.

Great picks!

Tha Connoisseur said...

@Kim: I am on board for that one! :)

Hey Shae! said...

I agree with Kim. Jesse Powell needs to make a serious come back. Sisqo too... as long as he keeps those thong song remakes to himself.

Tha Connoisseur said...

@Shae!: LOL I saw Dru Hill last summer in concert and let's just say, I am NOT in a rush for a Dru Hill album or Sisqo comeback. HONESTLY.

Vérité Parlant said...

You've got the right name, Connoisseur. And you've outdone yourself this OSF. Thank you. :-)

Roberta and Donny, what a duo!

Liked all your picks. Took me back to hiding under the covers with my radio on after I was supposed to be in bed.

Tha Connoisseur said...

@Verite Parlant: Aww merci bien cherie! :) So glad you enjoyed!

Marvalus said...

You took me back with that Level 42! Whew...

I love that Jesse/Trina Powell remake...very nice!

Nice job this week...

Tha Connoisseur said...

@Marv: Thanks so much lovely! :)

Revvy Rev said...

TC, You have no peers when it comes to OSF! Donny and Roberta are certainly #1 in my book, but you exposed the "smooth laid back energy and yearning pain" in the remix that captures me.

Tha Connoisseur said...

@Revvy: You always know how to make me blush don't you?...lol You are too kind! Very happy you were captured by my choices. :)

pjazzypar said...

You gotta love Donny and Roberta! I am a soundtrack fanatic and I remember Jesse and Trina's version, which I liked. Stephanie Mills and Robert Brookins had a nice rendition of the song back in the late 80's. Nice choices. Happy OSF!

Tha Connoisseur said...

@pjazzypar: Thanks! Yes, I do remember that ensemble as well, but the Jesse & Trina one won me over hands down. :)

whenevawhateva said...

I absolutely love Donny & Roberta! And I forgot all about Jesse Powell.

I need more Con Funk Shun in my music library.

Tha Connoisseur said...

@whenevawhateva: I think a lot of people forgot about Jesse. I feel a feature coming on about him on these pages...lol

And get on the Con Funk Shun!