Friday, April 22, 2005Before we get to this week's Random Ten, allow me to direct you to a German Ultravox fan's webpage, which contains a link to one of the most unusual versions of Hymn I've heard. It's from a 1986 concert (unknown venue) described as a "audience member's tape recording" in the German caption.
The segment contains only the last 1:56 of the song, and the sound quality is poor-to-fair at best. Midge sounds passionate-but-weary, his voice missing a few beats as though he's sung it a million times before; but what's striking is the instrumentation. Instead of the traditional four-man synth-pop arrangement, the song and Ure's guitar lead are backed by what appears to be a synthesized women's gospel chorus - and the shouts of front-row fans. The recording is imperfect, but it's warm and revelatory as the orginal was ethereally chill - and I can't help but wonder to think of what a fresh new gospelized version of the song would sound like under the old Midge vocal. Now that would be stupendous.
- Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Dropout Boogie
- RX - My Name is RX
- The Beatles - Come Together
- From Bubblegum to Sky - Some Kind of Fantastic
- The Clash - Hateful
- The Blue in Green Quartet - Interplay
- Tindersticks and Isabella Rossellini - A Marriage Made in Heaven
- Spillsbury - Schlagzeile
- Dry and Heavy - Heavy Special
- Barenaked Ladies - Grim Grinning Ghosts