Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Battle of the Bands: "It's Too Late"


"Forgive me, Father Gary, for I have sinned...I actually had another Battle of the Bands to post yesterday, but I got tied up and didn't do it. In my shame, I felt compelled to re-do it and pay homage to lateness."



It's the kind of thing only Gary Oldman would forgive. But, here we go!  Ladies and gentlemen, this is the BATTLE OF THE BANDS!   This fine frolic is the product of my friends, Fae and Stephen T. McCarthy and I'm taking part once a month on the 15th, except for days when I stink at getting down to business, like yesterday, for example.  But I digress...


Carole King's hits could be a background track of life in the late 60s and 70s for one young Cherdo. She really covered the charts, either directly or indirectly, by the number of song performed by others. Don't believe me? Why ya wanna be like that? Did you know she wrote "Take Good Care of My Baby?" Bobby Vee says thanks. The Beatles did "Chains"...also a Carole King goodie. King was the fuel in Little Eva's "Locomotion" and the queen-auther of abuse-denial when the Crystals sang "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)." Perhaps, she was the little girl that Donny Osmond told "Go Away, Little Girl."

And that doesn't include her own hits, like "You've Got a Friend," "A Natural Woman," "I Feel the Earth Move" or "So Far Away." 'Nuff 'bout that.

Today, the Battle for Blog Band Best is "It's Too Late."  My brudder, Stephen T. McCarthy suggested a link for the original to keep the contenders line-up clear in the minds of my peeps.  Shhhh...stay very still...I think I see a link to the original >> HERE.

Who dares battle the Queen of the Keys? Get ready to cast your vote.

CONTENDER #1:  AMY GRANT


Whoa! Sweet, innocent, Tennessee's own Amy Grant? That's hardly fair. How could she battle? Who can be an equal, but gentle...let's see...hmmm...I got it! How about a rain soaked soulful Cuban songstress with a bad back?  

CONTENDER #2:  GLORIA ESTEFAN


Now, all that is left is for you to use your superior skills and ear-holes to pick a winner. I'll come back on the 21st to total them up and give you the name of the Co-Queen...'cause no one puts Carol in the corner...

Check out the great battles from my pals and vote, vote, vote...that's a lie, you only get one per battle.




Flipping Out, Just For You,
Cherdo

25 comments:

  1. Both fabulous, Amy Grant by a raindrop.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Yeah, I like them both - thanks, parsnip!

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  2. Hi Cherdo! Better late than not at all, yes? This is such a great song and both contenders did a good job, BUT...Amy's version was too bland for my taste. Gloria gave it personality and drama, plus I like her voice much better, as well as the arrangement. Gloria all the way! Thanks.

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    1. Yay! A vote for Gloria!

      Thanks, Debbie! I'll do better next month.

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  3. This is a toss up. I'm going with Gloria Estefan for no particular reason.

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    1. No reason required. It's a free country and I'm crazy about your jobs. There wiggle room.

      Thanks, Mike!

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  4. Both are indeed lovely and Gloria has a bit of an edge I'd say. Greetings!

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    1. Alrighty then! A vote for Gloria!

      Thanks, Blogoratti!

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    1. Howdy, Holli! Hope all is well with you! Thanks!

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  6. Glad to see you made it after all, DOC MacSIS. I went to bed last night having given up on ya, only to wake up this morning and find... THIS!

    Great song and excellent Battle.

    Back in the prehistoric dark age of "Licorice Pizza" (LPs), I owned Carole King's 'TAPESTRY' album. She had a lot of really good songs, but my favorite was always 'SO FAR AWAY', with 'It's Too Late' coming in a close second.

    I had never heard either of these covers before. After my first listen to AMY GRANT I thought: No doubt I'll be voting for this one.

    But then less than halfway through Gloria Estefan's rendition I had changed my mind. However, I went back and listened to AMY GRANT one more time and changed my mind back again. (Now THAT'S when you know you've put together an excellent Battle!)

    Both recordings are top-notch, but Amy Grant's version is so nearly identical to Carole King's original that, to me, this Battle almost becomes Carole King versus Gloria Estefan. And in the end, I find I'm giving my vote to...

    CAROLE GRANT.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    [Link:) STMcC Presents 'Battle Of The Bands'

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    1. Okay, we are in synch once again. I love the song "So Far Away" and I first heard it when some chick that babysat us (not our regular gal) played the Tapestry album. I hadn't really gotten in to Carole King at that time, but it was the starting point. Afterwards, I became "Carole-aware" and realized she was everywhere…in a good way.

      CAROLE GRANT it is!

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  7. Tough one. I like Gloria Estafan's version but I have to say I like the horns in Amy Grant's better so she gets my vote. I closed my eyes so I wouldn't be influenced by the video. Thanks for the great battle!

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    1. You can't go wrong with me 'cause I like them both! LOL.

      Thanks, Janet!

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  8. Gloria Estafan did a pretty good job, but when I was listening to Amy Grant, I had to keep double checking that I wasn't listening to Carole King. That cover is spot on, and her voice matches almost perfectly. My vote goes for Amy Grant.

    ~Mary

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    1. Amy Grant has a great voice. When the Hubzam and I were dating, she was just getting into more "pop" music and I really like some of her hits, like "Next Time I Fall" and "Baby, Baby."

      Thanks, Mary!

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  9. I love Carole King. I sure know what you mean about her songs being the background track of life. I vote for Amy Grant because she has a little bit of that smoky sound in her voice on this one. Gloria Estefan sounds a little weak to me.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Good to see your name on the commenters, sweet Janie-poo! Hope all is well with you.
      Boy says howdy!

      Thanks for the Amy vote!

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  10. Great song with two strong contenders. Amy didn't take the song any further than where King took it so I'd say it's a fine cover, but not particularly notable other than being a highly professional and proficient recreation of the original.

    Gloria stays very true to the original as well though they have spiced up the background with some tasty instrumental work and catchy percussion work.

    I give my vote to Gloria.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Gloria Estefan was one of my favorite concerts. Also, one my friends frequently remind m of…when they played the conga song, I was staring at the stage from the fourth row…they shot off cannons full of confetti (a surprise to me) and I literally had confetti filling my eyes. The friends I was with nearly laughed themselves to death. Which was unfortunate for me, 'cause I needed help getting confetti out from under my eyelids. I don't hold it against her.

      Thanks, Lee!

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  11. Gloria all the way for me. I love her voice and the styling of the song kept my interest. Amy was good but it became background noise near the end

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    1. I like a person who is sure of their choice! Ha ha ha. Good to see you, Birgit! Thanks for the vote!

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  12. Hey! I didn't know you were back to battling!!! How did I miss this? I see you did one in July too? I had no idea. I'm so sorry. You probably thought me so rude to not come by and vote. Are you going to be a regular again? I'll be sure to add you to the list in my post next time.

    Cherdo, this is a fabulous battle. I love Carole King. "I Feel the Earth Move" is probably my fav Carole King song. She's a great songwriter too.
    As for "It's Too Late" and your contenders: both excellent. As soon as I heard Amy Grant's I figured she'd get my vote. She has such a strong voice and her sound is rich and deep. And then I'm listening to Gloria Estafan and I'm like, whoa, this is good too! I had to listen to both twice and I'm still undecided. I like Gloria's because hers is a little different, and lighter. But still, I think I'm pulled back to Amy Grant's powerful voice. So she's going to get my vote in this one. But this was a tough one.
    Excellent battle, my friend. So glad you're back at it, this BOTB thang...

    Michele at Angels Bark



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    1. I'm trying to get back to being MOI! Thanks for participating and I'm gonna post these results...keeping with the late theme here...

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  13. I'll be sure to add you to the list in my post next time.


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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo