Some of the Greats

Sometimes a song is Great because of who performs it and sometimes because it just has lyrics that strike a chord with a wide audience. What follows are songs I consider Great for one reason or another or possibly both. I’m going to start with a group that perfected songs that had cross generational appeal. This group came from Australia and the lead singer Judith Durham was a treat for the eyes and ears, having a beautiful clear voice. 1965 song…………

The Seekers- The Carnival is Over. 1965

From 1970 I bring you one of the most recognisable names in the music world with one of their memorable releases of that year. They also released Cecilia and El Condor Pasa the same year. This one is covered by the rule of who sang it and by the brilliant lyrics.

Bridge over Troubled Water- S & G

This progression takes us next to 1972 and though I can’t claim brilliance because of singer or lyrics particularly, it’s great because it has the great Roy Wood (Wizzard) and it has a fantastic title. To my ears it’s a little reminiscent of the Beatles but nevertheless this particular sound belongs to ELO, the Electric Light Orchestra.

ELO-10538 Overture. 1972

As night follows day 1991 is next. For all my age giving me the benefit of some of the greatest groups and sounds from the 60’s to now, none have achieved what our next guests have.. They were the greatest group with the greatest ever lead singer and the greatest lyrics to any number of great songs. This is a real favourite of mine so keep the tissues handy please. From the album Innuendo this song always blows me away.

Queen-These were the days of our lives. 1991 From Innuendo.

To finish our session and to show I’m not an old fuddy duddy we go to 2011. Believe it or not I do have a choice of up to date artistes I consider special but with this one I’m displaying what I think are great lyrics. I think they were written for a vampire film but even that can’t remove the sweetness. So here we have Christina Perri with A Thousand Years.

Christina Perri- A Thousand Years .2011

Have the best weekend you can. If you need a hug you’ve only to ask one of us but if you have hug to spare keep your eyes open for the needy. Manners say you must ask first if it’s acceptable though virtual ones should be OK.

About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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46 Responses to Some of the Greats

  1. I “get” Freddie. I feel the same. I wouldn’t clain to be a Queen fan, but this track…

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  2. Clive says:

    A toss up for me this week for a favourite, David, between Queen and S&G. Both songs are beautiful, and BOTW was an incredible album. I saw the ELO in my first term at uni, autumn 1972. Not well attended, Roy Wood had already left the band, a roadie spent most of the gig fighting a losing battle at holding Bev Bevan’s drum kit down, and when they got to the end, having only played for about 40 minutes, they announced that they didn’t have any more songs so did 10538 again as their encore. From such inauspicious beginnings…

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  3. Keith says:

    David, nice mix. I had not heard “The Seekers'” song. It was lovely. I am a huge fan of ELO, Queen, and Simon and Garfunkel. The Christina Perri song is a quin-essential torch song. Her voice lifts a very good song to even greater heights with its reminiscing feel. Keith

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m surprised about the Seeker’s song Keith but we all seem to have these little gaps when our attention was elsewhere. I’m happy to bring it to your attention now, I seem to have made a clean sweep this week which is wonderful. especially with a fairly new one there. I’m glad I didn’t go wrong.
      Hugs

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  4. Now I’m all weepy . . .

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  5. I couldn’t have picked better songs, David. These are all groups that I have loved forever and the songs are terrific. Thanks. Hugs

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  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Music is one of those great gifts that continue to give. It is remarkable how some pieces can be so different from one another and yet so enjoyable in their own way. Today, I love three of your tunes: Bridge Over Troubled Water, 10538 Overture, and A Thousand Years. The ELO tune is so distinct from the other two, yet all are pleasing to the ear.

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    • davidprosser says:

      It’s strange how some tunes just resonate with you. Maybe you hear them on the day you get good news or your first child is born. Perhaps on the day your girlfriend breaks up with you, though it depends on whether you’re pleased about that. I think the Queen one became so special as it was the last one Freddie did before he died.. Anyway, I happy with 3 out of 5.
      Hugs

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  7. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Here are some great tracks for your Saturday night listening pleasure with iconic songs from Queen, ELO, Christina Perri,Simon & Garfunkel and The Seekers… take a dance down memory lane with David Prosser.

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  8. They are all amazing, I remembered 1000 years but not the name of the artist… Christina Perri has a wonderful voice and love the song.. thanks David another great week..xxxhugsxxx

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  9. alexcraigie says:

    I didn’t know the last one but they’re all great choices. I have all of Judith Durham’s albums, I think, including a Christmas one – her voice is mesmerising. I must still listen to Bridge Over Troubled Water several times a year. Each track is in a different musical style and there’s not a dud amongst them. As for Queen, I did need the tissues. Thanks for a great selection, David.

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thank you so much Alex. You have great taste and have added a new one now, S & G made music that never leaves us. I have fun on Youtube listening to ‘Reactions’. Young people being played a piece of music from my era that they’ve never heard of, Their reactions to Art’s voice and the lyrics of the songs is fantastic. You’re right, no duds. Poor Freddie looked so ill in that song. It’s heartbreaking.
      Hugs Galore

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      • alexcraigie says:

        His weight loss was painful to see but that beautiful voice and the song itself are incredibly moving. it must have been hard for the others after more than two decades together. Hugs and thanks.

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      • davidprosser says:

        Yes, It must be almost like a marriage, in close proximity to one another for so long. They always seemed to be close.
        Huge Hugs

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  10. noelleg44 says:

    Got some of my favorites here, David. Woo hoo! Who doesn’t like Queen???

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  11. Well choosen, David! Thank you very much, and enjoy a wonderful Sunday! xx Michael

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  12. Suzassippi says:

    I loved this week’s mix, David. While the name The Seekers sounds familiar, I do not recall this song. Pretty sure we did not hear air time on Australian music much in Graham, (northwest) Texas. All the others were either faves at the time, or songs I came to appreciate later, with the exception of Christini Perri’s A Thousand Years. It is beautiful and haunting, but I never watched the Twilight Series as I have never been into vampire stories. Thank you for introducing me to her, though, and even if a vampire story, it is indeed a captivating song.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the mix. The Seekers had many hits so perhaps you’ve heard some of the others. I never saw the Twilight series either, and never needed to crack the Fangs very much jokes. The song was recommended to me by my daughter who thought I might appreciate the sentiment. I did. It’s nice to think you may pass that on to someone else.
      Enjoy your Sunday.
      Gigantic Hugs

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  13. Wonderful line up, David. The only song and artist I wasn’t familiar with was Christina Perri. What a beautiful voice and song. She’s now on my playlist! Thanks for the fabulous music to start my day.

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  14. No particular picks on this one, David; all good for me. ELO doesn’t often turn up in my personal collections but Freddy ALWAYS does! Oh, and Judith, so soon forgotten – those were the best days of song. Y’all have a great week now! Hugs

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  15. acflory says:

    A nice selection, David. I hadn’t heard the Queen song before, but I like it. Cheers. 🙂

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