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Awhile back I made a post about a song I was kind of obsessed with. Mad World.
(The post with links to countless cover versions.)

Here we go again... :)

I just stumbled across a live John Cale rendition (with string quartet no less) of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (original)
Here's a studio version by John Cale as well; no string quartet though.

The interesting part is that most of the covers you've heard of this song are more closely linked to Cale's version from the early 90's, not Cohen's original.

Cohen live
Jeff Buckley, relatively famous rendition.
Rufus Wainwright, made famous by Shrek's soundtrack.
Espen Lind, Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes, Kurt Nilsen together. (Quite good)
Imogen Heap, beautiful minimalist take. (Vunderbar, listen!)
trancey electronica/guitar, slow start but good.
Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris (pretty good)
K.D. Lang (not bad)
Bon Jovi (meh)
Some random kid with an accent I can't place, great multi-track solo cover.
Regina Spektor, terrible quality sound, great performance with cello, maybe viola.
KERMIT! Well, someone pretending to be. Pretty convincing. :)
Adele Cosco (operatic, not for me.)
Obligatory terrible metal version

(It's a favorite cover on X-Factor and American Idol type shows, search them if you want 'em.)

Some Remixes:
Progressive house remix of Imogen Heap's take, quite good.
Another remix of Imogen Heap, not bad.
euro-techno take (meh)
Oontzy dance remix (meh)
8-bit take. (meh)
Ouch. (Masochists only)

Now that your ears are bleeding, go listen to Cohen's again. :)

Date: 2012-01-22 04:42 pm (UTC)
coraline: (Default)
From: [personal profile] coraline
...i'm pretty sure that's john cale, not john cage.
(john cage would have been more interesting :)

Date: 2012-01-22 04:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] muffyjo
I find the Kermit version strangely disturbing. Something about the topic of Kermit being seduced, having his hair cut (hair?) and ...hmm....well, maybe it's not that off topic after all. ;) I didn't watch the video long enough...did Miss Piggy seduce him and steal his, er, um, hallelujia?

K.D. Lang's version was one of my favorites. I got to see her sing it in concert and that woman may be the one to change my chemistry. Just sayin'.

I have to say, I like your taste in music that gets stuck in your brain. Both songs are ones that have struck home for me as well.

Date: 2012-01-22 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I found the kid with accent multi-track version oddly moving.

Thank you for these! (I love this song, despite it being overplayed these days.)

Date: 2012-01-22 10:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The best version of this I've ever heard was when Ray Greene (local wedding band entrepreneur) did it with a guitarist at a Haiti benefit we played a couple of years ago. He had previously been unfamiliar with the tune but it had been a request, so he stood up on the almost empty stage of Somerville Theatre with a sheet of lyrics and KILLED IT. I thought I was going to jump out of my skin and burst into tears at the same time. It was... um... life changing.


Date: 2012-01-23 03:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drwex
Now I'm crying at my keyboard. This song is one of my all-time favorites, despite being overplayed near-to-death. Leonard Cohen does that to me, in general, but this one in particular.

Do you mind if I link to your post in one of my music blog entries?


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