Friday, 20 May 2011

Top 5 versions of "Sea Of Love"

Sea of Love is one of those special songs for me, one that can capture my interest whoever has recorded it. Phil Phillips original was a doo-wop hit in 1959 but Cat Power's version from her suitably named "Covers" album in 2000 turned it into a staggeringly fragile torch song and turned me onto the music of Chan Marshall. I still don't know a great deal about the Derby born Kevin Coyne but his version takes the song on a soulful blues trip whilst Horace Andy ups the tempo with a brilliant Reggae groove. Finally there's Tom Waits unique vocal style on the version that appeared on the Al Pacino film of the same name.

Plenty of other versions, including Iggy Pop, The Honeydrippers, Marty Wilde and Shakin' Stevens, on this Spotify playlist.

1. Cat Power (from 2000 Covers album)

Photo by Stefano Giovanni

2. Phil Philips & The Twilights (from 1959 single)

3. Kevin Coyne (b-side to 1973 single Lovesick Fool)

4. Horace Andy (from 1997 compilation The Prime of Horace Andy)

5. Tom Waits (from 1989 Sea Of Love film soundtrack)


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