Thursday, November 09, 2006

Ella Fitzgerald Sings Loch Lomond

This is either inspired or grotesque - or, more likely, both at the same time. Ella could fairly swing, but some songs just aren't made to swing and An Spailpín gets the feeling that the Bonny, Bonny Banks is one of the them. Although Noel Coward did record a wonderful swinging version of the old song, to give him his credit. It was easier keep a straight face with Coward's version, because the man was as a camp as halting site so you expected unusual stuff from him, and he only had a piano accompaniment. It's the brass with underlying pibroch motif that's curdling An Spailpín's blood.

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