Here's where you come in. I want you to vote for your favorite version by leaving a comment on that particular mini-compilations page. I want your friends to vote too.
- Download and listen to each mini-compilation as it comes out. "I Only Have Eyes For You" is the first. This is the second.
- Leave a comment telling me which cover version is your favorite on EACH mini-comp. Put your email in the comment.
- Once the last mini-comp is posted and I've got all votes in, I will do a random drawing.
- The person who is pulled in the random drawing will pick any album from my top-25 of 2012 list of albums. I will buy them a physical copy of that album in any format they choose (Digital, CD, Vinyl, or Cassette if it exists).
You HAVE to vote on your favorite song on EACH mini-comp to be eligible! I still have no votes on the previous, so lets get those in!
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Based on the Plaisir D'amour, Can't Help Falling In Love is a song of the most maudlin of arias. It was released as a b-side by Elvis in 1961 to little initial fanfare, save for a short stint at the UK billboard charts almost a year later. When Elvis began playing a much sloppier and fatter version in the 1970s to close his last tour people decided to finally pay attention. And then Elvis died on a toilet.
UB40's faux-reggae'd version is the version most people of my generation are familiar with; and it's honestly my favorite. Sure, it sounds like the 90's, but do does Pavement, so shuddup. Bob Dylan put his croaky spin on the song in 1973, and in 1992 Bono changed the key and did the unbelievable by recording a great song AFTER the Joshua Tree. I'm told that the Fleet Foxes cover on here was not actually done by Fleet Foxes but by a Fleet Foxes cover band. But for all intents and purposes it doesn't matter. If you have a problem with that just keep in mind there's also a cover by Japanese ska band Oi-Skall Mates from a Disney compilation. Because why not.
This mix is just as varied and wonderful as the last. Give it a listen and don't forget to vote on your favorite cover of the song!
2. Bob Dylan
4. Elvis Presley
5. Oi-Skall Mates
6. Fleet Foxes