Sunday, June 17, 2012

100 Cover Versions #44: Leela James covers 'A Change is Gonna Come' by Sam Cooke

Leela James released her debut album A Change is Gonna Come in 2005. It had four singles which included her version of Don't Speak by No Doubt. My favourite song on that album was her cover version of A Change is Gonna Come. It was originally recorded by Sam Cooke in 1964. 

Here are two videos featuring her version of that song. The first is the studio version that was heard on her self titled album.

and the second is Leela singing at an outdoor concert in Los Angeles in 2011. Her intro to the song is particularly lovely and heartfelt. As ever thank you to the person who was there and uploaded this video on Youtube.


In my list of my favourite songs from the past decade Wonderful Life by Hurts is high in that list. I think it's just a little work of art. Here is another mix by Robin Skouteris which uses the original and M.A.D.mixes of Wonderful Life with the songs Rain by Brainbug and also violin by Heli Kivisto.

The Gang Bang Theory - Madonna Vs Nancy Sinatra

Robin Skouteris has teamed up with Pat Scott and their collaboration is The Gang Bang Theory which mixes Gang Bang by Madonna with Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) by Nancy Sinatra and also uses music clips from You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi and Bodies by Drowning Pool. The video for The Gang Bang Theory is by Panos T and it mixes scenes from Kill Bill with Madonna's video for What It Feels Like for a Girl

Regular readers of this blog will know how much I love the work of Robin Skouteris but his work really is at it's best when he collaborates with Panos T. Both of their editing skills just gets better and better. I always feel like the music artists were in the studio together when I hear Robin's mixes and likewise with Panos T he is just a wizard at what he does. They never do what might be the obvious thing to do and that's what makes them brilliant.

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) is one of the all time best pop records. It's was orginally recorded by Cher in 1966 and Nancy covered it in the same year. It's just timeless, her version is beautiful in a wonderfully dark way. Robin has used Madonna's songs in several of his previous mixes but I think this is one of his most creative to date.