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OK, I'm about to blow some people away, I know. And nobody is more confused or horrified than I am regarding what I'm about to say.

Fact is, I heard the Donny Osmond recorded version of DDIO last night and being absolutely, painfully objective about it, I have to say I LOVE it. (In making this determination I asked myself, had I heard this and not known the name of the person who was doing it, would I like it and want to know who did it, and the answer was yes.)

He included enough musical homage to the original version to bring back echoes of the original (ie. kept the Hammond solo intact and the Maori strum, guitar solo), but added some more modern and (for lack of a better term) new-agey instrumentation and licks to give it enough of his own style that it was a new, hip version of an old favorite. The vocal nuances where he played with the melody were not over the top, but done at appropriate and believable times.

(Speaking as a keyboardist, I have to say if I were covering DDIO I'd do a lot of the same things done on this track, a lot of the breathy flute-oriented stuff for rhythm.)

The single most important test for me in judging any DDIO cover (and Sixpence failed this, btw...) is how intensely they capture the chord coming out of the guitar solo, into the third verse. That chord adds SO MUCH to this song, and on so many levels, that to simplify it is to do a major disservice to the song. Donny Osmond's version not only wisely perceived that the chord was more complex than a simple C-sharp major, but he added this absolutely GHOSTLY guitar slide thing in there, in two-part harmony. This showed me, unequivocably, that the producer understood and respected the soul of the original song. It's like, YES! He KNEW!

You hear some covers and may be like, "that guy doesn't deserve to sing that song." But in this case, he totally does. It's embarrassing to admit, but he does. Now whether I like it enough to buy the CD is a different question I can't answer yet. Wink
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Wow! Thanks Heidi for the info. I'm not sure what to think. I don't hate Donny Osmond or anything, I just have a hard time thinking what in the world this sounds like with him on lead vocal. Do you have any info on where one could find a copy of this version i.e. Which one of his CD's is it on or has it been released as a single anywhere? I'd almost consider buying it just for the curiosity aspect of it all!

GOBIV
I heard it at Borders Books...he has a new CD out of cover tunes from the 70's and 80's called "Somewhere in Time," so I'm doubting that he's releasing anything as a single.

I'm getting eerily curious to see what on earth made the guy want to cover Crowded House, the Eurythmics, Air Supply and Hall & Oates all on the same album, and to see whether the latter two's selections will even somehow be made suddenly palatable!?!?! I wonder whether he chose songs he liked or whether someone came up with a bunch of great new arrangements that just really suit his voice...in either case, it's an intriguing exercise. I haven't heard any of the other tracks, I only listened to DDIO but was oddly impressed.
They had the television on in the break room yesterday morning, and I was standing just outside the room talking to my boss. I heard the song, and I stopped mid-sentence and turned to the TV, squinting (left my glasses on my desk) to see if my ears were deceiving me, and there, to my abject horror was....(oh, ick!) Donny Osmond singing DDIO. ARGHHHHHHHH! Maybe it's a generational thing, but Donny was a little bit too late for me to be any sort of musical inspiration. I guess we should be glad that someone thought enough of the song to do the cover...

vch
...Hey, lighten up on Donnie. He lived in Chicago back in the 90's for 3 or 4 years doing Joseph and I heard him say in an interview what a fan of CH he was. His style is WAY different than Neil's, but at least he is doing his part to get the Finn music out to the public....he recorded a few years back selections from "Rent" that kinda freaked me out, too, but...he's Donnie Freakin Osmond!!! He is 100% nice and looks good for a 46 year old...it would be like hating your brother for singing a Finn song!
i heard a sample on amazon, and i was not impressed. i would normally appreciate people covering DDIO, getting it out there, spreading the good word, etc., but i got tired of that after paul young and sixpence none the richer. all these covers sound the same. nobody seems to even realize that it's a SAD SONG. SAD SONG people!!! Not appropriate for a disney soundtrack, as some of these covers would have me think.

I guess I have no choice but to do it myself.

Cool
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Originally posted by stepinmyshoes:
[qb]i heard a sample on amazon, and i was not impressed. i would normally appreciate people covering DDIO, getting it out there, spreading the good word, etc., but i got tired of that after paul young and sixpence none the richer. all these covers sound the same. nobody seems to even realize that it's a SAD SONG. SAD SONG people!!! Not appropriate for a disney soundtrack, as some of these covers would have me think.

I guess I have no choice but to do it myself.

Cool [/qb]
That's exactly what I have been thinking.. Especially since I heard the sixpence version, why did they have to raise everything by a semitone? Well, probably to suit the singer's voice, which isn't really appropriate for this song anyway.
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nobody seems to even realize that it's a SAD SONG. SAD SONG people!!!
Oh, I think you're falling into the same trap as the cover artists: you're selling the song a little short. It's not just a sad song. It's a sad song with an underlying sense of hope. Not only that, but the sense of hope is complex -- it seems as if Neil is simultaneously asking for reassurance while trying to reassure the listener. At any rate, there's a melancholy longing that no one (except Neil) has been able to express. That being said, I don't hate any of the various cover versions, but I wouldn't even insult Neil by comparing them to the original. The covers are nice songs; the original is a musical masterpiece.
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Yeah, I know exactly what you're saying, it's impossible to capture it the same way as the original, but I still feel like they could have gotten a little closer, cause they all just sound neutral, I wouldn't even say they just had the underlying sense of hope and forgot the sadness. On the other hand, thinking I can do it myself might result in another DDIO cover that doesn't even come close to the original, but
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[qb]mp3s to be provided and soon I hope, step... Wink [/qb]
well i guess i have to put something behind my words now. Razzer itll have to wait till after christmas, cause i have to do finals now and general hecticness ensues.
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Originally posted by stepinmyshoes:
[qb]well i guess i have to put something behind my words now. Razzer itll have to wait till after christmas, cause i have to do finals now and general hecticness ensues.[/qb]
Good luck with it! If your cover of love you 'til the day i die was anything to go by, we're in for a real treat, although I can't see you topping the version Deb uploaded - now that is a version you can compare to any Neil Finn version, especially the classic acoustic one from St. James, Auckland. Smiler
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although I can't see you topping the version Deb uploaded - now that is a version you can compare to any Neil Finn version
IMO, it would be an ridiculously unfavorable comparison. The lead is good for the most part, but he is certainly not in Neil's league. There are some parts that bugged me (sorry, can't think of them now, except the end parts we're great). Not that I'm saying the cover isn't good -- it is. I also sang in an acapella group that covered DDIO. (It was pretty bad ... as much as I love the guy who sang lead, he couldn't cut it.) I realize how hard it is to perform that song. In fact, I'll jump into the realm of absolutes and say it's impossible for anyone to sing it in a way that would come close to Neil's. IMNSHO, of course.

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