18 December, 2008

The Sound of Silence - As You've Never Heard It

I'm having one of my gallops through the playlists sites looking for new music with which to feed my Muse, and I have discovered one of the most awesome things evah. I never expected the monks who did Chant to start doing covers of popular rock songs, and when I found out they were I expected it to be teh suck.

But I clicked anyway. And, damn.

The Sound of Silence - Gregorian

Gorgeous, isn't it? Fair left me gasping in awe, that did. But then, I'm a sucker for the big, rich sounds.

Of course, the original is still classic:

The Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel - one of the greatest gifts my dad ever gave me. We used to sing The Boxer together. Well, we used to sing them all together - and until you've heard a bullfrog and a treefrog singing Bridge Over Troubled Waters, you'll have no way to imagine what that was like.

One more for ye. Way back before the Intertoobz made it possible to look things up, I'd only heard a friend describe what it was like to hear Queensryche cover Scarborough Fair. "The original's like a fall day," he said, "a little bit melancholy, kind of nostalgic. Well, the Queensryche version's like a winter-blasted hillside and it's suicidally depressing."

Well, with a description like that, I absolutely had to have it. I spent years trying to find the single it was the B side to. Now, with the magic of the interwebz, I can let you have a listen right this minute:

Scarborough Fair (2002 Digital Remaster) - Queensryche

Dark and delicious. Just the thing for a cold winter night.

1 comment:

RBH said...

Man, that version of Scarborough Fair elicits some strange vague feelings of deja vu. I'll be damned if I can figure out where or when, but I know I was there once.