On the Only Solitaire site there were some reviews of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals. It inspired me to listen to some renditions of Evita and I noticed that I found most performances so awful it ruined the songs for me. I was thinking of Patti LuPone's rendition of Don't Cry For Me Argentina, which is quite acclaimed and famous. That was the main offender for me, but there are versions of Elaine Paige, Madonna, Karen Carpenter around that are also all bad compared to Julie Covington's original rendition.
I had some additional thoughts on this, but they were a bit muddy, so I'm leaving it at this. I'm mostly curious about the role of vocal performance in how much we like music. Intuitively I would never want bands like the Kinks and Beatles - or Bob Dylan - to have had different vocalists (despite their imperfections), but maybe that's just because they write and perform music suited to them. In any case, I thought it was an interesting subject.
P.S. I was looking at your Procol Harum reviews and in the Grand Hotel entry you constantly refer to Niles Crane from Frasier as Niles Krane. I found that surprisingly distracting, as a lifelong Frasier fan. :)
Also, reading John's complaints about Gary Brooker's voice inspired me to actually write this post, since I was wondering how Procol Harum would sound like if Peter Gabriel was a band member. ^^
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