Thursday, August 11, 2011

1000 SONGS - DAY 99: SONG # 129

DAY 99: A Song That You Can Dance To

Love Potion #9 is a song as old as me; as many other great tunes it was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It has been interpreted by many musicians (including the notorious White Stripes) in a wide variety of styles, the best-known version maybe being that of the Searchers (not featured here). What follows, is a collection of recordings of the song from 1959-1993 (altough the latter one sounds like having been recorded in 1963 or so), starting with the "original version" by the Clovers from 1959:

The version I like most has been recorded in 1971 by the Rhythm & Blues Aces The Coasters:

There is an instrumental version done by the legendary Ventures. Not bad:

Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass have done an instrumental version in the same year (1965), albeit in a different style, big points 4 being cool:

Reminiscent of Merseyside and the Hamburg-Beatles-Sound, the Version by The Kaisers from 1993 really rocks:

Finally, a version by Enoch Light and his Orchestra, as featured on Discotheque Dance Dance Dance Volume 2 (1965), from the beginning of the Disco-Era, no comment on that one :-)

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