woensdag 16 december 2009

Same Song, Different Name

I recently discovered "Heart Trouble" by the Welsh band "Eyes of Blue" on this fantastic compilation of rare 60's beat, freakbeat, RnB, psych & soul, called "Go Gear! vol.5" (released on a label called "13th Dimension").
When I heard it for the first time I immediately fell in love with the song.

The original single was released in 1967.
Sadly there's not a whole lot of information to be found on the internet about this group.

As I first listened to the tune I noticed that the lyrics sounded familiar to me, and not much later it came to me: Funkadelic's "You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure" from the band's "Cosmic Slop"-album (released in '73) has taken a good bit of the lyrics of this song.

After some more searching I found out that the original tune was written by the Parliaments and released in 1965, two years before the release of Eyes Of Blues' version.

The Parliaments, who's style at that time would be best described as Northern Soul, would later on turn into Parliament and Funkadelic; two bands consisting of the same members, recording for different labels, and as we all know, were the main performers of the soul- and funk subgenre known as P-Funk. So that's were it all comes together...

Have a listen to all three tunes, they are equally great:

Eyes Of Blue- Heart Trouble:

The Parliaments- Heart Trouble:

Funkadelic- You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure:

PS. Later on George Clinton did another solo version of "Heart Trouble" which is just too awful to post here...

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