Monday, 21 September 2015

TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS & HOLD ME...



When this duet was recorded, JIM REEVES
had been dead for about 16 years.  Ain't technology
wonderful?  The burd is DEBORAH ALLEN.

8 comments:

Phil said...

This brings up the whole case of bringing dead actors to life. We've seen them in ads. I saw Michael Douglas impersonate himself but younger. Will we see a sequel to Casblanca with all dead actors?

Kid said...

I think it'll happen one day, Phil (dead actors being revived by CGI), even if it's only for one movie to try out the technology.

Phil said...

I think I saw that movie it was Attack of the Clones.

Kid said...

Never seen it, Phil. Hey, imagine new James Bond movies with a CGI Sean Connery. That'd be interesting.

Colin Jones said...

These duets between living and dead singers borders on the creepy in my opinion. I can think of several examples over the years - there was a duet between Natalie Cole and her father Nat King Cole, also Celine Dion and Frank Sinatra and a few years ago a duet of 'White Christmas' with Bing Crosby and Bryn Terfel. I don't see the point of them, they're just gimmicky and implies that the living artist isn't good enough to carry the song on their own.

Kid said...

You don't half have some daft opinions sometimes, CJ. The point of those duets is to give a particular song by a specific artist continued airplay on the radio and, hopefully, new life in the charts. In the case of Jim Reeves, many of his songs have had the old musical accompaniment wiped, and a more contemporary sound added to them so that a new audience will respond to them when they hear them on the radio. Adding another voice is just another step in that process, and it's not as weird as it may seem. After all, many contemporary duets by live artists are recorded without both of them being in the recording studio at the same time. Their parts are recorded separately and then mixed together at the editing stage. Whether the time between both singers recording their parts is two weeks or sixteen years makes no difference in my opinion - it's the result that counts.

Colin Jones said...

Kid, I'm not really a fan of duets anyway because i always find that one of the singers is much better than the other and I'd just rather hear the better one. Sometime both are excellent like Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond's 'You Don't Bring me Flowers'. And I still think a duet between a living and dead artist is creepy and gimmicky, so there.

Kid said...

Ouch! That's me told! It's a business, CJ, and the order of the day is to make money. Putting two singers together that would probably have done a duet if alive (like Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline) seems like a clever idea to me. It's the musical equivalent of Marvel's 'What If...?' comic. And 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers' is a crap song. (So there.)

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