Monday, August 31, 2015

Battle of the Bands: Don’t Turn Around

Time for Round #7 of Battle of the Bands!

Here’s how it works: I’ll be posting two versions of the same song and after you give a listen to each, place your vote for your favorite and reason for the way you voted in the comments section. I’ll tally the votes and post the results in another post 6 days later. The Battles take place on the 1st and 15th of each month, and the results will be posted on or around the 7th and 21st.  The other blogs participating in the Battle of the Bands are posting different battles (different songs), So once you’re done voting and commenting on my battle, take a moment to visit the other participants and vote & comment on their battles.  There are some really good battles going on!
I’m posting this a day early, as the 1st falls on a day that I don't typically post.

The Song:  "Don’t Turn Around"

Wikipedia tells us this:

"Don't Turn Around" is a popular song written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren. It was originally recorded by Tina Turner as the B-side to the single "Typical Male" in 1986. Warren is said to have been disappointed that Turner's record company treated the song as a B-side and never included it on one of her albums. However it has since been included on the rarities disc of the 1994 compilation The Collected Recordings – Sixties to Nineties.

The song has been covered by several artists, each putting their own spin on the song.  Today’s battle will be between the two that I feel are the closest in sound. Don’t forget to enter your vote in the comments below!

The First Contender:  Albert Hammond

While Tina Turner did the original recording, Albert Hammond was the co-writer along with Diane Warren.  This is his version

The Second Contender: Ace of Base

In 1993, Swedish pop group Ace of Base recorded a minor key version of "Don't Turn Around" for their US debut album, The Sign. It was also included on the re-release of Happy Nation the same year. The song reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the UK Singles Chart. Ace of Base filmed a music video, directed by Matt Broadley.

This is most likely the version of the song that the majority of you are familiar with.

Who will you choose?

Alright now, it’s time to cast your vote! In the comments, please enter who you are voting for and why you chose them.  Stay tuned, results will be posted on or around the 7th and 21st!

And don’t forget to visit these other battles going on today!

What does tomorrow bring?

Tune in to find out! 

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