Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Favourite Cover Versions...Part 8
Originally written for, and recorded by, Nina Simone in '64, "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is best known by most people for the classic '65 recording by The Animals. The lyrics almost feel as though they could have been written for The Animals and their version is, for me, the definitive one. Starting off with a great guitar/organ combo before Eric Burdon's impassioned vocals pull you in, they took one hell of a song and completely transformed it into one of their own that surpassed the original. There is a very good reason why Eric Burdon is considered to have one of the most soulful, powerful voices in rock and it's there for all to hear in the raw power of "Misunderstood"
I don't do karaoke but if I did this is one of the songs I would like to get up and sing. I done karaoke once at a house party a few years ago and literally had everyone come in from all the other rooms, but sadly not for the right reasons. I did try out singing for a few bands years ago but strangely enough it never got past the first rehearsal. One can but dream....
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood