The Power of Love, Gabrielle Aplin’s Version

Posted on January 26, 2013

Gabrielle AplinI love this version of the ‘Power of Love‘ by Gabrielle Aplin, but then I didn’t really have a problem with the Frankie Goes to Hollywood version either. Both of them were pretty good and it goes to show this particular track has legs.

There are quite a few records out there that carry the title ‘The Power of Love’ so things can get a little confusing. Jennifer Rush for example released her version of the song with the same title at around about the same time. Plus she got to number 1 in the UK after appearing on Top of the Pops. So don’t get the two mixed up.

How times change, Gabrielle Aplin’s version of the Power of Love, a Frankie Goes to Hollywood cover, got its boost by being featured in a John Lewis advert. Of course Top of the Pops no longer exists, but the power of television clearly still does, so in December 2012 when this version got to number 1 it was purely and simply as a result of that advert and the way it captured the imagination of the UK. It probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, there will be plenty that think the Frankie Goes to Hollywood version is far superior, but at the end of the day it is down to personal taste. My personal preference is this latest cover by Gabrielle.

The Frankie Goes to Hollywood version was released in 1984 as the 3rd of the singles released from the album Welcome to the Pleasuredom which, if memory serves me correctly, also features the single Relax which caused a bit of a stir back in its time and was I believe banned from being played on the BBC. Don’t think it would cause that much trouble today if re-released, even with the images that accompanied it and got it banned in the first place.

The UK’s Favourite ABBA Song – The Winner Takes it All

Posted on May 12, 2012

There was a time when your average heterosexual male would never admit to being a big ABBA fan, although they probably wouldn’t have minded admitting that Agnetha and Anni-Frid were two very attractive ladies, despite the rather strange apparel that they used to wear all those years ago in the seventies. In fact I think from memory Agnetha was voted rear of the year, or whatever the equivalent was back then, for having a very nice bottom. And rightly so. They actually won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, the year I left school and were instantly acclaimed as Sweden’s most successful band.

The band broke up in 1982 after 10 years of huge success and millions of records sold world wide. But it was through film that interest in the band was resurrected, the 2 most memorable were Muriel’s Wedding and of course the film that really brought them back to world stardom Mamma Mia! . It was Meryl Streep singing ‘The Winner Takes it All’ as she headed to the church for her daughters wedding that reminded me just how great a song this was. Reaffirmed just recently when it was voted as Britain’s favourite ABBA record of all time on UK TV. Hence the reason it is the featured video.

I actually think Meryl Streep’s version was a very credible cover and was surprised to find out that she is actually a very talented singer. Really can’t say the same about Pierce Brosnan who in truth probably did the song a favour by not participating in the vocals. Although Meryl Streep swears that she fed off his acting acumen during the performance to give the song her best shot. Well if she says so, who am I to question it?

I have to admit however that yes we do have a copy of the film Mamma Mia tucked away for those days when you need a bit of a feel good movie to lift the spirits, which it never fails to do incidentally, but we have also been the proud owners of two of ABBA’s greatest hits albums ABBA – Gold: Greatest Hits and of course More ABBA Gold for many years now. My personal favourite is the first one, not sure why but that is the one that gets the most airings in our house. Although if you take a look at the track listing you can sort of see why it would be.

Anyway there it is, I have said it now recorded in the annals of music blogs for all to see. I am an ABBA fan and some 40 years later I still love them and their reincarnation via the Mamma Mia stage musical and film. So there!

ABBA – Gold

1. Dancing Queen
2. Knowing Me, Knowing You
3. Take A Chance On Me
4. Mamma Mia
5. Lay All Your Love On Me
6. Super Trouper
7. I Have A Dream
8. The Winner Takes It All
9. Money, Money, Money
10. S.O.S.
11. Chiquitita
12. Fernando
13. Voulez Vous
14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
15. Does Your Mother Know
16. One Of Us
17. The Name Of The Game
18. Thank You For The Music
19. Waterloo