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.

Sandie Shaw – Always Something There To Remind Me (1969)

Posted on January 22, 2012

It was a bit strange playing this first video as Sandie Shaw was introduced by the late Sir Jimmy Saville when he was one of the resident DJ’s on Top of the Pops way back in the 60’s. He almost looked normal, well apart from his trademark bleached blonde hair, mingling with the crowds back then. But it was the start of the seventies and normal wasn’t really normal during that decade. A bit unfortunate then that the video cuts short, so I have had to put another, full length, version on for Sandie Shaw fans who are keen to see the whole performance. That is the full size video below.

Poor old Jimmy may have given up the ghost, but Sandie Shaw certainly hasn’t and I have seen a couple of recent performances from her on UK TV where you might be forgiven for thinking it was a recording from the seventies, both for the quality of the performance and the appearance of our Sandie, who really didn’t look a lot different. But then I am knocking on a bit now, so the eyesight could be failing a bit.

Anyway, it is another 60’s classic and a wonderful record, it wasn’t all bad in the 60’s and 70’s clearly. Hope you enjoy it.