The Power of Love, Gabrielle Aplin’s VersionPosted on January 1, 2013
I 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 1Blurred Lines Featuring Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams. Read more ... » in the UK after appearing on Top of the PopsSandie Shaw - Always Something There To Remind Me (1969). Read more ... ». 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.