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Cher's Dancing Queen

Discussion in 'Music' started by Alexis, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. Alexis

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    Is nobody gonna talk about this? It's amazing. It's all kinds of things I never thought I needed. Cher, singing ABBA songs... I mean, that's some magic. Gay Magic!

    I love it... It's just everything I need in my life right now. Her version of The Name Of The Game, is the pop diva cover I always wanted. Her Winner Takes It All drags ABBA heart wrencher to the dance floor.

    Her version of One Of Us is a thing of beauty. SOS and Gimme! Gimmie! Gimmie! Shimmer and shimmy like a pride parade at poppers oclock!

    I need to have everyone listen to and love this piece of unashamedly amazingly camptastic glitterati.

    Discuss....
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    Well, I really love the album cover - very creative.




    I haven't heard any of the music to comment.
     
  3. Alexis

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    We can kick off with this...


    And then...


    And...
     
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  4. Alexis

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    But this..
     
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    Yeah, I figured I would like Gimme Gimme Gimme because it's almost impossible to do it wrong. So, not really a massive accomplishment.
    Eh...no.
    Nooooooo!
    OK-ish.
     
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    I think Chiquitita is the best cover version. Was it in the movie?
     
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    She only did Fernando and Super Trouper (along with Meryl and the entire cast) in the movie.

     
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    These ABBA songs can never be topped. As created they are wonderful pieces of music. No cover will ever be as good. I think Cher just had fun doing the songs. The vocals are impressive for her age now, but they will never top ABBA's at their peak.
    The productions isn't as great as it could be either, likely due to the push to get the album out to ride on the films coattails. However I don't care, I never knew I needed a Cher ABBA cover album until I heard it.
    I have always loved her voice, and am a big ABBA fan. To have her voice sing some of their songs is a real gift to me.
     
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  9. Alexis

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    I don't love the Despacitio drums that have made their way on to this one, but I still enjoy the song over all.
     
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    I'm kind of puzzled by this. Since you like a lot of those faceless/nameless disco/dance covers of already popular songs by successful artists.
    Also it's Cher.
     
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    Right now my favorite track on the album is The Winner Takes It All. I'd love a 7th Heaven or Almighty remix of this one.
     
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    I'll explain.
    Those disco/house/hi-nrg covers have a specific purpose: to remake a popular song (no matter what genre) for the dancefloor.
    It's a dancetune first, then an ABBA song.

    The vocals don't have to be very good or respectful to the original material, as long as it doesn't sound excruciatingly awful.
    Some might think this cover version of the Bacharach & David classic is an utter disgrace.

    Doesn't matter, it was a club smash in some parts of Europe.


    Maybe it's a stretch to call "Dancing Queen" a standards album, nevertheless it's Cher singing ABBA songs.
    I'm not one of those crazy psycho-bitch fans who thinks that the songs by his favourite artists are "sacred" and "cannot be touched".
    Cher is a great performer and I clicked on those videos with an open mind, I simply don't like what I hear.
     
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    I would have preferred she took more time with it and did maybe 14 songs, including Lay All Your Love On Me, and perhaps a couple more obscure songs. The production could be better in parts but for what it is I love it. That Cher is still releasing pop at her age is a delight to me.
     
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    There's an extended mix (7:25) of Gimme Gimme Gimme, but I'm sure there are more remixes to come.

    I've listened to YouTube clips again, and I've adjusted my opinion a little bit.
    Her voice is starting to age (understandably) and somehow that works for "One Of Us".
    I think I could really like a 7th heaven remix of S.O.S. - maybe it's the rather unimaginative production of this album that irks me the most.

    Oh...how odd. This is how a slower version of SOS sounds like:

    Wow, that sounds like the classic Cher magic!
     
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    It sounds gorgeous...
     
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    It seems to me she's only singing in a lower register, the tempo the same as the official HD audio. Meaning, I don't think the earlier posted version was a little chipmunkified. I do prefer the lower register.
    ABBA songs were a biggish part of my life at one point. I've only listened to YT music clips of the movie-recorded version (plus part of each track here). Heard her sing Fernando and thought she was struggling a bit, in part because of aging vocal cords. I think she's a real trooper to have taken on a whole album of songs, but this one's not my cuppa.
     
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    It's very easy to alter the vocals without changing the BPM.
    Compare this to the cover version of Gimme Gimme Gimme I have posted in message #12.
     
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    Do you mean by altering the pitch? How's that done without altering the octave?
     
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    I like the extended mix, but it's not hitting the spot the way a good remix would.

    She's released four singles. I'm surprised there haven't been any remixes yet.
     
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    I don't think they are actual singles. I think there have only been 2 singles. Then 2 instant grat tracks.
     

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