and originally recorded by Nino Tempo
and April Stevens. An English vocal duo
called Twice As Much teamed up with
rising singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan,
also of the UK, on a version recorded
in 1966 and released on a 1968 album.
Famed falsetto Lou Christie and an
uncredited female performed a
version that showed up on a
Christie CD issued in 2007.
It starts with a great song and "The Coldest Night of the Year" is a great song, a winter classic similar to "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "It's Now Winter's Day," the Dell hit by Tommy Roe. Nino & April established a baseline with an enjoyable original version of the song that became the forgotten flip of a failed 1965 single. Lou Christie and his unknown female singing partner updated the song for the new millennium and I enjoyed their cover as much as the original, but my Pick To Click is the version recorded by the UK dream team of Dave Skinner, Andrew Rose and Vashti Bunyan, recording together as Twice As Much featuring Vashti. Their recording has it all - Spectoresque, wall-of-sound production which includes echo chamber and sleigh bells, intimate female lead vocal and glorious group harmony. The result is a dreamy, hauntingly beautiful album track that was a hit waiting to happen and should have been released as a single.
and this is one of those times.
T.A.M. & Vashti get my vote!
Here's the final score:
Lou Christie video was not available for playback
in Canada. Four of my Canadian voters needed
all the way and won by a wide margin.
the first Version Sacrifice of 2016!
for another reason.
I loved Helen.
the Dell's snack counter preparing treats to
feed the masses, she enjoyed listening to
a steady stream of doo-wop oldies that
played on the restaurant jukebox.
Helen's birthday by listening to one of her
favorite songs, "Two People in the World"
classic that I dubbed "Helen's Song."