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Friday, September 21, 2007

Cover or Classic - Who decides?  

In the world of pop music there are many different areas of music. There are critics that say that every album that is released will either make the artist or break the artist.

When "A Thousand Different Ways" dropped, the critics said that Clay Aiken should not release an albums of covers as his second pop album. It has since gone gold with little radio play and promotion. Not too bad, huh?

I have seen reviews and descriptions on Amazon.com about the new albums being released or recently released. Barry Manilow's new album "The Greatest Songs of the Seventies" is being reviewed as classics. Michael Buble`'s album "Call Me Irresponsible" was critiqued as "Melding the contemporary and the classic". "Tony Bennett's Duets: An American Classic" - "The material consists of relatively obvious classics".

This is a description of Clay Aiken's "A Thousand Different Ways" - "combines 10 cover versions of well-known songs from the '70s, '80s and '90s with four brand-new songs". This was under Rod Stewart's review "Great Rock Classics of Our Time" - "Why he continues to record mossy cover songs is a legitimate question?"

What is the difference in a classic and a cover? They use the word "cover" as a sin in the music industry. Then they use the word "classic" as if it were a coat of honor.

One thing I do know is I love "A Thousand Different Ways". I do not think there has been a single day that I have not played this album since it was released. There is one song on this album that I wish that it had been released as a single. Of course my opinion is that it is a "classic".


Renee4clay gave me permission to use this beautiful montage of Clay singing the classic "Broken Wings" on my blog.

Here is a link to the youtube "Broken Wings"

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