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Title: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: n9531l on December 01, 2015, 02:40:45 AM
The list is limited to vocal performances. There are also some nice instrumental versions, particularly violin.
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: ViseGrip on December 01, 2015, 10:53:43 AM
What are we 'sposed to do? Go listen to each one and take notes?
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: ctc on December 01, 2015, 11:00:06 AM
What are we 'sposed to do? Go listen to each one and take notes?
Yes, and no slacking off.
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: buck on December 01, 2015, 11:26:45 AM
Clearly the worst poll ever.
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: mspart on December 01, 2015, 11:47:43 AM
MOTAB for sure.

mspart
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: n9531l on December 01, 2015, 12:47:17 PM
What are we 'sposed to do? Go listen to each one and take notes?

Sure, why not? Except you may want to skip the other 25, unless you're a really big fan of Perry Como or RandyTravis or Tennessee Ernie Ford or ...

If you're still too lazy busy to check them out, you could just go by what you know of the performers. If vocal purity is your thing, you'll probably pick Doris Day or Glen Campbell or Jim Reeves. If you like hearing the way people talk in Kentucky, Loretta Lynn is the obvious choice. If you're intrigued by the idea of an a capella solo with a "vocal band" accompaniment, try the Bill Gaither version with The Mullins. If you want a nice solo by a woman who will be dying of cancer any day now, Joey Feek's the one for you. If you go for honky-tonk with plenty of live action on the keyboard, Jerry Lee Lewis is hard to beat. Or maybe you just like watching Dolly breathe.

You get the idea...
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: fsgrecofolk on December 01, 2015, 12:52:58 PM
I am only 44 years old, never heard of "In the Garden"
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: ctc on December 01, 2015, 02:30:18 PM
I am only 44 years old, never heard of "In the Garden"
Never been to church?
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: TobusRex on December 01, 2015, 10:30:05 PM
I am only 44 years old, never heard of "In the Garden"
Never been to church?

Not unless he likes wasting his time playing make believe.
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: fsgrecofolk on December 02, 2015, 12:01:04 AM
No, I don't go church.
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: mspart on December 07, 2015, 04:01:40 PM
It's kind of like Innagadadavida.  Which is truncated for In the Garden of Eden. 

Who out there knew that little piece of trivia?  Now for the second piece of trivia - Who named that song? 

mspart
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: n9531l on December 08, 2015, 03:35:39 PM
Clearly the worst poll ever.

That's when I knew this is a good poll. But a few more votes are needed to reach a statistically significant level. I'm pulling for Jerry Lee.
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: FalconWrestlingKY on December 09, 2015, 10:14:17 AM
Best performance is Iron Butterfly's

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIVe-rZBcm4
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: brycemus on December 09, 2015, 12:17:57 PM
best performance was the organist on the Simpson's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSCUhqsy4Nk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSCUhqsy4Nk)
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: n9531l on December 09, 2015, 12:39:15 PM
Those are good, but not on the list because it's the wrong song. But you knew that.
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: Ray Brinzer on December 09, 2015, 01:54:23 PM
I actually listened to a bunch of these, just for the heck of it.

I didn't know the song before.  Now I'm familiar with it.  It's okay.

My favorite rendition was Ella Fitzgerald's (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFtLr5k4eBU).  She really brings life to anything, which especially stood out in a song to which I was indifferent.  I'm always impressed with her choices:  she never did things just to show off, but she was never overly cautious or boring, either.  Her personality just shows through.

Doris Day was my second favorite, and the contrast is why I thought it worth writing a comment. She was very, very polished, in a way that doesn't hold my interest long. The difference between her and Ella isn't so much a matter of skill as personality... at least insofar as you can hear it.  Though they're comparable singers, Ella is always far more enjoyable.

Mahalia Jackson:  over-orchestrated, and over-blown, as too often was the case.  Too many flourishes and other distractions from the instruments, and too much lingering to embellish.  An example of a much better arrangment, in my opinion: How I Got Over (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l49N8U3d0Bw).

Jerry Lee Lewis looked high as a kite.  Tolerable performance.

Elvis... well, it's Elvis. If you like his non-rock-and-roll stuff, you'll like it.

Glen Campbell:  good singer, extremely boring.

Joey Feek:  a bit of a surprise. For a fairly conservative performance, it had character. Minimal in the way that would have served Mahalia much better.

Most of the rest amounts to "et cetera".
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: mspart on December 10, 2015, 11:19:17 AM
It's kind of like Innagadadavida.  Which is truncated for In the Garden of Eden. 

Who out there knew that little piece of trivia?  Now for the second piece of trivia - Who named that song? 

mspart

Iron Butterfly originally name it "In the Garden of Eden".  Ahmet Ertugun, the President of Atlantic Records suggested that it should be changed to a one word title, Innagadadavida.  And that is the rest of the story!!

mspart
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: FalconWrestlingKY on December 10, 2015, 08:47:41 PM
It's kind of like Innagadadavida.  Which is truncated for In the Garden of Eden. 

Who out there knew that little piece of trivia?  Now for the second piece of trivia - Who named that song? 

mspart

Iron Butterfly originally name it "In the Garden of Eden".  Ahmet Ertugun, the President of Atlantic Records suggested that it should be changed to a one word title, Innagadadavida.  And that is the rest of the story!!

mspart

You mean it's not because Doug Ingle was really drunk when showing the song to his bandmates and kept slurring the lyrics?
Title: Re: Whose YouTube performance of "In the Garden" is best?
Post by: mspart on December 14, 2015, 03:37:29 PM
It's kind of like Innagadadavida.  Which is truncated for In the Garden of Eden. 

Who out there knew that little piece of trivia?  Now for the second piece of trivia - Who named that song? 

mspart

Iron Butterfly originally name it "In the Garden of Eden".  Ahmet Ertugun, the President of Atlantic Records suggested that it should be changed to a one word title, Innagadadavida.  And that is the rest of the story!!

mspart

You mean it's not because Doug Ingle was really drunk when showing the song to his bandmates and kept slurring the lyrics?

So, as it turns out, it was sort of a little of both.  From  Ahmet Ertegun in his own words:   http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/the-story-of-atlantic-records-20010426?page=4

"At one session I looked down at an acetate across which someone had scrawled "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." So I asked the guitar player, "What does that mean?" He said, "Oh, that's a misspelling – it should read 'In a Garden of Eden.' Somebody must have got drunk or something and rearranged a few letters." That was around the time that the Beatles and the Stones were going to India and so forth, so I said, "You know, we should leave it as it is. It's a good title, it conjures up the feeling of some kind of Eastern spirituality." So the final track was very long, and it had on it what sounded like a Gene Krupa drum solo. But I tell you, this record came out, and, man, it seemed like every college student, like the whole country went out and bought it. It became the biggest record that we'd ever had up to that time – with a band that was just learning their instruments."

mspart