Saturday, November 1, 2014

Battle of the Bands Number 8: When the Saints Go Marching In

I'm back for my eighth installment of Battle of the Bands. Here is how it works:

Listen to the song clips in the blog post. In the comment section vote for the one you like the best. Feel free to explain why you voted the way you did. The battles take place on the first and 15th and winners will be announced on the 7th and 21st. I will normally post the winner in the comments. Of course have fun and enjoy!

If you are still looking for more musical fun after you vote, you can check out these sites for more battles:

The Creative Outlet of StratPlayer

Alex J. Cavanaugh In

This rounds song:

Since today is All Saints Day I thought I would choose "When The Saints Go Marching In." The precise origins of the song are unknown, the song originated as a hymn. Louis Armstrong is credited for the first recording of the song as he made it more of a jazz standard.

First Challenger:

Starting off  Dr. John because in this competition you have to have someone representing New Orleans...

Second Challenger

It would have been too easy to pit two great brass bands against one another. I want contrast! New Jersey is quite different from New Orleans. Bruce Springsteen is quite different from Dr. John. 

Ladies and Gentleman The Boss...

Anyway these are my picks for this competition. Vote in the comments! Happy All Saints DAy!


DiscConnected said...

Now, being from Philly and having spent my formative summers at the Jesery shore, a vote against Bruce borders on sacrilege.

However, Louis' version is, hands down, THE version.

Chalk one up for Satchmo!

dolorah said...

Good job on three such different versions. If Louie is in the competition, this song belongs to him and the trombone. Love the jazzy vibrations. Otherwise, I would give it to Bruce and the highly religious musical accompaniment to the lyrics. Hard to pass up that piano, but not a fan of the guy's voice.

sometimes, you just can't beat the original.

Birgit said...

I am assuming the 2 are The Boss and Dr. John. I vote for Dr. John. I love the spin he gives to this song. Springstein gave a calm rendition to this song and it's nice but my mind drifted away while Dr. John kept me to the song. I also love it that you picked a song for the actual Saints day:)

farawayeyes said...

I'm a teeny bit confused (not unusual for me) is this a three-way BATTLE including Satchmo or not. If it he - Satchmo owns this song and I have to give him my vote.

If it intended to be between Dr. John and Springsteen that changes things. I was prepared to NOT like Springsteen's version, but did find it quite nice. In the end though I like the N'orleans sound of Dr. John better. His piano playing gets me every time and I am a fan of those guys who really can't sing but through their whole heart into it anyway.

Arlee Bird said...

I found the Springsteen version to be an overly long pretentious borefest. Enough said about that.

I give it to Dr. John. Not something I'd listen to often but it was well performed.

Good song choice for the season.

Tossing It Out

Chris Fries said...

I'm confused also...

If Stachmo is in the battle, I'd definitely vote for him.

But if it's just between Dr. John and Bruces Springsteen, it's a tougher call. I like the piano of Dr. John and the overall feel and instrumental underneath Bruce 'n' crew.

But vocally, I find both versions kind of lacking. I've never been a fan of either Dr. John or Bruce's singing -- both kind of strike me as a little too affected.

But with Satchmo off the table, I'll give the edge to Bruce and all since it's more varied and interesting rendition overall.

Cathy Kennedy said...

The Boss gets my vote, simply because it's so different and it has a quieter more reverent over tone.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

It seemed to me that this was meant as a 3-Way BOTB including Louis Armstrong. And if that's so, then I have to chuckle a little at your remark, "Starting off Dr. John because in this competition you have to have someone representing New Orleans."

If you meant to include Armstrong as a voting option, then you ALREADY had New Orleans represented. "Satchmo" was from "N'awlins".

Anyhow, there is absolutely no question but that Louis OWNS this song, so give my vote to "The Reverend Satchmo". (By the way, I own this exact same recording on CD. Louis recorded '...SAINTS' a number of times - there are definitely a few live recordings floating around out there.)

My next choice would be Dr. John. I am a "Doctor" fan and really dig his piano playing AND his strange voice. The Intro was slow and I thought: Oh, don't tell me the Doctor is going to make the same mistake Springsteen did! But, no, of course he didn't, because the Doctor is from N'awlins and knows how to correctly interpret the song.

The Bruce Springsteen version is a total disaster. Leave it to a neo-Commie Socialist to misinterpret a great Christian standard.

To begin with, the word in the title is "MARCHING". The Saints are "marching" in. They aren't being dragged in, they aren't filing in, they are MARCHING IN! This is a celebratory song, for crying-out-loud! The saints are delirious with joy as they march through the gates of Heaven. Springsteen treats it like it's a funeral dirge. (Hey, "Boss", the funeral? Fuhgeddaboudit! The corpses? Fuhgeddaboud'em! The bodies are in their graves but the souls from those bodies of the saints are marching into Heaven, dude! Figure it out, man!)

MIKE, if you ever decide to revisit this song, maybe give a thought to including Louis Prima in the "Battle". Prima was also a son of New Orleans and he knew how to play this song and was also pretty famous for it. If there's one musician out there who would have even the slightest chance of unseating King Satchmo as the ruler of this song, it would probably be Louis Prima, and Louis Prima only.

The truth is, Prima's version - being horn-based and including Prima's gravelly voice - is not all that different from the "Satchmo" rendition, but at least he gets the energy level right and really feels what he's playing.

Interesting BOTB, Mike! Thanks!

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

Incidentally, it was Louis Prima who supplied the voice for "King Louie" in Disney's animated movie 'THE JUNGLE BOOK'.

John Holton said...

Mac Rebennack! Or if you prefer, Dr. John! That man can play some piano. Can't sing worth a damn, but neither can I.

mike spain said...

Louis Armstrong was not in the competition, I will try to make it clearer in the future. He would have won!

I won't vote on this one. Dr. John edges Bruce 5-4.