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Cyndi's covers of songs she grew up with
on 25 July 2011
Cyndi grew up in Manhattan, which was (and probably still is) a melting pot, where music from a variety of sources could be heard within a very small area. Inevitably, these diverse influences shaped Cyndi's own musical career, but with this album she has returned to her roots and recorded a selection of the songs that she heard back then. The resulting album is very satisfying to my ears.
Most if not all of these songs were around in the sixties though some are older. There is a trio of songs of French origin (La vie en rose, If you go away, Hymn to love) and plenty of R+B (At last, Stay, Until you come back to me, My baby just cares for me, Don't let me be misunderstood). Of course, Glenn Miller had the original hit with At last, but Etta James made the song her own and I suspect Cyndi grew up with Etta's version. Cyndi recorded the Motown song You've really got a hold on me with just one musician (albeit he plays three instruments) so the way it appears here, it's not R+B, but I love it. Meanwhile Cyndi has turned On the sunny side of the street (which I normally come across on easy listening albums) into an R+B rocker. Cyndi didn't do anything surprising with Walk on by or Unchained melody, by they also sound great.
Some people don't like cover versions but I do, though of course there are exceptions. There are no exceptions here as Cyndi recorded a truly magnificent album.