Happy 2016 and welcome to another edition of
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
It’s nice to be back. I’ve missed you all!
BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by Far Away Series and StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands. is where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. Two “Battles” per month, on the 1st and 15th. Votes will be tallied and posted the following week. (See below for further details.)
♫♫ This is a “double dog dare you” challenge from my good friend, Shady Del Knight. ♫♫
To spice it up, we have three contenders from three different genres: metal, jazz and bluegrass
“Enter Sandman” is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the first single from their fifth album, “Metallica” in 1991. The music was written by Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the concept of a child’s nightmares.
The single achieved platinum certification for more than 1,000,000 copies shipped in the United States, spurring sales of over 30 million copies and propelling Metallica to worldwide popularity. Acclaimed by critics, the song is featured in all of Metallica’s live albums and DVDs released after 1991 and has been played live at award ceremonies and benefit concerts. – Wikipedia
For the first time, I’m including the original artist as part of the contest. Here we go!
METALLICA is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1981. So far, there have been nine studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays, 26 music videos, and 37 singles. The band has won eight Grammy Awards and five of its albums have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The band’s eponymous 1991 album has sold over 16 million copies in the United States, making it the best-selling album of the SoundScan era. “Enter Sandman” is the first track:
Charles Eugene “PAT” BOONE (born in Jacksonville, Florida on June 1, 1934) is an American singer, composer, actor, writer, television personality, motivational speaker, and spokesman. He was a successful pop singer in the United States during the 1950s and early 1960s, who sold over 45 million albums, had 38 Top 40 hits and appeared in more than 12 Hollywood films. In 1997, Boone released In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy, a collection of heavy metal covers, sung in a jazz/big band style. He succeeded in propelling the album onto the Billboard record charts (making it Boone’s first hit album in 35 years), but it did not please some of his longtime supporters who consider the heavy metal genre in bad taste, or worse. (!!Say what??! 😮 ) “Enter Sandman” is the seventh track:
IRON HORSE is a Bluegrass band from Alabama. They are known for performing and recording bluegrass cover versions of rock songs, particularly their treatments of heavy metal songs popularized by Metallica. “Enter Sandman” is the third track from their 2001 album “Fade to Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica”.:
Please state your preference in comments below and why you chose it.
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Voting remains open until midnight, Jan. 21st, ET,
after which I will count the votes, add mine and publish the results.
These are the other BOTB regulars and semi-regulars.
Please cruise on by their sites and, if they have a post up, vote on their selections as well:
[Check back – there’s no set posting time]
Angels Bark / Book Lover /Cherdo On The Flipside / Curious as a Cathy / DC Relief BOTB / Far Away Series** / Holli’s Hoots & Hollers / J.A. Scott / Janie Junebug Righting & Editing / Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Novel Brews / Quiet Laughter / Sound of One Hand Typing / StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands** / Tossing It Out / / Your Daily Dose
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Until next time.
♫♪♫♪♫ Rockchick Rapture!