GUANTANAMERA | #BOTB RESULTS

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Welcome back to #BOTB!
Time to announce the results of the Sept. 1st showdown.

Battle of the Bands BOTB, GUANTANAMERA

BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB), hosted by 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.

♫ A taste of Cuba from different perspectives ♫

After a couple of close battles, this one was more decisive. While some of you enjoyed the Mallorcan sounds of Los Beta, most of your preferred the more traditional Cuban flavour presented by Zucchero. Here’s how it looks, without my vote:

LOS BETA
C.W. Martin, Diedre, John, Myke, Shady
TOTAL: 5

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ZUCCHERO:
Angelika, Arlee, Birgit, Cathy, Dixie, Janie, Mary, Michele, Mike, Pat, Stephen
TOTAL: 11

I first heard the Los Beta version of Guantanamera in March 1967, while vacationing in the Canary Islands. It has a lilting, dreamy quality that I fell in love with, so I bought the 45 and played it to death after coming home. It’s still part of my record collection and I listen to it once in awhile, instantly drifting back to that enchanted place and time. If you’d like to read more about the trip, click on the image:

Canary Islands & Sahara Desert
♥ Fabulous Vacation ♥

On the other hand, Zucchero has long been a favourite artist. I love his passion, his style, his musicianship, his voice, everything! He makes me want to hop a plane to Cuba and order one of those festive, fruity cocktails. Decisions, decisions…

After many playbacks of each, there’s no question the Los Beta recording gives me the biggest emotional jolt. The lead singer has a beautiful voice and the languid arrangement flows sweetly. Plus, I can’t deny the nostalgia factor. It’s wonderful to relive that fabulous holiday through song! So, Los Beta get another vote, but it doesn’t help. At least they lost to a formidable opponent!

and the winner is:
ZUCCHERO
By 5 votes

Here’s the winner, performing live in Havana, Dec. 2012:

♫ EVERYBODY DANCE NOW ♫

Don’t forget to check back with the others for their BOTB results:

Angels Bark / Cherdo On The Flipside / Curious as a Cathy / DC Relief BOTB / DiscConnected / J.A. Scott / Janie Junebug Righting & Editing / Jingle Jangle Jungle / Mike’s Ramblings / Pedestrian Writer / Quiet Laughter / Sound of One Hand Typing / HOST: StMcC Presents Battle of the Bands / Tossing It Out / Your Daily Dose

NEXT BATTLE OF THE BANDS WILL BE THURS. SEPT. 15th. SEE YOU THERE!

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Was this the outcome you expected or were you surprised?

Looking forward to your comments!

Until next time.

ROCK ON!

Debbie

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Rockchick Rapture!

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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21 thoughts on “GUANTANAMERA | #BOTB RESULTS

  1. Though I did not vote in the battle, (I’m so sorry for being gone), I wanted to stop back in. Now I see you are on blog hiatus. Well, I certainly know its something you gotta do from time to time. Looking forward to your Blog2.0. Hope it’s soon.
    PS – Thanks for stopping over with some kind words. See you soon.

    1. Thanks for coming by, Jeffrey. I’m doing a complete website re-design, so it could be awhile longer. I promise it will be worth the wait. Looking forward to seeing you again, soon. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Birgit. Sorry for the later response. I’m immersed in the world of web design at the moment. The blog will be in “maintenance” mode soon. Have a good weekend. I’m sure you’re enjoying the cooler temps. 🙂

  2. Glad Zucchero won. Nice live performance!
    The memories that music evokes is usually what causes certain songs to be my favorites. I love that time-travel quality of music!

    Have a great weekend Debbie! Thanks again for the birthday wish! XOXO

    Michele at Angels Bark

  3. Hi Deb,
    I tried to post and kept getting an error. Oh well…
    I said in my comment that I don’t want to be a spoil sport but Zucchero is simply tops in my book.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat

    1. Sorry about that, Pat. The website has been flaky the last few days. 🙁 If it keeps on messing up, I’ll start yelling at the hosting company. Both comments came through, so I’ll delete the other one. I’m a huge fan of Zucchero myself and “Baila” keeps playing in my head, now. 😀

  4. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

    Can’t lose with the stuff you use – two great artists – two great recordings. I had a hunch your ears would match mine this time around, because I know how much you treasure your 60s experiences abroad and the recordings that formed the soundtrack of your youth there in Europe. I maintain that the Los Beta version would have garnered more votes if a freshly remastered version had been available to level the playing field in its battle against a much more recent recording.

    Thank you very much for introducing two outstanding versions of “Guantanamera,” dear friend Debbie!

    1. Hi, Shady; Yes, nostalgia is a powerful thing. 🙂 A remastered version of Los Beta’s recording may have had a fuller sound, but the arrangement and vocals would have basically been the same, so I’m not sure it would have made much difference in voting preferences. We’ll never know since Los Beta disbanded more than 40 years ago. I’m glad you enjoyed this battle as well as the previous ones. Thanks for your continued support!