Friday, February 25, 2005

Gals and Pals vs. Royksopp

Gals and Pals

Gals and Pals - Blue On Blue

Royksopp - So Easy

A real quickie today from Swedish vocal group Gals and Pals. I've been unable to find out anything about them apart from that they were most prominent in the sixties and apparently did a mean cover of Sandie Shaw's Always Something There To Remind Me.

This track, a cover of the Bobby Vinton classic, first came to my attention thanks to the Royksopp track So Easy of their album Melody AM which uses a large sample from it in it's chorus. I love the incredibly mellow backing track with these beautiful harmonies laid over the top. The separation of the male and female (or pals and gals) is excellently choreographed and listen out for the tinkling piano that comes in half way through. Definitely a cover version that to my mind blows away the original.

I've also included Royksopp's So Easy so you can compare. Its a funky little electronic number which uses the sample well and sparingly. However, maybe it's just me, but it kind of pales next to the original.

You can get a copy of Gals and Pals greatest hits HERE

Or alternatively get the superb album I got my version off, Sampled Vol 4, which I'm loath to reveal as the series is a goldmine for obscure tunes.

If you haven't already got a copy, the Royksopp album is worth checking out and can be bought HERE.

In other news, new PC came last night, getting internet connected tonight, so sometime next week I should finally be able to put up some of my obscure and deeply funky vinyl on here, sort out proper song hosting and also improve the quality of the Mp3s.

37 comments:

Joey said...

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Junior said...

Thanks Joey - trying to improve the download system at the moment but glad you're enjoying the music!

Gunnar said...

For a swede like me, it's so funny to read when you call this music "obscure" :)

Svante Thuresson is a legend, and if you like gals and pals, you will love his solo-albums (to many to mention).
Here a link to a collection of his works.

http://www.ginza.se/index.aspx?artnr=15778

This store, by the way, has a lot of cheap swedish music :)

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Junior said...

Well it seems you do learn a new thing everyday.

Will check out some more of this man's music now I have an idea who he is.

Thanks for the link Gunnar.

Anonymous said...

Still finding those download pages incomprehensible and impossible to use.

Perhaps you could post some hints? Or use a different service?

Taxi Driver said...

Anonymous: Maybe you should read what junior writes on his blog .. not just steal the mp3's. And if you read the rapidshare text .. you should have no problem downloading. But junior wrote this at the end of this post:

"In other news, new PC came last night, getting internet connected tonight, so sometime next week I should finally be able to put up some of my obscure and deeply funky vinyl on here, sort out proper song hosting and also improve the quality of the Mp3s".

So he's working on it.. ;) ... and I'm sure he can speak for himself as well.. ;)

I just couldn't resist.

Peace man!

Junior said...

Thanks for the support Xanax!

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