Sunday, November 09, 2008

Music Monday: a-cappella goodness

Over the years I've seen a few of the productions of Spike Lee. Overall, I've not really liked them very much, with one notable exception. A few years back (okay, 18 years back), he put together a TV special - Do it a-cappella - the soundtrack of which I've played to death. Here are a couple of samples for you.

The first is from one of my favorite a-cappella groups - Take 6. They have a great blend of tight harmonies and a jazz sound that is just terrific. This video shows them singing two songs, "Get Away Jordan" and "Something Within Me". Listen for the high note at the end of "Get Away Jordan" - they take it a third higher in the concert than on the album version of the song.

The next highlight is from the group Rockapella. You might know them better as the group that sang the theme song for the PBS game show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?. (Okay, a moment of honesty - who watched Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?) Thankfully, they have since cut their hair from the mullets worn in this clip. They're singing "Zombie Jamboree", but it takes about two minutes into the video to get past Spike Lee and get to the music.


texasinafrica said...

I LOVE that album and had no idea that anybody else had ever heard of it! My favorite is the Mint Juleps' cover of "Higher."

euphrony said...

I didn't think anyone else would know it, either. The Mint Juleps are great on it. The all-out production of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is still one of the best I've heard. And I love the Persuasions on this.

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