I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You): V Day Playlist #6 of 7

Many of Allison Crowe’s releases are akin to modern-day field-recordings – with a naturalness absent from popular music for decades. Here, visiting a friend’s log-home on Salt Spring Island, Canada, she takes a seat at the piano and performs, in a single, first, take, a blues song by Ronnie Shannon – that which became a break-through hit for Aretha Franklin in 1967.

LaJay Alexander, friend to the late songwriter, and an artist who recorded “Say So” for Shannon’s blues, soul, funk+ label, Black Gold Records, generously posts: “Hello all, the young lady did a jam up job on the song, Ronnie Shannon would have loved it”:

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I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

Allison Crowe interprets Ronnie Shannon’s “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” – a breakout hit for Aretha Franklin in 1967. Allison “nails it just as good as the Queen of Soul herself. Her piano playing is equally exquisite,” says Bob Muller, curator of cover songs @ JoniMitchell.com 1 Heck of a Guy’s Allan Showalter calls Allison’s “the most provocative and seductive (forgive me, Aretha) take I’ve heard”.
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‘Cover Me’ Premieres “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” & 1 Heck of a Guy, MTV and more dig it

Cover Me” blog’s Editor-in-Chief Ray Padgett, (SPIN, Consequence of Sound, Mashable and more), premieres Allison Crowe’s take on Annie Lennox & Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” @ http://www.covermesongs.com/2010/11/allison-crowe-shows-us-what-sweet-dreams-are-made-of.html

In the accompanying article, “Allison Crowe Shows Us What ‘Sweet Dreams‘ Are Made Of (Cover Me Premiere)”, writer Eric Garneau says of Crowe’s bare take on the song:”She delivers a reading on this ’80s mainstay at once beautifully melodious and ferociously in-your-face.”

Allison Crowe being a rock musician – well, what was called rock in the ’60s – she really enjoys, but doesn’t replicate, the sounds of the original’s pop sensibility. She strips things to their emotional core.

1 Heck of a Guy, a blog renowned for its reportage on Leonard Cohen and broomcorn lore and much, much more, shines a light on Allison Crowe’s “alchemy” in covering songs – http://1heckofaguy.com/2010/11/09/allison-crowe-renews-eurythmics-sweet-dreams – saying:

“Allison, whose covers include not only outstanding versions of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River‘ and ‘A Case of You,’ Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah,’ ‘The Beatles’ ‘In My Life‘ and ‘Let It Be,’ Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ and Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time After Time,’ but also the most provocative and seductive (forgive me, Aretha) take I’ve heard on Ronnie Shannon’s ‘I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You).’ And, I stand by my conviction that Allison Crowe is the best thing to happen to ‘Me And Bobby McGee‘ since Janis Joplin changed Kristofferson’s lyrics.”

This fun, naturally, arises from the premiere of Allison’s take on Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart – The Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” on the “Cover Me” blog.

This music news has now spread to the MTV blog: “Allison Crowe Strips Down Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams‘ ” – http://blog.mtvmusic.com/2010/11/09/allison-crowe-strips-down-eurythmics-sweet-dreams – and the site which has been serving ‘Sweet Dreams’ to devoted Eurythmics fans since 1999 – ethrillnet – http://ethrill.net/2010/11/09/listen-allison-crowe-covering-eurythmics-sweet-dreams

1 Heck of a Guy includes a link to this YouTube audio with pic:

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When the makers of Hollywood movie “Sucker Punch” were looking for ideas on how to approach the song, they called on Allison Crowe. For the 2011 blockbuster from director Zack Snyder, actress Emily Browning performs the song as a production number that opens what promises to be an exciting, visceral, film ride.

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