Song of the Day, August 13: Always Better With You by Gregson and Collister

G&CStrangeBetterToday’s song is a fascinating cover version. Paul Carrack is best known as the Man with the Golden Voice, an amazing blue-eyed soul singer who has recorded with a wide array of bands. His vocals have graced hits by Ace, Squeeze, and Mike + the Mechanics. He’s also a talented keyboard player and songwriter.

Guitarist and singer Clive Gregson is a talented musician and songwriter; vocalist Christine Collister has an astonishing vocal power, range, and control. Their decade-long partnership featured many wonderful songs, usually written by Gregson. For their fourth album, Love Is A Strange Hotel, however, they picked twelve songs by other artists to cover. It works well, with their obvious passion for the material shining through.

The highlight is Always Better With You, a Carrack original from his 1982 solo album Suburban Voodoo. It’s a delightful celebration of love, originally realized as a smart New Wave track. Gregson & Collister folk it up, with a simple acoustic base that allows their sunny duet vocal to shine. It’s a perfect marriage of song and style, breathing new life into a good tune.

Enjoy this fun song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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