Sometimes a remake of a song is better than the original. Or if not better, different and equally as good. I have three that I think fit that bill.
First is a mix of “The House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals and “Amazing Grace.” It was sung by Jerry Lawson and the Talk of the Town on NBC’s The Sing-Off, which used to be one of the best music competitions on TV. It was all voice, all a’capella, and the things some of the groups did were simply amazing. But then NBC decided to shorten it all into a one-night competition and basically ruined it by removing the multi-week build of the competition and, more importantly, letting us get to know the groups and hearing a range of songs. Oh, well. At least we got this. Turn up your speakers and let it fill you.
You can get the single here on Amazon.
The next is a remake of “Go Down, Moses” by The Lower Lights, who have taken this old choral and infused it with a new folk, soul, revival-style groove that makes me think this is probably how the song was originally sung.
Every time I hear it, it goes down into my bones and calls forth this desire to sing. It’s done it to everyone in my family. I wish there was a full version of the song somewhere on the internet. I can’t find one. But you can hear a preview on Amazon.
The last is a remake of “Glorious” by Stephanie Mabey. This one was part of Meet the Mormons.and sung by David Archuleta.