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please mr postman
December 17, 2008, 2:22 pm
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Current musical obsession: Please Mr Postman, in its various incantations.

First a Motown hit for the Marvelettes, it has attracted a distinguished and impressive set of covering artistes, which very significantly includes the Beatles and the Carpenters (great, great bands).

This song is simply pleasant; a happy singalong that conjures up idyllic and happy impressions of childhood eagerness and wide-eyed innocence, of days spent simply waiting for pleasant surprises which are always just round the corner, where yearnings are always finally fulfilled.

My favourite cover is by the Beatles. The first thing that struck me was the sheer power of Lennon’s voice:

A close second is the Carpenter’s cover. Karen Carpenter’s voice is just soooooo sweet and clear. It is a real pity that she passed away so early. There is less grit compared to the Beatles’ version, and much more sweetness.


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