This blog will feature Finnish pop music covers and their original versions mainly from '60s and '70s.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Somebody to Love - Kaipaan sinua vaan
From the Eurovision songs we now move to something completely different. Virve "Vicky" Rosti (see earlier entry) recorded "Kaipaan sinua vaan" (I'm just longing for you) in 1978 for her album "Tee mulle niin". It was only an album track but might have been a hit as a single. The lyrics were by Pertti Reponen and the arrangements by Veikko Samuli. This is surprisingly good version of the original, which was the legendary 60's hippie anthem "Somebody To Love". The song that was written by Darby Slick and originally recorded and first performed by his folk rock band the Great Society. The band which included Darby's then-sister-in-law Grace Slick on vocals. The song initially went nowhere when it was released in 1966. But when Grace Slick took it with her as she moved in another San Francisco rock band called Jefferson Airplane and they recorded it with a more rockier approach, it became one of the absolute classics of rock. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Jefferson Airplane's version #274 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. We present both these early versions, the one by Great Society is a live version.