Curtis Mayfield: “We People Who Are Darker Than Blue”

Posted: February 23, 2015 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “We People Who Are Darker Than Blue” – Curtis Mayfield
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Lloyd Chalmers vs. Sinead O’Connor
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So Where Are the Strong, And Who Are the Trusted, And Where is the Broccoli, Sweet Broccoli!

So Where Are the Strong, And Who Are the Trusted, And Where is the Broccoli, Sweet Broccoli!

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I have to admit, before this weekend I had never heard this song, We People Who Are Darker Than Blue. I was taking in some reggae covers when I heard Lloyd Chalmer’s rendition. I looked up Curtis Mayfield’s original version and discovered one outstanding song! Sheesh, where have I been?!!?

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The Original

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Curtis Mayfield:

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And an excellent live version:

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Lloyd Chalmers vs. Sinead O’Connor

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Lloyd Chalmers:

Sinead O’Connor:

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

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Comments
  1. Arnold Plotnick says:

    When you strip away all of Sinead’s bull**** and just sit her down with a guitar and a microphone, well, she’s pretty hard to top.

  2. RDubbs says:

    Lloyd Chalmers kicks out an excellent, heartfelt cover of the song. But Sinead’s stripped down, emotional rendition is gut-wrenching. Reminds me of my favorite song of hers, “Black Boys On Mopeds”. Got to give it to Sinead and, begrudgingly, agree with Plotnick. 😦

  3. Pete Black says:

    I listened to Sinead first and loved her version. You can look at her personal issues and choices but her conviction and emotional intensity has always been first rate. I think she is very underrated. I was hoping Lloyd Chalmers would suck, giving me an easy verdict but his reggae stylee appealed strongly also. All versions get an A from me.

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