Tonight I decided to re-up several real or home-made albums from Melanie, first because it's the aim of this blog to keep available all that was previously posted (and after mf and rs deleted my account, I gave a last chance to this blog using M), and second because I discovered (a little late I must admit) that Melanie participated to the Miley Cyrus Backyard Sessions in 2012. Maybe some fans of this new show-biz phenomenon (not sure she won't burn her wings as so many of her icarius-like provoc-elders) will be curious enough to take here some of the Melanie's stuff I posted. I begin with this album compiling re-worked versions of older material. More in the previous comments below. Catch it here.
This post received a severe comment recently by "Any middle-aged German Witch in Amerika" saying it was frustrating that I decided to select my fave songs among the 20 reworked version of Melanie's songs comprised on this Czech compilation. She was right and I wonder why I did that since I usually try to put as much rare material I can find from Melanie. And more stupidly, hearing again this compilation, I don't even share my opinion of my previous selection. So in this reworked version of my own post I provide the whole load of reworked songs included. Accept my excuses, I won't do it again. More Melanie to come (since this severe commentator sent to me some rare gems I will post as soon as possible).
Here below the text I wrote for the post
"Hell is paved with good ideas, and some bad ideas can lead to heaven. Maybe not heaven but a good surprise actually. Cos' who could think that to do modernized covers of old hits could have led to anything else than disaster or at least useless versions? It's not the case but I must confess something. I did a selection among the 20 songs reworked by Melanie and Peter Schekaryk. Released on an obscure Czech compilation called Beautiful People with a totally inappropriate cover sleeve (here) showing a young Melanie plaing guitar while singing, it featured very different approaches of these songs, some being only a re-arrangements over the original ones, with Melanie singing over her original voice. A shame. Others featured funky arrangements, that seemed to have been recorded much earlier than 1999. Last, there were songs played with delicate and efficient accoustic arrangements, backed with bass and drums and that showed how Melanie was able now to be a complete singer, moving and powerful (sorry for my weak vocabulary). There are some gems such as the version of "People In The Front Row". But I don't think there is a weak song. I did a decent cover sleeve and now it can be added to the complicated 90's Melanie's discography".