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Still Never Can Say Goodbye

Post by Admin on Sun Dec 01, 2013 4:44 pm

Still Never Can Say Goodbye
By V Sudarshan

December 1, 2013

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Had Michael Jackson been alive today, he’d have been only 55 years old. It is difficult to believe that he has not been around with us for four years, making his music that moved millions. Yet, in the almost four years since he has been gone, we have been constantly reminded of him via various tribute albums that are coming our way, rock tributes, reggae tribute and even a bluegrass tribute.

The latest is a metal tribute, featuring musicians from groups like Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, which is logical considering Axl Rose’s collaboration with him in songs like Black or white (Dangerous). This follows a Latin/salsa tribute that emerged last year. Even before Michael Jackson passed away, there were tribute albums that were regularly making their appearances (swing tribute, dance tribute…). Most of the tributes are reworkings of songs Michael Jackson made famous.

Even though he died young, he left a large body of work, consistently good quality memorable work, considering that he began really, really early. And some songs Michael Jackson sang had been written and performed by others, notably I can’t help it (Stevie Wonder). I wanna be where you are was a hit when Michael Jackson was 14, and Never can say goodbye a year earlier, way back in 1971. Even our Bollywood-type music directors have paid tribute to Michael Jackson. Sonu Nigam (The beat of our heart) and Bappi Lahiri, for instance, not covers or interpretations but their own songs. How uneven these might be is a matter best left for the listener to decide.

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Re: Still Never Can Say Goodbye

Post by WeAreTheWorld. on Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:48 pm

What a refreshing and well-written piece.
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