Hauntingly beautiful songs

Sometimes you revisit old albums and your jaw drops because you’d forgotten what seem to be incredibly perfect songs.

Short but sublime:

This a track or two before it ain’t half bad either!

A cracking album for me but these just stand out.

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This was the first Prefab Sprout album I heard. It’s a really emotive album.

And I make no apology for posting this many times, but it always gets me.

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Spencer the Rover, from Sunday’s Child.

I offer Martyn’s version of this traditional English Folk song.

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Sandy Denny - Bruton Town.

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For me may I suggest ‘ship building’?
I have several interpretations: Suede, June Tabor and Daphne’s Flight. But not Elvis Costello’s version; the original, I’ve been informed, is also worth a listen by Robert Wyatt. I rather like them all.

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And I would add a couple Sandy Denny songs: Fotheringay and Banks of the Nile. The latter being my choice if I’m restricted to just one.

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Hue and Cry did a lovely live version of Shipbuilding.

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You can’t beat the last of Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Ab Ibendrot (at sunset). Whoever is singing it, it is sublime. You need to just sink into it and let it wash over you and take you away……

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I don’t think anybody can do “hauntingly beautiful” better than Sandy Denny.

With Fairport “Who knows where the time goes?”

And honourable mentions :slight_smile: for:

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Featuring Chet Baker who was responsible for many Hauntingly Beautiful moments.

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This Woman’s Work by Kate Bush. Gets me every time.

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Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush

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Agree a stunning emotional song but the original was by the songwriter Robert Wyatt.

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Silent all these years by Tori Amos

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IMO this most certainly ticks the boxes, Isla Cameron singing “O Willow Waly” from the 1961 psychological horror film “The Innocents”

https://youtu.be/GIjZ7zKFzXQ

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Another that gets to me is Damien Rice’s Eskimo

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Agni Parthene - Choir of the brothers of the Valaam Monastery

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Marietta’s Lied, from Die Tote Stadt, by Korngold.

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For me Joy Division - Atmosphere. So very haunting and how Ian Curtis ended his life so tragically makes it even more touching.

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