Wednesday, September 29, 2010

JDIZZY's 365 # 138: Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days - Mary Hopkins (1968)

There was a time when the mere mention of The Beatles being associated with something could help it catch fire. Such was the case with our song today. Produced by Paul McCartney, this was Apple Record's first release and a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic. It is a sad tale(also a russian one) of reminiscence that Miss Hopkins drives home with her airy Welsh voice, sweet and powerful at the same time. The Apple records catalog is being reissued this fall, so her excellent debut album will be readily available in the US for the first time in years. With the purchase of physical albums almost the exclusive burden of collectors now, these collector friendly releases are a joy and a respectful thank you to the faithful. These are the days, it would seem.

Dolly captures the same qualities Mary brought to the song,albeit a little older and wiser.

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