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#608469 - 07/29/20 07:22 AM [Best of YouTube] "Climb Every Mountain" -- by Judith Durham (The Seekers): in the style of 1960s pop meet jazz
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The Seekers are from my hometown of Melbourne, Australia.

"Climb Every Mountain" was written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein for "The Sound Of Music". It's been covered by many artists. This particular version from 1971 always mesmerises me.

The arrangement uses elements of pop sounds from the 1960s and mashes it together with a pop-jazz feel in 3/4 time (although I hear it with a 6/8 lilt). If my recall is correct, the song is written in 4/4. As I see it, this version is clever arranging.

Maybe it's just me, but I find Judith Durham a very engaging singer.

This song somehow seems to fit the crazy times we're presently travelling.

Hope you enjoy it,

#608782 - 07/30/20 10:47 PM [Best of YouTube] Re: "Climb Every Mountain" -- by Judith Durham (The Seekers): in the style of 1960s pop meet jazz [Re: Noel96]
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Hi Noel,
A very interesting adaptation.
I've been a Seekers fan since the 60s, and I've seen them live a number of times.
Judith, in my opinion, has one of the purest voices I have ever heard. I last saw The Seekers about 3 years ago, and they sounded exactly like they did in the 1960s, although they are now all in their 70s.

Two stories that they told during the last concert I saw: one of their most requested songs was "Puff the Magic Dragon" ... funny thing is that they never recorded it until many years later. They got sick of saying "No, that was Peter,Paul & Mary,"
The second story is when they were in London, at a recording session,and they ran into Barry Gibb (The Bee Gees), Barry said he'd written a song that they might like to record; after listening to it The Seekers declined, so the Bee Gees recorder it instead.
The song..... Massachusetts.

But my favourite Seekers song ....

PS I hope you're coping okay with the dreadful situation in Victoria at the moment.

#608882 - 07/31/20 02:08 PM [Best of YouTube] Re: "Climb Every Mountain" -- by Judith Durham (The Seekers): in the style of 1960s pop meet jazz [Re: Noel96]
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This is a really neat rendition of this song! Thanks for sharing.

#609008 - 08/01/20 07:01 AM [Best of YouTube] Re: "Climb Every Mountain" -- by Judith Durham (The Seekers): in the style of 1960s pop meet jazz [Re: Noel96]
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Oh, how absolutely extraordinary. Sensational and perfect in just so many ways. Judith delivers, as she always has, with musical and gospel precision. Flawless. A virtuoso.

And just as importantly, the time signature and the 6/8 phrasing, giving further interest and dimension.

What a delivery. smile

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