Soldier of Love

I will recommend to you without comment the following two versions of a song, one the original, the other a cover version. Really, just because it’s a great song. But if you insist on thinking politically, it’s a nice example of the way successful black-white cultural interaction used to work.

The Beatles:

Arthur Alexander:

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3 Responses to Soldier of Love

  1. stephenhopewell says:

    OK, readers, you know what to do.

  2. Liam says:

    Robert Duvall is possibly my favourite actor. His (1973?) effort: “The Outfit” with Joe Don Baker, is – to my eyes – a magnificent, flawed, minimalist classic. Even as an Englishman generally ignorant of your huge and endlessly beautiful country, there is something quite beautifully evocative in the empty landscapes, the brutal but honourable frontier codes, and the sense of endless possibilities in the tough, uncomplaining and relentlessly self-reliant (anti) hero.

  3. stephenhopewell says:

    Liam: thanks for reminding me of The Outfit.

    When you get past the strip malls, we do have a beautiful country. Though there is equally a wonderfulness to English landscapes that we don’t have here.

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