They say that birds of a feather flock together. But the most beautiful friendships are the unlikely ones. Complete opposites coming together in perfect harmony. At LiveInStyle.com we’re celebrating these unlikeliest of friendships among musicians.
These improbable couplings have given us some absolute gems. Here’s a list of tracks that prove friendships know no boundaries.
Nitin Sawhney and Jeff Beck
When Nitin Sawhney released “Nadia”, a drum-n-bass driven track with a haunting vocal, the last person he would have expected to cover it would have been Jeff Beck. He put his prog-jazz twist on it in 2001, and the two of them performed a goose-bump inducing version of it live, 10 years later. Videos of that performance are hard to come by though (let us know if you do find one). So for now, here’s a mash-up of the two versions. Notice how Jeff replicates every little vocal trill on his guitar. Epic!
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Tony Bennett is one of the most respected artists in music, with a career spanning almost 6 decades. Lady Gaga is more recognised for her outrageous costumes and antics. There’s no denying the quality of her performance on this one, a cover of the classic “The Lady Is A Tramp”. Check it out.
James Brown and Luciano Pavarotti
One’s the Godfather of Soul, the founding father of Funk. The other was the most famous opera singer ever. They came together to perform one of Brown’s biggest hits, “It’s a Man’s World”. And the men(and women) of the world watched, and listened, slack-jawed.
Elton John and Axl Rose
Axl faced a lot of flak for his seemingly homophobic lyrics and antics, so this might have been a publicity stunt, performing with the flamboyant and openly gay Elton John. That takes nothing away from this though, as these complete opposites provide us with an intriguing version of Queen’s anthem, "Bohemian Rhapsody", ending with an enchanting harmony between the two.
Amy Winehouse and Nas
‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ was the last album Amy worked on, it was released after she passed away, and contains some of her most heartfelt song-writing. This collaboration off the album, with American rapper Nas, blends Amy’s heady jazz vocals with his cutting rhymes for an awe-inspiring tune, “Like Smoke”
As we celebrate friends and friendships this month, share these musical masterpieces with your buddies. Remind them that true friendship can endure and overcome all kinds of differences, and the end result is magic.
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