Tuesday, 18 August 2009

All by myself - Eric Carmen

When you're young, you will probably only know the horrible cover version of this song by Celine Dion. She did a very good job of murdering one of the most beautiful tracks ever recorded. Eric Carmen released this gem in 1976 as his debut solo single.

This 7 minute epic actually borrows from the second movement (Adagio Sostenuto) of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18. Carmen believed that the work was in the public domain, but subsequently had to come to an agreement with the Rachmaninoff estate. Nonetheless, Carmen had a hit on his hands: the track peaked at number 12 in the UK singles chart and number 10 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 2319
Found: June 3, 1995
Cost: 2 guilders
Tracks: 'All by myself' / 'Never gonna fall in love again'

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