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    Jon Anderson/Jake Shimabukuro - A Day in the Life

    I'm not sure what to make of this, any thoughts/opinions?

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    I actually enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing.
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    I did NOT a really like that, but Jon sounds remarkable, imo, for a 77 year old man.
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    Interesting, although a bit misguided, IMO.

    Granted, "A Day in the Life" is my favorite song. But, even setting aside my bias, I think the mandolin (it's a mandolin, right?) brings a folksiness to it that undermines the original spirit of the song.
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    Jake plays ukulele. Is a master at it.
    Jon, is Jon. You get what you pay for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markwoll View Post
    Jake plays ukulele. Is a master at it.
    Jon, is Jon. You get what you pay for.
    Yup, I have seen Jake live and he is an amazing Uke player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    I did NOT a really like that, but Jon sounds remarkable, imo, for a 77 year old man.
    I don’t like it, either. But part of my love of the original is the bombastic strings and arrangement/production.

    Jon and Jake both sound wonderful at doing what they do- but stripped down acoustic? Another song, please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunshipVoyager1976 View Post
    I don’t like it, either. But part of my love of the original is the bombastic strings and arrangement/production.

    Jon and Jake both sound wonderful at doing what they do- but stripped down acoustic? Another song, please.
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    Love it. It is a true reimagining and not just a slavish copy "cover version". They have made the song their own while respecting the original.
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    This was excellent! There was something about it that spoke about the fragility of age and growing old. Something in Jon's voice that was actually quite touching, and honest. Loved the whole spartan arrangement too. Very cool!

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    I quite liked this! Jon sounds amazing. Loved the "noise" section. Wish the electric guitar (or was that an electric uke?) had been given a little more to do. My favorite bit, though, was the background "Hee hee!" after the reference to Blackburn, Lancashire--Jon is from Accrington, which is practically next door.
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    It's cute. Makes me miss Jon singing for Yes.

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    Jake is to ukulele what Bela Fleck is to banjo. I've been a fan for some time.
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    I'm not sure what to think about this version of the song. I may listen to it again. Jon's voice is truly amazing.
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    I like it. . No comparison to the original, but it's damn fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julioscissors View Post
    It's cute. Makes me miss Jon singing for Yes.
    Me too. The Quest would be a better record for having his voice. I love Jon D in Glass Hammer and he's a super nice person but his voice pales in comparison to where Jon A is at vocally.

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    Very nice version. Nice arrangement. I saw Jake before he was a big deal, in San Francisco. The club was fairly full when we got there, so we sat on the piano bench next to Jake. He's a wonder.
    Jon sounds great, especially for his age.

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    Reminds me a bit of a Shattner cover.

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    I really like this.
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