New York City, NY (PRWEB) December 04, 2012
Can you name the top ten all-time best recordings of Auld Lang Syne? Thousands of artists have performed or released renditions of the New Year's Eve staple Auld Lang Syne. Here are New York City entertainment critic Marie Lila's top 10 best Auld Lang Syne recordings for 2013:
1. Auld Lang Syne: Scott West & Frank Hannon (2006)
Featuring Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon and San Diego musician Scott West, this version of Auld Lang Syne begins with West's dynamic piano and strings swelling into Hannon's searing guitar work. West's arrangement deserves top honors for its beautiful textures, riveting crescendos, fueled by the magnificently fresh power and tone of Hannon's burning fret work. This warm arrangement brings an edgy, contemporary sophistication to the song, making it the best recording of this holiday classic and our pick for #1 Auld Lang Syne download. Sex On Sunday's 2006 "California Christmas" CD includes both West’s edgier version and a softer piano and strings recording. Listen / Download http://www.amazon.com/Auld-Lang-Syne-California-Christmas/dp/B001A3A6K0 The internet’s most popular ringtone website Myxer.com has featured this ringtone as their most popular Auld Lang Syne ringtone in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. West’s ALS Myxer ringtone topped 102,000 downloads on New’s Years Eve in 2012. This year West’s myxer ringtone should break 170,000 downloads on New Year’s Eve and should continue to dominate Google as the internet’s most popular Auld Lang Syne ringtone for the 7th straight year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzoZxJn0SU0
“If you think hearing “Auld Lang Syne” on New Year’s is bound to be ho-hum, you’re humming the wrong tune. On the web you can find a myriad of exciting alternative renditions for-the-stroke-of-midnight classic, including the riveting arrangement by Scott West featuring poignant piano and soaring electric guitars.”
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“What might a benchmark recorded performance of Auld Lang Syne be? Well I found …the ten best 1. Scott West
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
December 31, 2007
“Well folks, it’s that time of year again… Time to make your New Year’s resolutions-- and this time, we’re gonna stick to ‘em, right? Right! Here to play you out of 2011 properly and gently usher you into 2012 with their well-known New Year’s Eve tune, “Auld Lang Syne,” is San Diego, CA’s Scott West. Doing one of the most stellar renditions we’ve ever heard, Scott and Tesla guitarist, Frank Hannon only ask that we all hold our glasses high as we toast! Download this one and merrily sing along, “Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind…”
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December 30, 2011
2. Auld Lang Syne: Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (1947)
Lombardo's arrangement is still the best big band arrangement of the mignight classic. Decades of New Year's radio and television broadcasts popularized Guy Lombardo's big band arrangement of Auld Lang Syne. Lombardo has two well-known renditions of the song. The more recent was released in 1947 by Decca Records and is the best big band Auld Lang Syne recording. Lombardo's name is synonymous with New Year's Eve.
3. Same Old Lang Syne: Dan Fogelberg (1981)
The world is a lesser place without Fogelberg, but Fogelberg's Same Old Lang Syne is a work of art and beauty. This is not the traditional version, but it ends with a beautiful saxophone solo of the well known Auld Lang Syne melody. This song features a compelling modern day story about meeting one's old lover in a grocery store. Over the years, it has become a holiday radio favorite and continues to dominate the radio airwaves every December and early January.
4. Auld Lang Syne: Kenneth McKellar (1995)
McKellar's radient voice and the smooth orchestral arrangement make this the standout operatic version of Auld Lang Syne. First rate recording quality and stunning vocals highlight this arrangement.
5. Auld Lang Syne: Ronnie Browne (1999)
Linn Records recording of Auld Lang Syne by Ronnie Brown is the best Scot-influenced interpretation. This recording is part of a collection of songs written by Scottish poet Robert Burns that was produced by Dr. Fred Freeman. This simple arrangement showcases The Corries famous lead singer and a traditional Scottish arrangement of the holiday classic.
6. Auld Lang Syne: Bing Crosby (1949)
How can you not love the smooth, melodic voice of one of the all-time greatest crooner singing one of the world's most famous songs? There's a reason Crosby got a Grammy award for singing holiday music in 1947. His buttery voice melts through every word and note making it one of the favorite New Year's Eve downloads.
7. Auld Lang Syne: The Beach Boys (1965)
The Beach Boys included a harmonized a-capella version of Auld Lang Syne on their 1965 Christmas album. This version has more appeal than the band's other version with the voice over that buries those amazing Beach Boy harmonies. This is a great a-capella recording of Auld Lang Syne.
8. Auld Lang Syne: The Highland Pipers (1998)
This sweet, instrumental recording features a soft Scottish flute playing the melody line, not bagpipes. This is the most laid back of the top ten and is well suited for a romantic-candle-lit New Year’s evening for two.
9. Auld Lang Syne: Jimi Hendrix (Recorded LIVE December 31, 1969)
Recorded at the opening of Hendrix' second set at the Fillmore East on December 31, 1969 to January 1, 1970, this version does not reach Hendrix' dynamic "Star Spangled Banner" in intensity, dynamics or recording quality, but is still a noteworthy rendition. The energy of this version does not measured up to Hendrix' other famous performances.
10. Mariah Carey (2010) I included Mariah Carey's well know version of Auld Lang Syne for the first time this year, edging out Kenny G, even though Mariah sang the wrong words and then laughed through the rest of the verse.
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Programing directors, television show and radio show producers can find Scott West’s Auld Lang Syne at http://www.amazon.com/Auld-Lang-Syne-California-Christmas/dp/B001A3A6K0
"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne."
Scott West will be performing his arrangement of Auld Lang Syne at The House of Blues in San Diego on December 11, 2012 (9 pm) and will also at the Ramona Mainstage with legendary band The Tubes on Feb 7th.