Tuesday, February 16, 2010

When Will I See You Again - Koska sun taas nähdä saan

For some reason, there aren't many Finnish covers of soul, or 'black music' in general. Well, some classics, though, have been covered. Like this one. Ami Aspelund (see earlier entry) released "Koska sun taas nähdä saan" (When will I see you again) on her "Yön jälkeen" album in 1976. All the tracks on this album were covers, but the songs were not the run-of-the-mill pop, but required a little bit more in the delivery department. The lyrics for this song were done by Leo Länsi (one of Veikko "Vexi" Salmi's pseudonyms). The original was the famous Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff -penned and pruduced song "When Will I See You Again", made to an international smash hit by the vocal group The Three Degrees. Both the song and the group were the best examples of the so called 'Philly Soul'. In the UK the song spend two weeks at number one on British pop chart in 1974, and it was said to be Prince Charles' favourite piece of music. You can see The Three Degrees perform the song, here.

Here's the pair:

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