Saturday, April 18, 2009

Scottish newspaper reveals Susan Boyle's first ever recording

I'm still completely bowled over by Susan Boyle... and today even more so!

I just came across this 'exclusive' from the Scottish Daily Record revealing Susan's first ever recording, made back in 1999, when she sang that famous old blues ballad 'Cry Me A River' for a charity CD... and as you can hear... it's quite simply... brilliant!

Quite remarkable! I don't honestly think I've ever heard this song sang better... ever!

Only 1000 copies of the disc were ever produced, but as you can see, the Daily Record got hold of this long-forgotten recording and it’s now on YouTube.

A showbiz insider said: “This is a real coup for the Record. The whole world would have wanted to find this.

“People will be scrambling to get their hands on this CD. They will be like gold dust soon.”

It's already all over eBay... with loads of obvious recordings of this bit of audio on this video... available for only 99p... to the full CD currently being bid for at £280... clearly this is going to become a collector's piece... oh and there are hundreds of 'I love Susan Boyle' t-shirts too!!

What a phenomenon Susan Boyle is. 'Overnight sensation' doesn't begin to describe the sensation Susan has become... worldwide... in just a week. By this weekend, clips of her singing on Britain's Got Talent had notched up almost 50 million views on YouTube!

I think the explanation is in this article on the BBC's Entertainment page 'How Susan Boyle won over the world'. Here, Lisa Schwarzbaum, a writer for US celebrity magazine Entertainment Weekly said "the performance was a powerful reality check". She wrote:

"In our pop-minded culture so slavishly obsessed with packaging - the right face, the right clothes, the right attitudes, the right Facebook posts - the unpackaged artistic power of the unstyled, un-hip, un-kissed Ms Boyle let me feel, for the duration of one blazing showstopping ballad, the meaning of human grace.

She pierced my defences. She reordered the measure of beauty. And I had no idea until tears sprang how desperately I need that corrective."

Yep... I think she's hit the nail on the head. That is precisely what is going on here!

Ms Schwarzbaum's post was followed by comments from scores of readers (they're still posting today) saying they watched the clip repeatedly, with the same emotional response... in fact, if you read my original post... you'll see my reaction was also pretty much the same:

"Susan Boyle creates one of those moments... when the hair on the back of your neck tingles... and for no apparent reason... one stupidly feels like crying.... well those of us who have a heart that is!"