Wednesday 6 March 2013
Diving For Dear Life
There was a really good edition of Soul Music on Radio 4 yesterday concerning Shipbuilding, possibly the most beautiful, melancholic protest song ever written. I'm not sure that anyone hearing the song today for the first time and not knowing the back story would even consider it a protest song but more a lament for a time when this country still had a manufacturing industry.
I have always been conflicted as to which version I prefer, I love the Robert Wyatt's vocal but I also love Costello's version especially the trumpet solo, of which there is an interesting fact in the program. I think that on reflection Costello's because of Chet Baker's trumpet.
btw, if you are in the UK as I'm sure you are aware you can catch the show on the iPlayer for the next 6 days.
Elvis Costello - Shipbuilding