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Morning Song – Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)

August 15, 2016

It’s not surprising that in early 1973 Roberta Flack had a #1 hit with “Killing Me Softly”. It’s a beautiful song, artfully crafted and produced, and a follow-up to Flack’s first #1 song, the Grammy-winning “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”.

What’s still mystifying over 40 years later is how a nine minute funk instrumental cover of a 19th century German classical tone poem by a Brazilian pianist/composer/arranger/producer ever ended up as #2 on the Billboard charts the same week.

Yes, Stanley Kubrick; yes, 2001: A Space Odyssey; yes, even, Richard Strauss and one of his most memorable compositions. But even with all of that, what’s a song like this doing on the pop charts?

Personally, I think it’s Eumir Deodato’s electric piano groove (it kicks in at :50). Give it a listen and see what you think.

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