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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Baby I Love Your Way’

The song, “Baby I Love Your Way”, was originally recorded by Peter Frampton in 1975

Summer classic “Baby I Love Your Way” was written produced and performed by British artist Peter Frampton (b.1950) and released as the second single from his 1975 album, “Frampton”. It was not a hit the first time around, instead it had to wait another twelve months before it gained momentum as part of his world tour. It eventually peaked at No.12 in the US and No.43 in the UK. The album, “Frampton Comes Alive”, went on shift over eight million copies Stateside!

The song was covered by American duo Will To Power, consisting of Bob Rosenberg (b.1959) and Elin Michaels (b.1961), in 1988 and released as their third single being paired with their version of US rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 1973 hit “Free Bird”. It became their biggest and by far, most successful release, topping the US singles chart and reaching No.6 in the UK in January 1989.

“Baby I Love Your Way” was recorded by US reggae/pop band Big Mountain in 1994 for the soundtrack of the film ‘Reality Bites’. This new version became a huge global smash hit, peaking at No.2 in the UK, the song’s highest placing there, No.6 in America and a top ten position in over twenty countries worldwide, selling more than three million copies in the process.

But whose version is the best? PETER FRAMPTON’s original, WILL TO POWER’s 80’s cover or BIG MOUNTAIN’s 90’s version?

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!