PaulMaul Posted August 31, 2010 Share Posted August 31, 2010 I listened to the "Change of Heart" album for the first time this afternoon. As an album, it's really not my cup of tea. However, I was surprised by how moved I was by the "Desperate Fools" bookends.The opening reminds me simultaneously of a spiritual (note the similarity of the opening lines' melody to "Amazing Grace") and of a Celtic Air. If the violin line was replaced by an Uillean pipe, the melody would be right at home on "Thistle and Shamrock."The song itself is utterly sad, way beyond the schmaltzy sadness of so many other songs. It is laden with regret, disillusionment, and disappointment. I've heard it said that this is Eric's least favorite album. These two tracks seem to underscore that.I think these belong amongst the cream of the EC catalog. Very moving.PS: My favorite version of "Hey Deanie" is still bahoodore's. The tempo he used just seems right to me.... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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