Its our first Single Song Sunday of the year and you can thank/blame (delete as applicable) Charity Chic for this one. A couple of weeks back he featured Gene Clark's version of the Gordon Lightfoot standard "If You Could Read My Mind" and a light bulb switched on in my head.
There are hundreds of versions out there but 90% of them sound pretty much the same and most of those that don't sound the same are fairly ropey. So I don't think this is one of the strongest entries in the series. But its OK.
We start with my two favourite versions - the original and Johnny Cash - followed by a couple of country-tinged attempts, some supper club jazz from Salena Jones and then Viola Wills' disco version which was a minor hit in 1980.
We then go on a brief European detour, calling in at Sweden and the Czech Republic, before returning to 1980 with a high school choir from Ontario (don't ask).
As is traditional we round things off with a Mandatory Reggae Version. Its barely even reggae to be honest, being a pretty straight cover of the Viola Wills version, but its the only one I could find. Pam Hall has made many fine records over the years but sadly this isn't one of them.
"If You Could Read My Mind" - Gordon Lightfoot
"If You Could Read My Mind" - Johnny Cash
"If You Could Read My Mind" - Jeannie C. Riley
"If You Could Read My Mind" - Jesse Dayton
"If You Could Read My Mind" - Salena Jones
"If You Could Read My Mind" - Viola Wills
"Tänk Om Du Kunde Läsa Mina Tankar" - Siw Malmkvist
"Tím Víc Tě Mám Rád" - Karel Zich
"If You Could Read My Mind" - Mitchell District High School Glee Club
"If You Could Read My Mind" - Pam Hall