1-21-09 The Persuasions
CD ACAPELLA BIZARRE
1970? 13 TRKS
LP ACAPELLA REPRISE
1970? 13 TRKS
CD FRANKLY A CAPELLA RHINO
2000 16 TRKS Frank Zappa covers
CD SING THE BEATLES CHESKY
2002 14 TRKS Beatles covers
LP WE STILL AIN'T GOT NO BAND MCA
1973 10 TRKS promo
The Persuasions are a wonderful acapella group ( = no instruments, just voices). I first became aware of them in the early 70’s because they had an album made for Frank Zappa’s production company, Bizarre Records / Straight Records, “Acapella” – which I think came out in 1970.
So, there’s really not much surprise in finding that they made an album in 2000 that’s a tribute to Frank Zappa. In the CD booklet liner notes, they thank Mr. Zappa for giving them a chance “all those years ago”. The story is that Zappa heard them singing over the phone, and invited them to come to
Lately, I have been listening to The Persuasions via their 2002 CD of cover versions of The Beatles, “The Persuasions Sing The Beatles”. It sounds pretty good, an audiophile recording for the Chesky label. Certainly an eclectic selection of Beatles’ songs to cover.
Looks like The Persuasions also have ‘tribute’ albums for both U2 and The Grateful Dead. Sure haven’t seen those CD’s around, but…do acapella groups ever have their own section? Well, I suppose they would at places like Canterbury Records in
I just checked their on-line discography – looks like I am missing tons of releases by The Persuasions. Comparisons to groups like
No matter – dig up some Persuasions and listen to the harmonies, the smooth meshing of the voices.