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Subject: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: cinnabon on 10/01/07 at 5:31 pm

I just heard the Pet Shop Boys version of this song on one of my digital music channels and I think their version is OK but in this case I'm more partial to the Willie Nelson version - IMO the song works better as a slow ballad than as an upbeat dance tune ( I think all their other songs are great though)  :)

Of course "Always on my Mind" was done previously by Elvis Presley in the 70's and there were also earlier versions by other artists as well.

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: nally on 10/01/07 at 5:44 pm

Personally, I like the Pet Shop Boys' version the best. It's more catchy to me.

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 10/01/07 at 5:55 pm

I don't care for the song, so I had to vote 'neither'...

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: Paul on 10/01/07 at 5:58 pm


Of course "Always on my Mind" was done previously by Elvis Presley in the 70's and there were also earlier versions by other artists as well.


Elvis was the reason that the PSB's came to record it...when the 10th anniversary of his death came round in 1987, a host of acts were featured in a British TV special performing some of Elvis's songs...of course, the PSB's were red-hot at the time, so it was hardly surprising when their (re-recorded) version was launched as a single at the end of that year (highly successful too...#1 in the UK, #4 US)

Yet for all that, it was Brenda Lee who first recorded the song...and she never gets a mention!  ::)

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: Midas on 10/01/07 at 9:50 pm

I like both versions.  The PSB version gets played often on my mixshow.

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: ladybug316 on 10/01/07 at 10:49 pm

I'll go with the Pet Shop Boys version and that's only if I couldn't change the dial to something else.

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: whistledog on 10/01/07 at 11:59 pm

PSB.  The Willie Nelson version is good, but listen to much, and it seems boring

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 10/02/07 at 12:17 am

Willie, of course.

PSB got it wrong.  Uptempo coerced.  You can't force a disco beat on a song that doesn't want to go there.  Prime example of this is Donna Summer's disco version of Jimmy Webb's "MacArthur Park "(produced by Giorgio Moroder), but that was cool because it was such a horrendous song to start with!
:D

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 10/02/07 at 1:18 pm

Pet Shop Boys (one of my favorite songs)

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/02/07 at 1:25 pm

Willie Nelson

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: Ashkicksass on 10/02/07 at 4:45 pm

I like the Pet Shop Boys version.

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: JamieMcBain on 10/02/07 at 10:15 pm

Both.

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: woops on 10/02/07 at 10:46 pm

Pet Shop Boys

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: gumbypiz on 10/02/07 at 11:28 pm

Oh man, I don't believe I'm admitting this but, neither.

Willie is OK, and the PSB cover is a bit cold.so gotta give it to Elvis  :o,

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: danootaandme on 10/04/07 at 7:00 am

Willie sings it like he means it

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/04/07 at 7:09 am

I would like to hear the Brenda Lee version of Always on My Mind.

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 10/04/07 at 6:03 pm

This song has a lot of meaning in it, and of course, it comes across more natural when it's done acoustically. I do like the Pet Shop Boy's version, but it's way too much pop for a song that is trying to be endearing.

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: K.M. Richards on 10/04/07 at 6:32 pm

Has to be PSB for me, but Willie's take on it is pleasant to listen to when I'm in the mood.

Subject: Re: Always on My Mind - Willie Nelson or Pet Shop Boys?

Written By: NbC on 10/08/07 at 12:27 am

Really don't care for the song but the Pet Shop Boys version is easier to listen to.

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