Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sandra van Nieuwland - Venus @ De Vorstin, Hilversum, Netherlands 05/04/2013

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You probably do know the song, but you don't know it's of Dutch origin. Venus by Shocking Blue (original videoclip here) was a giant hit in 1969 and once again in 1986 after Bananarama covered it. Sung by the late Mariska Veres (who died of cancer in 2006) Venus probably is one of the most succesful songs in Dutch history of pop music.

Why am I writing all this? Because during the concert I recorded from a lucky close distance with my Nokia 808 PureView, Sandra van Nieuwland and her band brought her own version of the song. And since it's so well-known still, I figured you would like to see the complete recording I made.

I really like her voice, but the most important reasons to share this video are how the Nokia 808 PureView handles the dark atmosphere on stage and - once more - the incredible quality Rich Recording.

The band is playing really loud, the camera sometimes has a hard time focussing because of the smoke, but the stereo sound remains crystal clear as ever. So here is an 44 year old song I guess we all know in a new version. I hope you'll enjoy it!

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