The House of the Rising Sun is a traditional folk song from the USA, it was originally published in 1925 with the oldest known recording being from Tom Ashley and Gwen Foster in 1933 with the title Rising Sun Blues. It has been recorded by many artists but the best known version is probably the 1964 single version by The Animals. The original version was sung by a young woman whose life was ruined in the House of the Rising Sun after being led astray by a drunken gambler. A later version that has been performed by many singers including The Animals and this version, is sung from the perspective of a male singer whose life has been ruined by drinking and gambling to excess. Gail here gives a great blues version of the song that starts off almost a cappella start, with Gail‘s voice dominating the mix through the whole song, despite the build up in intensity of the accompaniment, and demanding to be the focus of your intention through the full dynamic range of the song.
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