Monday, April 03, 2017

Libera - Cheryl Porter

Disco tune Libera was the 1977 Eurovision entry for Italy by Mia Martini. (13th place)
Here's a new version by Cheryl Porter from her 2016 album La Mia Mina, a tribute to Mia Martini and Mina. Love it! And anyone who tributes the two greatest Italian singers ever is ace by me.

Mia Martini (1947-1995) recorded her Libera in Italian, English, Spanish and French*.
All (except Italian) can be found on the Mia Martini compilation Stranieri (2014), two CDs highlighting her international recordings.
She entered Eurovision again in 1992 with the majestic Rapsodia (ending 4th).

Libera hasn't been covered much, I only know about a few versions from 1977

Libera coverversions
Ami Aspelund - Vapaana (Finnish)
- 7'' (Scandia KS 986) / LP Huipulla 12 Eurovisio Special 1977 (V.A.)
Seija Simola - Vapaana (Finnish)
- 7" (RCA Victor PB 9079) / LP Soittele (V.A.)
Perla - Livre (Portuguese)
- LP Perla (1977) (RCA 1030219)
Perla - Libre (Spanish)
- LP Perla para los que han amado (RCA 99111319)
Perla is a singer from Brazil (Born in Paraguay) who recorded several surprising Eurovision songs in Portuguese and Spanish. Find out more about her here at this Eurocovers post from 2008.
Peter Jörgensen (Finland, Instrumental)
- LP Eurooppa to hits (Blu master label)

Mia Martini Facebook
Cheryl Porter Facebook

* A question: Has anyone ever located a 1977 (single) release of the French version. I know it was released on the 2003 compilation Canzoni Segreti, but was it known before that?

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