Lyrics by E. Y. Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

Over the Rainbow--a cappella -- by Eric Wrobbel

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Since Les Paul, many recording artists have doubled (and tripled) their own voices and instruments on their recordings. Eric Wrobbel has been doing this since the 1960s, recording anonymously, pseudonymously, and, rarely, under his own name. Regardless of band name or credit, he is sometimes the only person on these multi-layered recordings. Such is the case here on this "Wizard of Oz" classic.

This superb example of songcraft has been recorded countless times through the years. No version has ever been better than Judy Garland's original, and most have paled in comparison. Rather than look for some new way to put a 'twist' on the song, as so many of these lesser versions have done, Wrobbel here eschews gimmickry and draws, obviously, from the essence of the song itself. This is why the result here is very different from those hundreds of lesser versions recorded since Garland's original. Though obviously this a cappella version differs greatly from the original, it shares that same respect for the song that the original did and because of this delivers the same emotional impact. Listen and see!

About Eric Wrobbel

This songwriter, artist, musician and humorist has written and produced hundreds of interesting tracks for himself and others in his long, eclectic career. Rarely performing live, he has almost exclusively focused his musical efforts as a studio artist, working in a wide range of styles that have variously been described as rock, folk, country, psych, humor, and pop.

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