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  • Although this Jacques Brel song was apparently first recorded in English by Scott Walker, the definitive version has to be that put out by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. In John Neil Munro's biography of Harvey, he is said to have introduced this song as a tango, "the type your mother and me used to do together!" The eponymous album was released November 9, 1973.
  • The original version, "Au Suivant" in French, is written with a forthrightness typical of Brel, but the translation is even more explicit. In December 1973, Harvey appeared with his band on the BBC music program The Old Grey Whistle Test where they played "Faith Healer," and, accompanied by 3 masked violinists, gave a mesmerizing performance of "Next." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

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