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Neruda, The Dirty Version

Posted by Geoff Edgers  January 19, 2007 11:51 AM

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Is "Neruda Songs," the heart-wrenchingly beautiful collaboration between the Liebersons and the Levines, as smutty as Sheena Easton's "Sugar Walls?"

A reader wondered that after his experience looking up the album on iTunes.

"... next to the jacket photograph, there were the words "clean lyrics." I was puzzled as to what this could possibly mean, but clicking on the words brought me to "The use of the Clean Lyrics label is to differentiate the edited version of an album or song whose content has been modified from its original form so that it does not require the Parental Advisory Label." I'm curious as to how this was done; were two versions recorded at the time, or is some sort of sophisticated electronic bleeping involved? Does the BSO under Levine customarily permit or facilitate this sort of editing?"

We were intrigued, not only by the idea of the mix-master maestro pumping out explicit orchestral arrangements - and we don't mean Milton Babbitt - but by the potential return of Tipper Gore's PMRC. Fear not, youngsters. It turns out this is some misunderstanding.

"That is a mistake," writes Nonesuch's Melissa Cusick. "There is no explicit version of Neruda Songs. We're contacting iTunes to try to get the error fixed."

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