(If Paradise) Is Half as Nice

"(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice" is a popular 1968 song originally written by the Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Battisti[1] for La Ragazza 77, alias Ambra Borelli, in 1968 as "Il paradiso della vita" ("The paradise of the life"), and later in 1969 for Patty Pravo as "Il Paradiso" ("The paradise").

Amen Corner version[]

The song was translated into English by Jack Fishman.[1] When it was offered to The Tremeloes as a potential single, they rejected it. Dave Clark 5 also wanted to record it and they did record the song. It was also recorded by Amen Corner as their debut single for their new record label, Immediate Records, and was produced by Shel Talmy.[1] The most successful of the band's six hit singles, it reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in February 1969,[2] and number 34 when it was reissued in 1976.[3] There are two differing versions of the song by Amen Corner; one with orchestra and a prominent horn through the middle eight, and one version without either. However, the basic track and vocals appear the same in both.[citation needed]

Toby Jug version[]

The song was covered by Toby Jug and released in Australia in 1970, where it peaked at number 65.[4]

Cover Versions[]

References[]

  1. ^ a b c "Amen Corner – (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 229. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 22. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 311. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Rosetta Stone (2) – (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Cheryl Baker – If Paradise Is Half As Nice (Vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.