Saturday, February 11, 2012

Covers Gallery III

A third collection of covers, remakes & assorted re-inventions. Feel free to post comments or your own suggestions below.

1. The First Cut Is The Deepest by Rod Stewart from A Night on the Town. Rod covers the Cat Stevens classic; one of the best tracks from this era (1976) of his career.
2. Jimmy Loves Maryann by Josie Cotton. Cotton puts a New Wave, modern rock spin on the Looking Glass hit from the 70s, on her album From The Hip.
3. Positively 4th Street by Simply Red from Home. Excellent cover of the Bob Dylan tune, with wonderful vocals by lead singer Mick Hucknall.
4. Refugee by Melissa Etheridge from Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled. Slowed down, emotion-packed version of the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers classic, well-performed by rocker Etheridge.
5. This Land Is Your Land  by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings from Naturally. The Woody Guthrie anthem gets a little soul, courtesy of Brooklyn’s own queen (and kings) of funk. This version was used in the opening credits of the film Up In The Air.
6. A Hard Day’s Night by Ella Fitzgerald. The one and only Ella swings The Beatles. A live cut featured on Ella in Hamburg.
7. Hard To Handle by The Black Crowes. Chris Robinson and his band mates rock the groove on this Otis Redding song; from their debut album, Shake Your Moneymaker.
8. Raspberry Beret by Hindu Love Gods. The late, great Warren Zevon and R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Bill Berry & Peter Buck rock out on this version of the Prince tune, from Hindu Love Gods.
8. Billie Jean by Chris Cornell from Carry On. Another re-invention of a Michael Jackson classic, this time by the former Soundgarden frontman.
9. Istanbul by They Might Be Giants from Flood. TMBG energetically re-do The Four Lads tune from the 50’s.
10. You Can’t Hurry Love by Phil Collins from Hello, I Must be Going. Before recording an entire album’s worth of Motown covers in 2010, Collins released this cover of The Supremes hit back in 1982.
11. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Tori Amos from Little Earthquakes. Tori takes Nirvana’s grunge anthem and performs it in her own unique style.
12. Time After Time by Eva Cassidy from Time After Time. The late singer’s beautiful version of the Cyndi Lauper song was released in 2000.
13. Life on Mars? by Seu Jorge from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou soundtrack. Brazilian singer Jorge performs the David Bowie song (as well as several other Bowie classics) for Wes Anderson’s 2004 film. Jorge also played the role of Pelé dos Santos in the film.

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