Friday, February 8, 2013

Covers Gallery, Volume VI

Here's yet another set of covers for your listening pleasure:

1. Why Not Your Baby? – Velvet Crush covers the melancholy Dillard & Clark classic; it’s on their 1994 album Teenage Symphonies to God.

2. Guns Of Brixton – Jimmy Cliff brings out the reggae soul of this classic, originally recorded by The Clash. From 2012's Rebirth.

3. Return of The Grievous Angel - Counting Crows does a nice job with this Gram Parsons country rock number, from their 2012 collection of covers, Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation).

4. Keep on Growing - Sheryl Crow redoes the Derek & The Dominoes tune; it's from the soundtrack album to the 1995 film, Boys on the Side.

5. Never Dreamed You'd Leave Me In Summer - Phil Collins released an album of Motown covers called Going Back in 2010; this is his version of Steve Wonder's beautiful 1971 ballad.

6. Third Stone From The Sun\If You Love Me Like You Say - Gary Clark, Jr. - two covers for the price of one: the blues guitarist burns thru these songs by Jimi Hendrix & Little Johnnie Taylor. This amazing track can be found on the 2012 release, Black & Blu.

7. Femme Fatale - R.E.M. meets The Velvet Underground on this track from Dead Letter Office (1987), a collection of outtakes & rarities.

8. (They Long To Be) Close To You - The Cranberries - The alt rockers do a light, whispery version of The Carpenters hit, from the 1994 tribute album, If I Were A Carpenter, featuring mostly alternative rockers covering songs by the band.

9. Superstar\Until You Come Back To Me - Luther Vandross - The late soul singer covers the Delaney & Bonnie song (made famous by The Carpenters version) and combines it with the Stevie Wonder penned "Until You Come Back To Me," a hit for Aretha Franklin. The tender, emotional reading of these two classic hits can be found on his 1983 album, Busy Body.

10. Two Of Us - Aimee Mann & Michael Penn - The husband & wife duo perform a charming cover of The Beatles song from Let It Be; it's on the soundtrack album to the 2001 film, I Am Sam, which features Beatles covers by a variety of artists.

11. Think About Me - The New Pornographers manage to be faithful to this Fleetwood Mac track, while still giving it a bit of their own spin. From the 2012 Fleetwood Mac tribute, Just Tell Me What You Want: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac.

12. Nothing Else Matters - Illinois folk rocker Lissie does an excellent version of the Metallica song on her 2011 EP Covered Up With Flowers.

Bonus track:
You Got Lucky - The Gaslight Anthem cover the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers hit; from the 2012 release, Handwritten.

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