Friday, May 31, 2013

Covers Gallery, Volume VII

Another collection of covers, remakes & re-inventions:

1. The Tracks of My Tears – Johnny Rivers – A great performer who masterfully re-interpreted the music of other artists on several classic albums from the mid to late 60s. This version of the Smokey Robinson & The Miracles hit is on his fine 1967 disc, Rewind.

2. Leaving On A Jet Plane - My Morning Jacket brings out the pathos in this John Denver tune, made famous by Peter, Paul & Mary. This excellent cut is from a tribute disc entitled The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver (2013).

3. Always Something There To Remind Me – Naked Eyes take the Burt Bacharach\Hal David standard (recorded by Dionne Warwick, among others) into new territory: 80s synth pop heaven. From their 1983 disc Naked Eyes.

4. Do Right Woman – The Flying Burrito Brothers do very right by Aretha Franklin with this re-invented, countrified version of the Queen of Soul's classic, from 1969’s The Gilded Palace of Sin.

5. Different Drum – The Lemonheads cover this Mike Nesmith penned song, best remembered for the hit Linda Ronstadt/Stone Poneys version. From the compilation The Best of The Lemonheads: The Atlantic Years (1998).

6. I Fought The Law - The Clash power through The Bobby Fuller Four hit - from The Clash (1979), the U.S. version of their debut disc, actually released after Give 'Em Enough Rope in the U.S.

7. Something - Frank Sinatra covers what he supposedly called his “favorite Lennon-McCartney song” (it was written by George Harrison, Mr. Sinatra) From the 2000 compilation My Way: The Best of Frank Sinatra.

8. Break On Through – Stone Temple Pilots do a nice job with this Doors cover, from 2000's Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors.

9. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon - Urge Overkill brings a dark edge to this Neil Diamond tune: from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, released in 1994.

10. Anna (Go To Him) – The Beatles smoothly re-do this Arthur Alexander classic, from Please Please Me (1963).

11. Sea Of Love - from The Covers Record (2000) - a spare, acoustic version of the Phil Phillips ballad by Cat Power. You might remember the hit cover by The Honeydrippers (featuring Robert Plant) released in 1984.

12. Not Fade Away - The Rolling Stones rock out on this cover of the Buddy Holly original, from the album The Rolling Stones: England's Newest Hit Makers (1964).

Bonus Track: Love On A Two Way Street – Boz Scaggs - Good version of The Moments 1970 soul gem, from his most recent disc, Memphis (2013).

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