Saturday, June 13, 2015

Covers Gallery, Vol XI: Even More Remakes, Retakes & Reimaginings

Another selection of re-interpretations, re-dos & re-vamps

1. The Other End of The Telescope – Til Tuesday’s lovely take on this Elvis Costello song, originally featured on his album All This Useless Beauty. This version is on the tribute disc Songs Of Elvis Costello: Bespoke Songs, Lost Dogs, Detours & Rendezvous.

2. Can’t Get Enough of You Baby – Smash Mouth goes retro and re-does a Question Mark & The Mysterians track. It can be found on their All Star: The Smash Hits disc.

3. Crazy Love – Paul Carrack – It’s tough to pull off a Van Morrison cover, but Carrack does a fine job on this song, originally from Van's classic Moondance. It’s on Paul's album Still Groovin’

4. I Can’t Explain - Yvonne Elliman – Yes, it’s the songstress who gave us “If I Can’t Have You” & was a cast member of Jesus Christ Superstar, playing Mary Magdelene. She rocks out on her version of this Who classic. With Pete Townshend on guitar, no less. From her disc The Best of Yvonne Elliman.

5. Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead- Bonnie Raitt - Bonnie takes on a Motown tune originally recorded by The Marvelettes, and makes it just a little more bluesy. It’s on 1971’s Bonnie Raitt, her debut disc.

6. Mutineer – a beautifully done cover of the Warren Zevon song (the title track to his 1995 album) by Jason Isbell & Amanda Squires. It’s from the Sea Songs EP.

7. White Boy Lost In The Blues – Lyle Lovett's excellent version of the Michael Franks song, from his 2012 album Release Me.

8. I Don’t Know Why I Love You – Brand New Heavies bring the funk to the table on their run through of this Steve Wonder classic. It can be heard on their compilation, The Best Of 20 Years.

9. Great Big Kiss – The New York Dolls romp through a playful take on a Shangri-Las hit, from their album Seven Day Weekend.

10. Rock & Roll – Jerry Lee Lewis covers a Led Zeppelin standard, with a little assistance from Jimmy Page on guitar. From Jerry Lee’s 2006 release Last Man Standing.

11. Sugar Sugar – Wilson Pickett takes on the Archies bubblegum classic, and truly makes it his own, bringing the song into a soulful new direction. It's on The Very Best of Wilson Pickett.

12. If I Were a Carpenter – Robert Plant's nicely understated version of Tim Hardin’s folk classic is one of the best cuts on his 1993 album Fate of Nations.

Bonus Track: You – Lisa Mychols power pops her way through a cover of this George Harrison tune. It's one of the best tracks on the tribute disc He Was Fab: A Loving Tribute To George Harrison.

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