Friday, October 3, 2008
"COVERS": THE WEEKEND MIX--FROM ME TO YOU #5
Aerosmith does James Brown? In the words of Sarah Palin, "You betcha!" Steve Earle does Nirvana? In the words of Sarah Palin, "Doggone it ~wink~ he sure does!" Maria McKee does Mott The Hoople? The Staple Singers do Talking Heads? COVER VERSIONS never fail to get attention. Most are never better than the original, at least I don't think so, but there are exceptions, like John Wesley Harding covering Madonna.
Here's BURNING WOOD'S Weekend Mix of some of my personal favorites. I know some purists will send me the proverbial eyeroll by way of a snarky comment regarding the radical arrangements of such classics as The Supremes "Come See About Me," or Aerosmith's pre-"Dream On" take on the Godfather Of Soul, but the truth is, as untouchable as some of these original versions are, I find myself going back to the cover versions a lot more.
Listening to real southern man John Boutte's emotional reading of Neil Young changed that song for me forever. Or how about jazz producer Bob Belden's big tympani arrangement on Dianne Reeves reading of "Tomorrow Never Knows?" Genius! Marshall Crenshaw helping the non-believers realize it's ok to like Abba. Al Green? Is he talking about his English teacher or Jesus Christ? Or David Byrne covering one hit wonder Crystal Waters' novelty hit "Gypsy Woman." He might as well have written it. Or the big Broadway finish The Posies tack on to The Five Stairsteps' "Ooh Child." Triumphant!
If you want it, here it is, come and get it.
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HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND.
I Saw the Light - Lori Carson
Come See About Me- The Afghan Whigs
Return To Sender-Roy Loney
Southern Man- John Boutte
Drift Away- The Rolling Stones
Slippery People- The Staple Singers
I'm A Believer- Bram Tchaikovsky
Like A Prayer- John Wesley Harding
Breed- Steve Earle
Gypsy Woman- David Byrne
Knowing Me, Knowing You- M. Crenshaw
I Wish I Was Your Mother- Maria McKee
Gentle On My Mind - Lucinda Williams
To Sir With Love- Al Green
I Got You Babe- Holly & Joey
Tomorrow Never Knows -Dianne Reeves
Mother Popcorn - Aerosmith
Ooh Child -The Posies