Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Discovering "Rediscovering Eddy Arnold"
I've been listening to Eddy Arnold for almost 50 years. My grandfather was a huge fan and along with the great 45s of The Beatles, Beach Boys, Four Seasons and The Drifters he let me play with, were no less than a dozen Eddy Arnold records.
Last year, Plowboy Records, a label out of Nashville founded by Arnold's grandson Shannon Pollard and Dead Boy Cheetah Chrome, released "You Don't Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold," a 19 song tribute featuring artists as diverse as Alejandro Escovedo, Mandy Barnett, Jason Isbell, Pokey Lafarge, Frank Black and Peter Noone covering many of Arnold's classics to celebrate his 95th birthday.
I finally got around to listening to this baby and man, this is one terrific collection. It might help if you love these songs as much I as do, and I'm sure some of you do. "Anytime," "Cattle Call," "Make The World Go Away," and "It's A Sin" are crossover classics. But this collection works because the artists stay faithful enough to the originals and still put their own marks on their contributions. With one painful exception, sorry Bebe Buell, there isn't a bad track on this record.
I couldn't find too much on YouTube other than some "making of" videos and a few live performances, but for those who are not afraid of Spotify, here is a small sampler.