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Covering the Beatles

19 Apr

Everybody’s Got Something to Hide (Except for me and my Monkey) – The Feelies

Taxman – Little Junior Parker

Come Together – The Israelites

Across the Universe – Rufus Wainwright

Yesterday – Roosevelt Grier

Tomorrow Never Knows – Michael Hedges

Drive My Car – Diego Palaez

Two of Us – Aimee Mann and Michael Penn

Martha My Dear – Brad Mehldhau

Kon Togethy – Bugotak


10 More Covers

20 Mar

Again, thanks go out the consistently good Cover Freak blog for many of these great covers.

You Really Got a Hold on Me (The Miracles) – She & Him

Walk This Way (Aerosmith) – Sheliyah

Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey) – Petra Haden

Heart of Glass (Blondie) – The Puppini Sisters

I am I Said (Neil Diamond) – Bunny Rugs and the Upsetters

Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry) – Archie Roach

Taxman (The Beatles) – Little Junior Parker

Miss You (The Rolling Stones) – Jacqui Naylor

Suzanne (Leonard Cohen) – Peter Gabriel

The Beautiful Ones (Prince) – Dump

You Can’t Judge a Song By Its Cover

6 Oct

Addicted to Love (Robert Palmer) – Florence and the Machine

Crimson and Clover (Tommy James and the Shondells) – Laramie

I Am I Said (Neil Diamond) – Bunny Rugs and the Upsetters

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) (Otis Redding) – Cat Power

Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes) – Nostalgia 77

Creep (Radiohead) – Karen Souza

You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (The Miracles) – She & Him

Mr. Grieves (The Pixies) – TV On The Radio

On The Run (Pink Floyd) – Flaming Lips

One of These Days (Pink Floyd) – Men of Porn

Whole Lotta MP3s

15 Jul

Party Ben

Mashups are best one at a time and this one will satisfy of your mashup needs for a long time.(mp3)

King Curtis

I’ve always thought that the best MP3 blogs inspire you to go out and buy the whole album. Do yourself a favor, go out and buy King Curtis and Aretha Franklin at the Fillmore. Now. (mp3)

Sam Bush Band

Where do I start on this one? Well, you already know this mp3 will include “A Whole Lotta Love” which kinda ruins the surprise. That those of us at the 2008 Telluride Bluegrass Festival didn’t have a clue. I still get chills listening to it.(mp3)

Ben Harper

I have a love/hate relationship with Ben Harper’s version. (mp3)

Led Zeppelin – 1970

A relatively short (6:23) version from Zeppelin playing in 1970, a year after the song was introduced on their second album. Robert Plant leads the Royal Albert Hall in a brief call and response before launching into a thunderous closing.(mp3)

Dread Zeppelin

I don’t care what you say, I like Dread Zeppelin.(mp3)

Led Zeppelin – 1971

Zeppelin begins to stretch the song out here in 1971 at the Paris Theater in London, recorded in front of only 400 for John Peel’s “In Concert” show for Radio One. They veer off into Let that Boy Boogie, Fixin’ to Die Blues, That’s Alright Mama, For What It’s Worth, Mess of Blues, and Honey Bee before returning to Whole Lotta Love.(mp3)

The Bobs

You’d think that suffering through four years of listening to self satisfied guys singing in unison at a preppy East Coast university would turn me off to a cappella altogether. Well, it did. Except, of course, for San Francisco’s own, The Bobs. They pretty much rock.(mp3)

Led Zeppelin – 1973

22 minutes of a Whole Lotta Love at Southampton University in 1973. The now obligatory medley includes Everybody Needs Someone To Love, Let That Boy Boogie, and You’re So Square and even I Can’t Quit You Baby.

An Extra Special Bonus

If you’ve gotten this far, you must really love “Whole Lotta Love.” Well, your love is about to be tested. If you can make it through this version of the song I will surely buy you a beer.(mp3)


14 Jan

Of all the movies based on songs (Sgt. Peppers, Pretty Woman, Blue Velvet, Stand By Me, etc.), Terry Gilliam’s Brazil is by far my favorite. I first heard the song, not in the movie, but on one my dad’s Herbie Mann LPs. Here are ten of my favorites, including two from the movie, one doo wop version, a couple jazz versions, one bluegrass, one crooner, and one from the Three Tenors.

Michael Karmen – Brazil Motion Picture Soundtrack The Coasters Chick Corea Bela Fleck and Chick Corea Grant Green
Herbie Mann Frank Sinatra Geoff Muldaur – Brazil Motion Picture Soundtrack Asylum Street Spankers José Carreras/Luciano Pavarotti/Plácido Domingo Cornelius

Blues Brothers’ Crib Sheet

20 Sep

Under the direction of the soulless Paul Schaffer and with the help of original Stax session men Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Cropper, and Willie Hall the Blues Brothers played a mixed bag of cover tunes, always acknowledging their sources when played live. At their best, the Blues Brothers made you feel like you had been invited to a Saturday Night Live after party, exposing you to some great soul music and encouraging you to seek out the original tunes. At their worst, the Blues Brothers played coked-up obliterations of some truly great music. So, here are some of the originals, featured in Briefcase Full of Blues, and the soundtrack to their first movie.

I Can’t Turn You Loose-Otis Redding

Messin’ With the Kid-Junior Wells

Rubber Biscuit – The Chipps

Groove Me-King Floyd

Soul Man-Sam & Dave

Flip, Flop & Fly-Downchild Blues Band

Peter Gunn-Henry Mancini >

Shake Your Tailfeather-Bobby and James Purify

Sweet Home Chicago-Robert Johnson

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love-Solomon Burke

8 Versions of Iron Man

29 Apr

There are handful of rock and roll songs that you can tell simply from the first note or chord. Back in Black, Communication Breakdown, and Satisfaction are three that come to mind. However, the single greatest first note belongs to Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi and the bendy e. After hearing that note, you know that it can be no other song. So, in honor of the new movie coming out this weekend, here are a few beautiful, fun and ludicrous versions of Black Sabbath’s possible homage to one of the most flawed Marvel super hero: Iron Man.

The Original

From their April 4, 1974 show, immortalized on the “Cannabis Confusion” bootleg

From the New Year’s show 2003. It doesn’t quite make sense until you realize that they’re accompanied by a full marching band that just emerged from a small clown car on stage.

The Bad Plus

The Cardigans

Giant Sand

Opium Jukebox

Vitamin Lounge

Interestingly, most of the covers don’t include the first note.