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Cover versions - special album edition!

PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:51 pm
by Gordon Neill
I was just thinking (no, really), how come there aren't lots of cover versions of albums? For all those supposedy great albums, which work as an organic whole or something, there's not many cover versions of the entire things. Apart from a few ridiculous all-star attempts at Sgt Pepper's, the only proper one that I can think of is Booker T and the MGs' cover of 'Abbey Road' called 'McLemore Avenue'. And rather splendid it is. But there must be other covers of albums, surely?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:04 am
by Ian M
Ah Gordon, you've either forgotten about, or haven't heard the Easy Star All Stars, who have done Dub Side of The Moon and Radiodread (OK Computer). Both of them are great albums, no novelty stuff here, and are seriously good live.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:14 am
by Jonathan E.
A San Francisco, or at least Bay Area, jazz pianist (I think she was) did a cover of Revolver by The Beatles. You've probably heard of them. Unfortunately, I can't remember her name.

Didn't Liz Phair, or yet another woman, cover Exile On Main Street by the Band That Shall Not Be Mentioned On This Forum For Fear Of Raising The Ire Of A Certain Member's Wife And Perhaps A Few Members At That Come To Think Of It?

Which begins to raise the interesting question of why women may be more interested in covering entire albums from beginning to end?

But now I also remember that Charlie Hunter covered Natty Dread by Bob Marley — and he is a bloke. I'm even thinking that perhaps there was a whole series on Blue Note of album covers.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:00 am
by taiyo no otosan
Robyn Hitchcock has been making a bit of a habit of covering whole albums recently, but as live charity fundraisers, not as released artefacts.

So far he's done The White Album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn,....erm...and some others. He does them straight through, with a break to turn the band over at the end of side one.

All the money goes to Medicines Sans Frontiers.

Of course, I haven't actually been to any of these gigs. Perhaps I should petition him to play a Flower Travellin' Band album over here one day.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:38 am
by Dominic
Pussy Galore recorded a complete cover of Exile On Main Street, though I don't think it ever had an official release.

The Residents started an American composers series - volume 1 was George & James. Side 1 covered various Gershwin tunes, while side 2 was at least part of James Brown Live At The Apollo.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:59 pm
by Chris P
Petra Haden (Charlie Haden's daughter as u know) did her version of The Who Sell Out complete with visual cover:

PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:32 pm
by Neil Foxlee
The Easy Star All Stars have done surprisingly successful reggae covers of Dark Side of the Moon (Dub Side of the Moon) and OK Computer (Radiodread). These might just be the best covers of whole albums ever.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:55 pm
by Jonathan E.
These two recently came to me:

Camper Van Beethoven covered Tusk by Fleetwood Mac, an elephantine undertaking!

Rufus Wainwright did Judy at Carnegie Hall in its entirety, including stage patter I believe, as Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, an imaginative title I'm sure you'll agree. That's Judy Garland, btw.

Believe me, I wasn't looking for them even though I was on the road — they just appeared unbidden in my breakfast reading.

PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 4:59 pm
by Ed Howarth
I believe Laibach did a cover of 'The White Album' - I was taken by their version of 'Across The Universe' - following on from their multitudinous covers of 'Sympathy for The Devil'

PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:25 pm
by Dominic
Ed Howarth wrote:I believe Laibach did a cover of 'The White Album' - I was taken by their version of 'Across The Universe' - following on from their multitudinous covers of 'Sympathy for The Devil'

Wiki says:
"Let It Be is the fifth album by Laibach. It was released in 1988. It is a cover of the Beatles' album Let It Be recorded in Laibach style with military rhythms and choirs, though a few tracks deviate from this formula, most notably "Across the Universe". The title track is omitted and Maggie Mae is replaced by a German folk song. "For You Blue" is actually a cover of Moondog's "Crescent Moon March"."

I've got a white label of a Laibach LP, dating back to my HMV days. I think I might have listened to it once. Can't even remember if this is it.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 4:20 pm
by Ed Howarth
Sorry - obviously a little confused on this. Never really a Beatles fan, but I did remember liking Laibach's version of 'Across the Universe' - clearly got my albums confused!

PostPosted: Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:04 pm
by Rob Hall
I've just remembered another contender for this thread: Chuck Prophet's "Dreaming Waylon's Dreams", which is Chuck's reworking of Waylon Jenning's "Dreaming My Dreams With You".

You can read the story of the album's creation, and listen to it, here. I'm particularly fond of the title song, and Chuck's cover of it is very fine, to my ears.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:29 pm
by Neil Foxlee
Another reggae contender: I Roy's Ten Commandments (Front Line), which uses recuts of Marley's Exodus (you can guess what the lyrics are inspired by). This has never been reissued by Virgin (problems with the Marley estate?) and I didn't pick it up at the time, so if anyone has a copy, please send a personal message.

It sounds great - see AMG review: ... fwxqygld6e

and here's a taster:

PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:13 pm
by joel
The Ryukyu Beatles - Soul Gakudan


An album of straight-ahead Beatles covers done in Traditional Okinawan style.

Track listing as follows:

So not an album cover per se, but an album length hommage.

Listened to a little of this in Tower last night and, rather surprisingly, enjoyed it. However, I didn't buy the album, because of doubts about how well it would stand up over an hour's continuous listening. There's only one way to find out I suppose...