We’ve been hearing a lot about Q magazine’s upcoming U2 tribute these past few days, but a rival British publication has their own tribute album out now. It’s MOJO, which pays tribute to George Harrison, who died 10 years ago next month, on the Harrison Covered album. It includes a few classic covers, but most of the tracks are new, and you can listen to ‘em below.
According to the DylanCover.com database, “Blowin’ in the Wind” has been covered 1,183 times. “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” hits 1,226. “All Along the Watchtower” racks up a blistering 1,570 covers! It’s a legitimate question whether the world ever needs another version of these. “Seven Curses,” on the other hand, has only been covered 35 times. That makes it about as obscure as Bob Dylan songs get. No surprise really; though recorded in 1963, it didn’t see release until a 1991 outtakes collection. It’s definitely a “message” song in the style of a traditional folk ballad, though hints of more ambitious poetry creep in.
Well, make that 36 covers. New Orleans indie trio Hurray for the Riff Raff perform a soaring finger-picked lament, lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra’s country-weepy vocals a perfect fit for the über-depressing tune. Stream and download it below.