This week we’ve posted tributes to three of this year’s six Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Cars, Dire Straits, and Nina Simone. And lord knows we’ve posted plenty of covers of the other three over the years: Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, and “Early Influence” inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe. But to celebrate them all in one place in advance of this weekend’s induction ceremony, we thought we’d round up a few of the best covers we didn’t include in all those other features.
Bob Dylan has a long list of love ballads, but only a few that are warm and tender – the kind that, in the wrong hands, can turn a little too sweet and saccharine. One of these is “Make You Feel My Love,” from Dylan’s 1997 album, Time Out of Mind. Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond, recently released a simple arrangement of “Make You Feel My Love” as a present to her fans.
A little less than a year ago, we over here at Cover Me couldn’t help but gush over Catherine A.D.’s delicate, weep-inducing take on Bon Iver‘s “The Wolves (Act I and II).” Since then, Cover Me has stalked her page and covered five of her covers. Needless to say we’re fans and couldn’t be more excited for her next covers release. Between finishing up at university and her debut full length album that’s due out this winter, Catherine A.D. found some time to put together all of her reworkings and covers for her album Reprise.
If there is anyone out there who is familiar with how to truly cover a song it is British Singer-songwriter Catherine A.D. You might remember our posts about her previous Gaga and Bon Iver covers. Whether she’s taking on a hit pop song or a tear-jerker, Catherine A.D. always manages to turn a song into an enchanting ballad. Her new interpretation of My Brightest Diamond‘s “I Have Never Loved Someone” will make almost anyone fall in love with her.
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There’s not much to say about Radiohead’s OK Computer that hasn’t been said since it was released 14 years ago. Here at Cover Me we seem to post Radiohead cover songs almost daily. Well, the sincerest form of flattery is covering a song by an influential artist or album, right? And love it or hate it, it’s difficult to dispute the impression that OK Computer left on music. So it’s no surprise that Stereogum rounded up 12 great artists a few years ago to do a song-for-song tribute to OK Computer. Since the tribute came 10 years after the original, they titled it OKX.
Liz Janes has been a staple at iconic indie label Asthmatic Kitty for a while now, crafting beautiful indie melodies influenced by ages past. It seems only appropriate, then, that her songs should get a tribute album from her contemporaries, including several labelmates.
Some artists on Time & Space keep Liz Janes’ songs in familiar territory and others venture so far away you would never even know it was originally her song. The covers range from trippy electronica (Son Lux’s cover of “Desert,” which you can download below), to simple beauty (My Brightest Diamond taking on “Bitty Thing”), to face melting noise (Arrington de Dionyso on “Poison and Snakes”). Check out the tracklist below and go here to listen to the whole thing.