Full Albums features covers of every track off a classic album. Got an idea for a future pick? Leave a note in the comments!
Yesterday we took a look at the early years of Neil Young, as represented on the first two sides of Decade (if you missed it, click here to get caught up). Today, it’s sides three and four’s turn; a dozen artists looking at a dozen classics a dozen different ways… Continue reading »
Over the past few weeks, artists have been unleashing a blizzard of Christmas covers. From live tapings to unexpected albums, these holiday presents came in all shapes and sizes. We kept up as best we could (see ‘em all here), but so many came in we couldn’t possibly post them all. So instead, we collected our favorite Christmas covers from this year in a special mixtape.
This 60-minute tape, which you can download or stream below, mixes the classics with the obscure. It includes refreshingly original covers of famous hymns and unexpected runs through buried nuggets. It finds indie up-and-comers mingling with longtime favorites.Continue reading »
You all submit so many great covers it’s hard to keep up. When we fall behind, we gather the best and brightest in a Submission Roundup.
Thanksgiving may be over, but today we want to thank all the artists who submit their music. You guys send too many covers to keep up with, so we like to round up some of our favorites before the tunes fall by the wayside. Download all the great November covers we didn’t get a chance to post about earlier!
It’s the first Monday of the month, and that means it’s time for another full album covered. Last month’s Nevermind post was probably the most popular one I’ve done, so here’s to hoping this keeps the momentum. This isn’t one of Young’s most famous albums, but it’s my favorite. It’s got the country groove, but with more balls than on Harvest. Plus, some of the songs are just badass. And once again, the nice cover on the right comes courtesy of Garrison. Now let’s get to the songs.
Jeff Tweedy – Walk On Download here
Tweedy covers this one a lot in his solo concerts, and here he’s joined by Wilco bandmate Nels Cline on dobro. It’s less rocking that the original, but instead swings gently with some nice instrumental duets interspersed. This recording comes from Chicago’s Mandel Hall in 2006.
The Byrds – See the Sky About to Rain
None of that wavering piano here, just McGuinn and co’s signature jingle-jangle guitars and harmonies. It gets a little mariachi vibe when the vocals stop, but keeps a strong beat throughout. From their final studio album, which also featured a cover of Cowgirl in the Sand.
The Waco Brothers – Revolution Blues
A pretty hardcore song already, the Wacos bring out that element even stronger with pounding drums, brash organ, and train-whistle harmonica. Incredibly aggressive, the last line of each verse especially. Does a more killer line exist than, “We’ve got 25 rifles just to keep the population down”?
The Be Good Tanyas – For the Turnstiles
A similar feel to the original, but with more lush production and great country vocals with plenty of back-up. Kind of like the Dixie Chicks, but less…bad.
Mercury Rev – Vampire Blues
The song with “blues” in the title that actually lives up to its name, it’s probably the worst track on the album by virtue of being too generic. Mercury Rev does some nice things with it though, with a buzzy Leadbelly-esq slide acoustic guitar and enough dynamic and intensity changes to keep the 12-bar blues interesting.
The Walkabouts – On the Beach
Another one of my favorites from the album, these guys (and gals) nail it with dark organ and echoey guitar riffs. Haunting from beginning to end, with a great guitar solo.
Scott Miller and the Commonwealth – Motion Pictures
Another live one here, Miller makes a full band arrangement of this acoustic number that helps keep the momentum going for seven minutes. Plenty of jamming, but with purpose in a long instrumental outro that builds and builds.
Grapefruit Ed – Ambulance Blues
Plenty of slide guitar in this live rendition of what some consider the masterpiece of the album. I wouldn’t go that far, but it does have some killer lyrics, for which this singer’s voice is perfectly suited.