More goodies for you this week – well, two of them are mine, so I would say that, wouldn’t I? To prevent any further indulgences on my part please send all your lovely worms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks to all contributors.
Tom Waits – Face to the Highway – CaroleBristol: Bad As Me was Tom Waits’ most recent album, released in 2011. I don’t own a physical copy, but I do have it as a bunch of MP3s, sent to me by a sadly-deceased friend. I was listening to it last week and this tune got stuck in my head. I like the lazy, bluesy, loping riff and the guitar work, which I think is by Marc Ribot.
Eric Johnson – Paperback Writer – Ravi Raman: Last week somebody suggested this Beatles song and this cover popped into my head. His take actually starts about midway. From one of those rare and wonderful Internet releases that make sense for a long time.
John Lennon – John Sinclair – tincanman: In America in the ‘60s The Man could sling you in jail for 10 years just for holding two fatties, as happened to poet John Sinclair. Decriminalization/legalization is completed or underway in much of the US, Canada and the UK though, so you can all exhale now. Or inhale. (The UK? Where??! Ed.)
Donovan – Catch the Wind – goneforeign: A pop hit from the mid ’60’s, I remember thinking at the time that he was trying to emulate Dylan. If you really listen it’s not very good, lots of room for improvement particularly the harmonica. (Thanks to bethnoir for reminding me that it was Donovan’s 70th birthday on 10 May – Ed).
Disturbed – The Sound of Silence – AliM: Disturbed is an American heavy metal / hard rock band from Chicago. This Simon and Garfunkel cover is from their 2015 album Immortalized – my friend posted it on FB and I thought I would hate it, but David Draiman’s vocal is superb, swelling towards a dramatic climax. See what you think.
Crippled Black Phoenix – Echoes pt.1: AliM: Earworms seemed a bit short this week so I am indulging myself with 19.19 minutes of this cover version of Pink Floyd’s Echoes part 1, incorporating all sorts. It shouldn’t work, and yet …
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