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WE GOT YOU COVERED…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2015 by TheManicBlogger

Well, it seems that everyone likes a great cover tune. So do we. And so, we compiled a short list of cover tunes that we think are better than the originals. There are more, but these are some of our favorites.

 

 

A way cool psychedelic rock version of the Burt Bacharach song, previously covered by The Shirelles & The Beatles. The organ is wonderful, and Gayle McCormick‘s vocals are insanely good.

 

 

 

Harry Nilsson‘s 1971 version of the Pete Ham/Tom Evans song which originally appeared on Badfinger‘s 1970 album, ‘No Dice‘. No one does this like Nilsson!

 

 

 

 

A progressive rock version of Sinon & Garfunkel‘s ‘America’. Released on Yes‘ 1975 ‘Yesterdays‘, and a 1972 Atlantic Records Sampler, ‘New Age Of Atlantic‘. The guitar is dynamite. Incredibly Yes.

 

 

 

Sonny Curtis‘ 1959 Crickets release ‘I Fought The Law‘, immortalized in 1966 by The Bobby Fuller Four, and Punked up by The Clash on their 1979 release ‘The Cost Of Living‘. Wonderfully addictive!

 

 

 

 

The best version of Leonard Cohen‘s ‘Hallelujah‘, and Jeff Buckley well, being Jeff Buckley. Magical!

 

 

 

One of our favorite Bob Segarini tracks, is this cover of Slade‘s 1974 ‘When The Lights Are Out‘, which appears on Segarini’s 1978 ‘Gotta Have Pop‘. The album title says it all…

 

 

 

 

 

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THE MINNOWS-Live At The Belfast Barge

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minnows1There are Irish bands I like, and Irish bands I really like. I like U2, The Pogues, and The Cranberries. I really like Them, Thin Lizzy,  The Boomtown Rats, and The Minnows. Originally called Tiberius Minnows, which I like to believe is in homage to the captain of the USS Enterprise, James Tiberius Kirk, this band released several singles and EPs from the late 80s and into 2007. In 2008, now called The Minnows, they released their full length album, Leonard Cohen’s Happy Compared To Me.. It was a great surprise and thrill to find Live At The Belfast Barge. This 10 track album contains songs both old and new.

The album opens with “Roonkin“, filled with great guitar, a wonderful bass line and cool vocals. The effects add another dimension to this pop-rock song, with stellar vocals that be-cry “Oh no, I forgot my guitar. I don’t know how I got this far“. The melody and harmonies are dynamite and the changes rock. One of those songs I wish was 3 minutes longer. The previously unreleased “What Was I Supposed To Do” contains incredible horns and strings sounds and opens with bongo playing. An amazing melody, powerful vocals and a way cool guitar riff, make this one of my favorite ballads of all time.”The Steepest Hill” has great harmonies, and nice electronic effects. The transitions and changes add to the melancholy feel that underlies this track. With cello and bells, “Baby Blue” displays unique instrumentation within a great melody. The way cool guitar solo doesn’t hurt. minnows2September 25” opens with acoustic guitar, and demonstrates amazing song construction. The melody and changes are great, and there is another very cool guitar solo. The Leonard Cohen vocal style of “Why Don’t You Phone Me Anymore“, adds to the great strings effect and wonderful bridge. The melody rocks, and the reference to Sinatra‘s  “My Way“, perfectly suits the male chorus ending. The pop song with an 80’s feel, “Another Rainy Day“, offers a sweet melody, nice harmonies, and wonderful changes and transitions. The harmonized vocals are exceptional.  “Free Man Freeman“, a folky song, has a great melody. The harmonies again, dynamite and the guitar riff, sweet. The synthesizer and great “chain gang” vocalization as the song ends, kill. “Sailing On” has cool synthesizer effects, a sweet melody, and great changes and transitions. The vocals and harmonies are wonderful, and the guitar riff rocks. Add an outstanding chorus and  wonderful strings at the end, and you have a great rock song. Not often does a 20 year old song still kick ass, unless you’re The Beatles. However, “Time Flies” is still an incredible pop song with a rock edge. The amazing melody drifts over great synthesizer. The wonderful harmonies, great bridge, and dynamite hook, nail it. This should  have been an anthem for that generation of disenfranchised youth, or at least, an Irish Football fight song.

photoAside from Yessongs, Waiting For Columbus and The Last Waltz, I have never been a big fan of live albums but I have to add Live At The Belfast Barge to the list of great live albums. The songs are as wonderful as I remember them, and they stand up to the passage of time. The band is insanely cohesive, and the musicianship, extraordinary. I have spent the past week immersed in The Minnows and I can tell you that swimming with the fishes is not a bad thing. This is a must for your collection.

Check out The Minnows:  http://https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Minnows/131768390195614, and get this album. You have until March 15/2014 to go to the band’s facebook page, click LIKE and download the album for FREE.

 

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TESS PARKS-Work All Day/Up All Night

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tp3I am not really sure what happened, but I suppose that I must have been asleep for the past few years. When I woke, there was Toronto’s own Tess Parks, with an EP, Work All Day/Up All Night released in February 2013, and an LP to be released November 2013. Not certain how I missed this, but boy, am I glad that I found it.

tp1The EP contains 6 incredible tracks destined to soothe your soul and blow your mind. From “Life Is But A Dream“, with its great vocal effects and ethereal guitar, and “Fork Tongue” which gives us an amazing 1967-1969 San Francisco sound with echo and reverb, taking me back to “Psychotic Reaction”. There is a cover of the PsychoticsIf You Don’t Believe Me, Don’t“, which has some of the best reverb guitar I have heard in a long time. “High School” delivers Leonard Cohen like vocals-more spoken than sung, and a sound that seems to have been recorded under water. No, really. Check it out!. “Ego Killer” continues with wonderful vocal and guitar effects, and a very cool riff. In “Spaced On The Commons“, the vocals seem to emanate from under the instrumentation, like a weird dream or a very cool trip. The guitar is again devestatingly cool and there are elements of The Doors, “The End.

tp4Tess Parks & The Good People will be releasing an album, Blood Hot, November 18, 2013. i can’t wait. She is the real deal! Incredibly talented and hot as hell.  I was able to hear “Open Your Mind” from the album and it does not disappoint.  A little rockier than Work All Day/Up All Night, but continuing with the psych-rock sound. More melodic, it has great harmonies and amazing transitions.

The album will be released on Alan McGee’s 359 Music, in association with Cherry Hill Records. For those of you who don’t know, McGee was formerly head of Creation Records and was involved with Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, and Oasis.  Not bad credentials.

Work All Day/Up All Night is amazing 1960’s Psych-Rock. With an edge. Sort of Psych-Punk. Every track is like a substance induced jam session, and I love it. The layered vocal tracks, shared by Tess and Thom Huhtala, and the varied musical textures create a feeling of weightlessness, of floating. This EP is a flashback for those who were there the 1st time. If you missed it, well, you have another chance. So go ahead. Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream…

http://tessparks.bandcamp.com/

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