Thursday, March 10, 2011


Since Jac Holzman is being inducted in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, I thought it would be apropos to post the out of print 1990 Rubaiyat collection from Holzman's Elektra label. The set features Elektra artists at the time covering Elektra artists from (mostly) the 60s and 70s. While it's not a perfect collection, the choice cuts, interesting oddities and guilty pleasures outweigh the dross (I'll let the listeners decide which is which. :) It's a two disc collection, but just one (large) download.

Late update: has Rubaiyat: The Originals which is the versions by the original Elektra artists. Nice!

Even later update: I've uploaded Rubaiyat: The Originals, but I think it might be it missing
a couple of tracks because it's such a big file.

Hello I Love You The Cure
House Of The Rising Sun Tracy Chapman
Seven & Seven Is Billy Bragg
I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing Jevetta Steele
Hotel California Gipsy Kings
Werewolves Of London The Black Velvet Band
Motorcycle Mama Sugarcubes
One Meatball Shinehead
Bottle Of Wine The Havalinas
Born In Chicago Pixies
You're So Vain Faster Pussycat
Marquee Moon Kronos Quartet
Get Ourselves Together Phoebe Snow
Tokoloshe Man Happy Mondays
Let's Go Ernie Isley
Going Down Lynch Mob
A Little Bit Of Rain Ambitious Lovers
You Belong To Me Anita Baker
Road To Cairo Howard Jones
Kick Out the Jams The Big F
Almost Saturday Night / Rockin' All Over the World The Georgia Satellites
Hello, I Am Your Heart Sara Hickman
Make it With You Teddy Pendergrass
The Blacksmith Linda Ronstadt
Going Going Gone Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz & Bill Frisell
First Girl I Loved Jackson Browne
These Days 10,000 Maniacs
Stone Cold Crazy Metallica
Apricot Brandy Danny Gatton
Union Man Shaking Family
One More Parade They Might Be Giants
I Can't Tell You Why Howard Hewett
Mt. Airy Groove Leaders Of The New School
You Brought The Sunshine Shirley Murdock
Inbetween Days John Eddie
Love Wars The Beautiful South
Both Sides Now Michael Feinstein
T.V. Eye John Zorn
Hello, I Love You [Slight Return] The Cure


bubba said...

Recently downloaded this elsewhere (will d/l yours and compare bitrate/quality).

The music is excellent, this collection is amazing...
I love the groove of "Almost Saturday Night" ... and Kronos Qrt doing Television! etc. etc.


Don said...

I have the 2nd half of this set, the original recordings. Are you interested? Like this set, it is uneven, but usually oin different songs. I could post it tonight.

Ishkabibliophile said...

Last time I checked (which may have been a while ago), it wasn't on the net. More the merrier, right. :)

Yes, I'd be very interested to hear the 2nd half - had no idea there even was one. Will it be at

Don said...

Yes, sorry to drift off like that. I was distracted by a set of uploads for next Friday that are taking days to execute.

It wasn't my intention to promote my blog and I'm afraid they'll be mistaken for a duplicate of what you just posted. But I decided that it would be annoying for you to get repost requests for links that you didn't create.

Because of the ongoing upload of the files I mentioned previously, the post will not be complete until 4 hours after the timestamp you see below this comment - about 22:00 my time. It should show up in your sidebar when completed.

shadreck said...

Thanks for this intriguing set of covers. Looking forward to hearing them all.

Let's Find H-Man A Wife said...

Most interesting collection; keep up the good work, please.

Ishkabibliophile said...


Glad you like it. And you should definitely check out the originals at Don's site

Anonymous said...

Any chance you can put this on MegaUplaod? It's a 1 hour download on SendSpace. Thanks.

Ishkabibliophile said...


See the late update above.

LakerCrazy said...

Thanks Ish...I can't believe I missed this one. Links seem to be good...but "try-to-be-amused.blogspot" seems to be kaput. Hope everything is good in your world. Thanks Again

Ishkabibliophile said...


Since trytobeamusedblogspot is kaput, I uploaded Rubaiyat: The Originals. The link is in the updated post.

Anonymous said...

I think that the link is wrong. It contains "On the right side of 2012"

Ishkabibliophile said...

Oops. Just fixed it.