Thursday, March 26, 2015

Covered in Beatles

        I fully realize that a compilation of Beatles covers is more than a bit obvious, but I just happened to listen to two truly inspired covers within days of each others a couple of months back: Wendell Stuart and the Downbeaters' "Hey Jude" and Bill Withers "Let it Be".   Hence, I just had to do Brazilian/Reggae and Soul Beatles covers compilations.  There's not quite as many obscurities - especially with respect to the soul covers- as I usually like to include in my cover comps (and I do know that Let 'Em In was not a Beatles song), but, hopefully, folks will like them.

Brazilian and Reggae Covers

Help Caetano Veloso
Minha Vida (In My Life) Rita Lee
And I Love Her Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
Here Comes The Sun Peter Tosh
With A Little Help From My Friends Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
Ob La Di Ob La Da Ken Lazarus
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (feat. Junior Jazz) Easy Star All-Stars
Lady Madonna Rogrio Duprat
You Won't See Me Ernie Smith
The Fool On The Hill Gal Costa
Come Together The Israelites
Isn't It A Pity Nicky Thomas
Blackbird Singing Rosalyn Sweat & The Paragons
Norwegian wood Milton Nascimento
Don't Let Me Down Charlotte Dada
Jude Wendell Stuart & The Downbeaters

I Want To Hold Your HandAl Green
We Can Work It OutStevie Wonder
Let 'Em InBilly Paul
Good Day SunshineRoy Redmond
Eleanor RigbyAretha Franklin
Why Don't We Do It In The Road?Lowell Fulsom
A Hard Day's NightThe Bar-Kays
I Want YouEddie Hazel
Drive My CarBlack Heat
Got To Get You Into My LifeChris Clark
Day TripperOtis Redding
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My MonkeyFats Domino
SomethingIsaac Hayes
My Sweet LordEdwin Starr
YesterdaySmokey Robinson & The Miracles
Let It BeBill Withers

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Let's Fall in Love All Over Again With Johnny Hartman and Billy Paul

      I was listening to Billy Paul's great album Ebony Woman and thinking how overlooked he is today (save, of course, Me and Mrs. Jones).  He's 79 and may even still perform once in a while so I'd much rather give him an homage while he's still around.  Naturally, I decided to pair him up with another overlooked balladeer, albeit of the jazz variety, Johnny Hartman.


I See The Light Billy Paul
These Foolish Things Johnny Hartman
Let's Stay Together Billy Paul
When Your Lover Has Gone Johnny Hartman
Sleepin' Bee Johnny Hartman
Love Buddies Billy Paul
Funny World Johnny Hartman
Let's Fall In Love All Over Again Billy Paul
If I'm Lucky Johnny Hartman
Without You Billy Paul
How Sweet It Is To Be In Love Johnny Hartman
Missing You Billy Paul
Everybody's Breakin' Up Billy Paul
Lush Life Johnny Hartman