Combo Platter

I just couldn’t come up with a theme for this week, so here’s some random goodness.

Renee And Jeremy “Daydream Believer” (The Monkees)
I’ve always liked this song and I like this acoustic version. It’s got some nice close vocal harmonies. You can find out more about Renee and Jeremy by checking out their website.

Tom Jones and Chaka Kahn”We Can Work It Out” (The Beatles)
I’ve always loved Tom Jones too. But this duet sounds terribly under rehearsed. The musical arrangement is sloppy and the vocals just don’t fit together. It’s disappointing because a duet between these two could have been so much better.

Slim Whitman “Una Paloma Blanca” (George Baker Selection)
Those of us of a certain age remember the late night TV commercials for the Slim Whitman’s Greatest Hits record. There were just enough snippets of yodeling to make you think that this must be a pretty weird album. I never did buy the album off TV but I eventually downloaded it. And it’s every bit as weird as I thought it would be.

Joan Osborne “Axis: Bold As Love” (Jimi Hendrix)
Axis: Bold As Love was the first Jimi Hendrix album I bought. I’m probably the only person who can say that. This a nice downtempo cover by Joan Osborne, who sings the hell out of any song she wraps her vocal cords around.

Dishwalla “It’s Going To Take Some Time” (The Carpenters)
I have to admire Dishwalla for making a Carpenters song not sound mopey.

4 Comments

  1. Hooray for Renee & Jeremy, kidfolk favorites at Cover Lay Down! Hoping those who like their Daydream Believer will check out the album it’s taken from. They’re good eggs, and the entire CD is this awesome.

  2. LOVE that cover of “It’s Going To Take Some Time”. That whole Carpenters tribute album is really good–the Shonen Knife “Top Of The World” is also a standout–but that’s probably my favorite. Great Carole King song. Looking forward to the ones I don’t know, especially “Daydream Believer”.

  3. That is a fine album, Brett. The Shonen Knife track is wonderful but my favorite is Sonic Youth covering “Superstar.” It’s one of the creepiest songs ever recorded.

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