While putting together the Halloween playlist, I started coming up a slew of fascinating tunes, basically covers in the form of tribute albums. If an artist has a history and has garnered any small amount of respect in the music community, then somewhere at sometime fellow musicians have come together to compile interpretations of the apex of that person's catalogue. Well, maybe not always the apex, but there are some interesting interpretations available.
For instance, if you like the work of Van Morrison, Casandra Wilson performing "Crazy Love" is a sexy, soulful rendition. Maybe something harder? How about Motorhead performing Metallica's "Whiplash"? Or how about Metallica peforming a tribute to Iron Maiden with a cover of "Remember Tomorrow"? Me? I'm an Alice Cooper fan. He actually has three tribute cd's, with the best of them featuring a slick cover by Bruce Dickinson.
Take a gander and you'll see tributes to Harry Chapin, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Judas Priest, ABBA, Depeche Mode, Frank Sinatra, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Beatles, Steve Goodman, Joy Division, and Johnny Cash. I'm just ladeling a few names here, the titles go on and on...
Want something a bit strange? "Back in Baroque... The String Tribute to AC/DC" or "Gone Phishin': A Bluegrass Tribute to Phish" What about "Harptallica: A Tribute", featuring the all-female Harptallica, covering Metallica's tunes with classical harp.
Lot's of good music. And sometimes the cover outshines the original.