"Knocking On Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan - I love this version, because he takes the melody into different places, as he tends to do sometimes. Great band here, too, featuring acclaimed record producer Brendan O'Brien on keyboards. Great energy all around.
"Alberta" by Eric Clapton - Fantastic cover of the Leadbelly song(sometimes known as "Corrina, Corrina"). Eric delivers his vocals with a laid back style, but there's still a lot of soul there. Great piano solo by Chuck Leavell.
"Learning To Fly" by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks - This is one of the most meaningful songs Tom ever wrote, and this live version really brings that meaning to the forefront. This is a stunning performance. Tom and the Heartbreakers are one of the best live bands in the history of rock and roll.
"Watching The Wheels" by John Lennon - One of John's best songs. This acoustic demo, as sparse as it is, is beautiful. I would have loved a totally acoustic album by John Lennon, but thanks to a gun-toting madman, that never happened.
"Telephone Line" by Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy - What can you say? A classic song-one of the best pop songs ever, actually- performed stripped down with two incredibly gifted performers. I really love Jeff's voice, here. It's slight imperfections and raspiness really add to the song.
01. "Knocking On Heaven's Door" - Bob Dylan - Good ad libbing to breathe some new life into it.
02. "Alberta" - Eric Clapton - Nice laid back cover tune, that allows Clapton's singing and playing to do their magic, as does the keyboard wiz guy.
03. "Learning To Fly" - Showcases the pure substance of a Petty/Lynne song. Great lyrics!!! Nice help from Stevie Nicks. Great help from the audience too, felt like I was there!
04. "Watching The Wheels" - John Lennon - Oh man, when I think of the great body of work he would have had throughout the 80s had he lived. The 70s was Paul's and the 80's were wide open for several amazing songs like this one from John. Nobody just picks up a guitar like he did, and comes up with something like that. What an unspeakable loss, would have been so many great songs had he lived.
05. "Telephone Line" - Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy - Wow, when stripped down so much really showcases what a great song that Jeff wrote and what a great vocalist he is. Great talent on full display. Tandy makes it sound easy, though I'm sure it's not. The smile on Tandy's face says a lot about the quality of this song and the happiness it has brought to so many.
Great picks 88, will mark you down for next open spot!
4.5 out of 5 stars; prime cuts: "Learning to Fly", "Telephone Line"; bottom line: Sometimes the saying "less is more" is true; and these versions of the songs certainly make that saying ring true!
Knocking on Heaven's Door - I love this song anyway, and having heard it mangled by various people who thought they could do it better, it's great to hear its composer giving it a different treatment. This is a very cool version and all those cheering people in the crowd can't be wrong. Oh, and I love the drummer flinging his hair about (although he probably does that whatever the song) and Bob's little grins at the end.
Alberta - This is a song I've not heard before, good to see fellow Cardiffian Andy Fairweather Low riding shotgun. Can't say it stands out massively but it's laid back and rolls along pleasantly enough.
Learning to Fly - Fabulous song with Tom looking just like a blond Alice Cooper which is one of his special talents. I'd have preferred it a bit more uptempo, like it is on the album. I could probably have lived without Stevie Nicks joining in too, but the call and response bit with the audience is gorgeous.
Watching the Wheels - I think I prefer this version to the electric one. It's not my favourite Lennon song but he's in good voice here and the snappy trademark lyrics are great.
Telephone Line - The piano here sounds just like the one in Let it Be, this is a good thing. Jeff's voice seems to have actually improved over the years and this particular vocal is spot on. Maybe it's because he and Richard are so comfortable with each other, plus Jeff's at home and not scarily out on stage, but this version is note-perfect and fabulous.
I much enjoyed listening to this compact collection, I'd give it 8 out of 10, thanks for sharing 88keys
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Post by queenofthehours on Sept 12, 2016 18:09:37 GMT
Knocking On Heaven's Door by Bob Dylan - I love this song but always forget it’s a Bob track or even than Bob sang it. For a long time I never really GOT Bob but after watching the Scorsese doc I finally undertand him. His vocals are never going to angelic but that’s just part of him. This is one of my most favourite songs ever. I can't tell this version from the original but both will be equally as good I think.
Alberta by Eric Clapton - I’m a bit on the ambivalent side with Eric. He never comes out of any of the musical biographies I've read very well. He's always seen as bad tempered and cruel but at least he admits his faults and he’s always worked with many musicians so I guess I could learn to be a fan of his. It's nice to see Andy Fairweather-Low there! And Ray! It shows Eric is at least loyal to his musician friends. Is this from the same concert as the famous acoustic single version of 'Tears in Heaven'? My mum loves that one.
Learning To Fly by Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks - I'm well in need of a Tom fix, I haven't listened to him much lately. Brilliant song, one of my favourites even before I knew Jeff had breathed on it. This is the best version of the track, I think Tom excels at solo and acoustic music. I didn't want the song to end. Even Stevie improves the track! The audience participation tops the music of nicely.
Watching The Wheels by John Lennon - I'm so thrilled to see this here. It's my mum’s favourite Lennon track (favourite track of anything the Beatles ever did - she was an Orbison/Beach Boys girl). This version compliments the original, it's different but like an un-identical twin.
Telephone Line by Jeff Lynne and Richard Tandy - Again my heart leapt to see this here. The best reason that acoustic music even exists. It makes me cry everytime, so beautiful and perfect. Thumbs up to Richard!
A lovely selection of tracks there, 88keys ! I loved every single moment of them.
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