Thursday, January 27, 2011

Beck - The Velvet Underground & Nico

Every now and then Beck invites colleague artists to play in his studio. He named this meetings Record Club and Beck introduced the idea of covering a whole album on one day. Or, as Beck himself puts it on his website:

Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. As you will hear, some of the songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering. There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens. And those who aren’t familiar with the albums in question will hopefully look for the songs in their definitive versions.

Artist involving in sessions until now were:  Nigel Godrich, Devendra Banhart, Andrew and Will from MGMT, Andrew from Wolfmother, Binki from Little Joy,  Jamie Lidell, Leslie Feist, Sergio Dias from the legendary Brazilian band Os Mutantes, Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth and Tortoise. Covered were: The Velvet Underground's "Banana" album, Yanni, Leonard Cohen, Alexandre Spence's cult classic Oar and INXS. 
All albums can be enjoyed on Beck's website, but here I'm putting up Record Club's version of The Velvet Underground & Nico. Some versions are pretty darn good, others are meh.... you decide: Smell that banana!

1. Sunday Morning
2. Waiting For The Man
3. Femme Fatale
4. Venus In Furs
5. Run, Run, Run
6. All Tomorrows Parties
7. Heroin
8. There She Goes Again
9. I'll Be Your Mirror
10. Black Angel's Death Song
11. European Son


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