Monday, March 06, 2006

Paying his respects

Play it: Van Morrison Pay the Devil
Play it: Pay the original devil (Original songs covered by Morrison)

A lot of new music this Tuesday, so I thought I'd get the jump with this new one from Van Morrison (since Rhapsody seems to have gotten the jump as well.)

Pay the Devil is Morrison's homage to American Country music, and it's no great stretch for him to make to excel in this genre. He didn't even have to come to Nashville, as the recordings were all done in Belfast, using his own band. Much like Ray Charles' country tribute (Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music, 1962,) Morrison's voice is still pure soul. He even tackles the same Hank Williams song as Charles, with "Half as Much."

And really, that's the best part of this collection, his taste in songs. While Morrison contributes three of his own songs to the mix, it's the 12 covers that make this collection so desirable. Of course, I can go through it w/o wanting to hear the originals, so I put together a playlist of 'em and thought I'd share 'em with ya. Haven't listened to Webb Pierce in awhile (3 songs here,) so it's worth it just for the reminder of that giant's work. Also, as mentioned, there's some Hank Williams (3 more) along with Rodney Crowell, Carl Perkins, Blue Lu Barker and Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs.

Left out George Jones' great version of "Things Have Gone To Pieces," as all there is Rhapavailable is a live version - which is fine once you get through the two-minutes of chit-chat prior to the song's beginning.

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2 comments:

drake leLane said...

Van Morrison Pay the Devil

01 There Stands The Glass
02 Half As Much
03 Things Have Gone To Pieces
04 Big Blue Diamonds
05 Playhouse
06 Your Cheatin Heart
07 Don't You Make Me High
08 My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
09 Back Street Affair
10 Pay The Devil
11 What Am I Living For
12 This Has Got To Stop
13 Once A Day
14 More And More
15 Till I Gain Control Again

drake leLane said...

Pay the Original Devil

* "There Stands The Glass" - Webb Pierce
* "Half As Much" - Hank Williams
* "Big Blue Diamonds" - Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
* "Your Cheatin' Heart" - Hank Williams
* "Don't You Make Me High" - Blue Lu Barker
* "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" - Hank Williams
* "Back Street Affair" - Webb Pierce
* "What Am I Living For" - Carl Perkins
* "Once A Day" - Connie Smith
* "More And More" - Webb Pierce
* "'till I Gain Control Again" - Rodney Crowell