Let’s take a look at this week’s albums, reissues and other musical goodies from classic artists making musical waves yet again.
Spotlight Release of the Week: In recent years, Fleetwood Mac has been name-checked by more and more up-and-coming bands as an influence. Finally, a handful of these acts banded together for a tribute album to the Mac, titled Just Tell Me What You Want and out today (August 14) through Hear Music. The compilation features stars young (indie acts Best Coast, MGMT, Lykke Li) and old (Marianne Faithfull, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons) covering hits and non-hits alike. That almost makes it better, with many of the album cuts standing out even more (like newcomer Trixie Whitley’s smoldering take on “Before the Beginning”). Also worth highlighting: Best Coast’s take on “Rhiannon” and The Kills’ channeling dirty blues and punk on “Dreams.” To that end, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie would be proud about the high number of rock’n’roll frontwomen on the compilation. A worthwhile tribute album for even casual fans of Fleetwood Mac, full of enough variety to keep things interesting and move beyond mere covers.
This week, it seems, is the week of tribute albums, with a few others on the horizon. Supertramp gets the all-star treatment via Songs of the Century – An All-Star Tribute to Supertramp. Unlike the Fleetwood Mac tribute, Supertramp’s is populated by their peers in the prog-rock scene rather than merely those the band has influenced. Biggest hit “Breakfast in America” is reimagined by members of Asia, while “Give A Little Bit” features members of Yes (as do many of the album’s 12 tracks). The Doors’ Robby Krieger, The Zombies’ Rod Argent and Deep Purple’s Steve Morse also guest.
Folk and country singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester also gets a tribute album this week, featuring a handful of the many artists he’s written for over the years and even some he hasn’t. Titled Quiet About It, the compilation includes Elvis Costello, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Rosanne Cash and more.
And if you couldn’t get enough of the Olympics, music from the Closing Ceremony’s Brit-tastic concert featuring The Who, Queen, Beatles and Pink Floyd covers, and more is available on iTunes now, titled A Symphony of British Music. Want to hear the Ray Davies performance of The Kinks’ “Waterloo Sunset” that was cut from NBC’s broadcast, or The Who’s newly-recorded mega-mix of hits (“Baba O’Riley,” “See Me, Feel Me,” “Listening To You,” “My Generation”)? They’ve got you covered.
– Jillian Mapes, CBS Local