The latest issue of Mojo magazine comes with a free CD: Rumours Revisited – a track-by-track tribute to Fleetwood Mac‘s 1977 classic Rumours. Artists like Yeasayer, Liars, Besnard Lakes and others covered the album’s 11 tracks.
Yeasayer offers a quirky take on the opening track, “Second Hand News.” The rhythm bops along with sprightly electronics, and the band adds slight psychedelic twists with textures and warbly harmonies.
Liars’ cover is quite the opposite. The ominous bowed-bass opening, low vocals and minimal tones make “The Chain” incredibly creepy.
Check out both tracks below, courtesy of Mad Mackerel, and pick up a copy of Mojo to hear the rest.
The label just released two more: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Matt Sweeney’s cover of “Storms” and the Kills’ version of “Dreams.”
Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy stripped down “Storms,” from 1979′s Tusk. The pair replaced Stevie Nicks’ distinct voice with Crosby Stills & Nash-style harmonies.
The Kills strip down the Rumours classic “Dreams” in a very different way. Their take is minimal, but built around raw energy. The electric guitars and singer Alison Mosshart’s howl are the complete opposite of Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s acoustic cover.
Stream “Storms” below and check out “Dreams” on Nowness.
Update: Stream the Kills’ version of “Dreams” below via SoundCloud.
While Lykke Li (“Silver Springs“), Best Coast (“Rhiannon“), The New Pornographers (“Think About Me“), Antony (“Landslide“) and Karen Elson (“Gold Dust Woman“), reworked classics from the most commercially successful period — the lineup from 1975-1987, featuring Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie — there are a few earlier songs on the tribute.
MGMT did “Future Games,” from the Bob Welch era, and both Billy Gibbons and Trixie Whitley cover some of the band’s earliest music.
Lee Ranaldo Band and Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis also dug into the band’s early era. They covered “Albatross,” from 1969, when the band was known as Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. Ranaldo and Mascis add a bit of feedback to the surfy instrumental, but keep mostly true to the original.
The tracks from Hear Music/Concord‘s upcoming Just Tell Me That You Want Me: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac have been rolling in. We’ve already heard the New Pornographers take on “Think About Me” and Best Coast tackle “Rhiannon,” and now three more tracks are online.
MGMT make “Future Games,” from Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac, sufficiently weird. The robot vocals and sparse synths sound a lot like the Flaming Lips’ Dark Side of the Moon cover album. “Future Games” is a bigger reach, though, because Dark Side was already a little out there.
Antony covers “Landslide,” a Stevie Nicks-penned song from 1975′s Fleetwood Mac. His take is beautifully straight forward, carried mostly by the strength of his vocals.
Lykke Li also takes on a Stevie Nicks song, but a much less familiar one. She covers “Silver Springs,” which was intended for Rumours. It was only released as the b-side to “Go Your Own Way” until it was featured on the live album The Dance in 1997.
Check out all three tracks below. Just Tell Me That You Want Me: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac is out August 14.
The upcoming Fleetwood Mac tribute, Just Tell Me That You Want Me, has a solid tracklist. We’ve already heard the New Pornographers’ version of “Think About Me,” and now Best Coast‘s cover of “Rhiannon” is online.
Bethany Cosentino does her best Stevie Nicks impression in the straight-forward, but stripped-down take. It lags behind the original’s spectacular production, and the upbeat, bopping piano chords completely strip away the mystery. But overall, it’s not a bad shot at one of Fleetwood Mac’s iconic songs.
Just Tell Me That You Want Me: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac is out August 18 on Hear Music/Concord.
The Starbucks label Hear Music is releasing a Fleetwood Mac tribute album called Just Tell Me That You Want Me. Despite its terrible cover art (who chose those fonts?!), the compilation sports an impressive tracklist, featuring Best Coast, The New Pornographers, Lykke Li, Tame Impala, MGMT and more.
The New Pornographers covered “Think About Me,” from Fleetwood Mac’s 1979 double album Tusk. Stream the track below and see the complete tracklist after the jump.