Rhino’s Got You Covered: Esther Phillips, Neil, ZZ Top, and Lindsey Buckingham
It’s Wednesday, so it must be time to take another dip into the Rhino catalog and trot out a new quartet of cover songs that you may or may not have heard before. Let’s get started, shall we?
• Esther Phillips, “As Tears Go By” (1965): You’ll know this Rolling Stones song, of course, from Marianne Faithfull’s cover, but Philips had a thing for the British Invasion, scoring a hit this same year with her cover of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her.”
• Neil, “Hole in My Shoe” (1984): If you watched The Young Ones, then you know Neil, and if you know Neil, then you won’t be surprised how many hippie-era tunes he covers on this classic (to the right crew) album, including this Traffic track.
• ZZ Top, “Viva Las Vegas” (1992): When ZZ Top released their first career-spanning best-of collection in the early ‘90s, they were, of course, obliged to offer up a new track or two. Enter this Elvis cover, which rocks just as hard as you’d expect it to.
• Lindsey Buckingham, “To Try for the Sun” (2006): Buckingham has often paid tribute to his favorite composers, be it Brian Wilson – you may recall Fleetwood Mac’s cover of “Farmer’s Daughter” – or Kurt Weill, whose “September Song” appeared on Buckingham’s solo debut, LAW AND ORDER. This time it was Donovan who got a little love from Lindsey, but he also tackled a Rolling Stones track on this LP.