We saw a reference to this over at NPR’s allsongs blog last month, but with our busy schedule and all the good music out recently, we’d been slow to report it back to our lovely readers. So with this slower week of new releases, we found time to visit Beck’s Record Club. The long and short is this, taken right from the site:
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. 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.
Well after poking around, I’ll buy it. We should have known that Beck probably surrounds himself with talented enough folks, but mercy . . . one-take for some of this awesome? Well done.
My suggestion is to check it out. Here’s a couple of fantastic covers we came across. The first is Record Club doing INXS. The song is Never Tear Us Apart. As noted by NPR, the switch from saxophone to violin during the solo is the musical personification of a thumbs-up. Nice move.
Leonard Cohen, as with so many covers of great artists and songs, is a tough road to take. Amazing songs. Some will simply never endorse any other version. That’s fine, but we liked Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye from Record Club’s take on Songs of Leonard Cohen.