The Rolling Stones – Out of our heads (Epic #267)

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The Rolling Stones – Out of our heads (1965)

Continuing the Jemtunes’ Epic series foray into the Stones’ back catalogue, here’s the second 1965 release – Out of Our Heads. This was the third British album and fourth in the United States.

The UK version – with a different cover – added songs that would surface later in the US on December’s Children (And Everybody’s) and others that had not been released in the UK thus far (such as “Heart of Stone”) instead of the already-released live track and recent hit singles (as singles rarely featured on albums in the UK in those times). Issued later that September, Out of Our Heads reached No. 2 in the UK charts behind the Beatles’ Help!. It was The Rolling Stones’ last UK album to rely upon R&B covers; the forthcoming Aftermath (Epic #268) was entirely composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

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Pearl – Little Immaculate White Fox (Epic #220)

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Pearl – Little Immaculate White Fox (2010)

Little Immaculate White Fox is the debut album of American rock singer Pearl Aday, released in January 2010 on Megaforce Records. The album deviates from the style of Pearl’s father Meat Loaf’s operatic rock, and leans more towards classic rock sound with a strong resemblance to the music of Janis Joplin. The opening track, “Rock Child”, is an autobiographical piece where Pearl sings of how she used to nap in a guitar case as a child while her father was recording in the studio.

It’s the cover of ‘Nutbush’ from the ubiquitous Tina Turner though that Pearl carries to particular aplomb; a stomping chop guitar backing from husband Scott Ian and her growly vocals carrying the song admirably towards its origins. Stunning stuff.

The King – Return to Splendour (Epic 2017 #147)

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The King – Return to Splendour (2000)

The small town where I live in Sussex, UK used to be graced by an equally small record shop – ‘Atomic Sounds’. Sadly, it’s no longer with us but, in its heyday, I’d spend most Saturday mornings there, browsing through the eclectic selection of new and back-catalogue stuff on offer.

One Saturday Elvis Presley was playing over the stereo. At least that’s what I thought; it’s just that something wasn’t quite right. Elvis seemed to be covering (and rather well, I might add) ‘Pretty Vacant’ from the Sex Pistols. And there laid the rub. Theoretically possible as the Sex Pistols released it in July 1977 and Elvis didn’t pass on until three weeks or so later on 16 August. But the King would have had to have been unbelievably sharp off the mark and it just didn’t quite jell as to why he’d bother. Just didn’t seem to be his style at all.

Duly puzzled, I asked the owner who immediately confirmed that it was indeed The King on the stereo. “Seriously?” I replied, “Elvis covered the Sex Pistols?” “Of course not!” Tony replied, “But the King did!” And there laid my introduction, as well as sealing which album I’d buy that day.

Jim ‘The King’ Brown hails from the bad end of Belfast. An ex-postal worker, he’s acclaimed as one of the greatest Elvis tribute acts working today. Backed by a stunningly talented band (The Questionnaires), The King takes the Elvis tribute to a whole different level covering the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Lynryd Skynryd and, of course, the Sex Pistols.

Hayseed Dixie – Weapons of Grass Destruction (Epic #107)

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Hayseed Dixie – Weapons of Grass Destruction (2007)

Sixth studio album from the American Dixie Paraodiers, this time continuing their theme of getting the word ‘grass’ into common phrases with their own take on the Faithless song.

And, as is also their want, there are covers a-plenty here as well. Although none from their Australian namesakes this time.

Bryan Ferry – These Foolish Things (Epic 2017 #084)

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Bryan Ferry – These Foolish Things (1973)

These Foolish Things is the debut solo studio album by Bryan Ferry, who at the time was still Roxy Music’s lead vocalist. Released in October 1973 on Island Records in the UK, and Atlantic Records in the United States, it was a commercial and critical success, peaking at number 5 on the albums chart in the United Kingdom.

The album consists entirely of cover versions, most of the tracks being personal favorites of Ferry’s and spanning several decades from 1930s standards such as the title track through to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s with Elvis Presley,Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.

A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” (for example) was written by Bob Dylan in the summer of 1962 and was first recorded for his second album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.