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And now, because I’m stubborn…back to the vault.
“Just for You” – Midge Ure, Answers to Nothing, 1988
At one time I thought I’d never see him live, but I’ve seen him twice now, once acoustic, once electric. It’s been revelatory both times–a brilliant vocalist, raconteur and guitarist. Have yet to hear him play this though. One day….
(Mark King on bass, Mark Brzezicki on drums).
“Fully Completely” – The Tragically Hip, Fully Completely, 1993
From Canada’s favorite band, atmospheric and filled with wordplay as aural architecture. When I first heard them I thought of early R.E.M. but they are always and ever themselves.
“Just the Same Way” – Journey, Evolution, 1979
Had to get my Journey on for this. Picked one with Rolie and Perry.
“Crosscut Saw” – The Hindu Love Gods,The Hindu Love Gods, 1990
Warren Zevon and R.E.M (minus Stipe). They had too much fun and it made for a one-off little piece of brilliance.
“For You” – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band,Chance, 1980
One of the band’s trilogy of Springsteen covers with vocals by Chris Thompson. Bombastic as hell but I’ve always loved it. Hey, I’m a Queen fan, I’m down with some bombast.
“Roll Away” – Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam, Roll Away 2007
Hard to believe it’s been 10 years for this album. An old soul in a young body and a kickass guitar player.
“Wheel in the Sky” – Journey,Infinity, 1977
We had time, so we threw this one in because it’s effing great.
“Out in the Fields” – Gary Moore and Phil Lynott, Run for Cover, 1985
Moore and Lynott reunited for the last time on this record, one Lynott made before his death in1986. This was the highest-charting song that either would achieve in their solo careers, going Top Five in the UK.