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The Covers Record

The Covers Record

21 Mar 2000

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 21 Mar 2000
  • Label: Matador
  • Copyright: 2000 Matador Records
  • Total Length: 40:59
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  • ASIN: B001MT1EP8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,588 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun 2000
Format: Audio CD
A collection of cover versions might suggest a paucity of ideas but it would be more accurate to label this as 'The Transformations Record' such is the radical way Chan Marshall deconstructs and reinterprets these songs. This tendency is illustrated by the opening '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'. While Devo had turned The Rolling Stones' slurred howl of grievance into a mechanised, emotionless recital, Marshall imbues it with an understated sense of tragedy. Similarly, 'I Found A Reason' provides a contrast from Lou Reed's dry, ironic delivery as, accompanied by a solitary piano, the song becomes a fervent hymn filled with yearning. Wilfuly perverse, Marhsall even covers one of her own songs, 'In This Hole'.
The entire album makes for uncomfortable listening; on 'Troubled Waters, she appears to be grappling with demons. The uncluttered instrumentation, such as the blues-style guitar-picking of 'Salty Dog', helps to focus attention upon her hushed but emotion-ladened voice. Another dalliance with Bill Callahan, 'Red Apples', is marginally less breathtaking than her version of 'Bathysphere' on the earlier 'What Would The Community Think' but his stark songs are ideally suited to Marshall's vocal style. Yet in these strengths lie her weakness. Although her mournful delivery adds pathos to the vaguely optimistic songs like 'I Found A Reason' and 'Sea of Love', it does make the album's mood one-dimensional.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 12 May 2005
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Cat Power, a.k.a. Chan Marshall, has made some brilliant records herself (Moon Pix, You Are Free, What Would the Community Think), it was 'The Covers Record' that brought her to many's attention. Recorded in 1998 & 1999, 'The Covers Record' is fairly lo-fi stuff, Marshall alone with a guitar or piano.
The 12-songs are all wonderful, and belong to both a great-tradition of cover-versions (Low's 'Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me', Cowboy Junkies' 'Sweet Jane', Galaxie 500's 'Ceremony', Spacemen 3's 'Transparent Radiation', Luna's 'Indian Summer') & a great tradition of covers-records (Famous Blue Raincoat, Music for Parties, I'll Take Care of You, Wrecking Ball, Johnny Cash's American Recordings). It opens with a rock'n'roll standard which you'd think was close to cliche - Jagger/Richards' '(I Can't Get No)Satisfaction' - a song that had arguably been definitively covered by Devo! Marshall approaches the song in a minimal-bluesy style reminiscent of those early PJ Harvey demo-albums & throws the listener some more by not bothering with the chorus! Similarly the version of Nina Simone's 'Wild is the Wind'- already perfectly covered by David Bowie on 'Station to Station' - is absolutely divine, a total heartbreaker...
Other highlights include Moby Grape's 'Naked If I Want To', The Velvet Underground's 'I Found a Reason', easy listening classic 'Sea of Love', Smog's 'Red Apples' & Dylan's 'Paths of Victory.' There are several tracks that I'm not familiar with- 'Sweedeedee', 'Troubled Waters', & the traditional songs 'Salty Dog' & 'Kingsport Town'- so the record reminds me of cover albums like Mark Lanegan's 'I'll Take Care of You' or Dylan's 'World Gone Wrong' - covering songs I don't even know! Marshall cannily plays with the notion of the covers record, by covering her own 'In This Hole' from 'What Would the Community Think'!
'The Covers Record' is one of the great covers records and one of the many great records from she we call Cat Power...
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I bought this after hearing the wonderful track 'Troubled Waters' at the end of an NT production of 'A Streetcar Named Desire'. Not all of the tracks are to my taste, but overall I'm very pleased - moody, moving music and a beautifully mellow voice
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Vinyl pressing is OK - not special, and basic inner, sleeve etc. Album is as you know - a mix of 5 stars standouts - (satisfaction, naked) and some ho-hum drift along strummers. Worth getting, but not essential on vinyl
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