Sunday, January 02, 2005
Lou Reed all'italiana!
Welcome and grazie to The Ancient Art of MP3 Blogging, a new Italian music blog who linked to MusicbOOm.it's Lou Reed tribute album, Boomsongs for Velvet (the Google translated link is here). You can download the entire album as a Zip file (192 kbps) or as separate files (they come in two different bit rate formats - 192 and 320 kbps).
There's a lot of good cuts here, only a few clunkers. I like tribute album songs that don't just do a cover but bring a bit of personality and insight into the song.
Some highlights: Check out Zen Circus' psychotic jam version of "The Gift" as a great example of doing a tribute that's out there. For more stoner songs, check out Encode's "All Tomorrow's Parties"... Cantu, Ciappini, Iriondo's "Black Angel's Death Song" is also a notable trippy cut.
Only one song is repeated twice and its a surprise that they're both pretty good: Sebastian's "Caroline Says" (stick with the song, it gets better), Studiodavoli's version of the "Caroline" is better, though...
However, I'll nominate Lorenzo Bianchi's Lorbi w/ Odette di Maio and their empyreal update on Lou and Nico's "I'll Be Your Mirror" as the best of the bunch - one of those rare tribute album cuts that bests the original. Perhaps its Nico's European connection that inspired it.
(All my links are to the 192 kbps versions - the web page has links to all the bands' websites)