The White Album Recovered - No. 0000002

Various Artists
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Label Mojo
Catalogue No. MOJO OCT08
Release Date 4th September 2008 (Mojo October 2008 edition)
Total Time 52:00
My Comments: A free C.D. given away with the October 2008 edition of Mojo (edition 179).

Although once again a very interesting project, I really didn't think was anywhere near as good as part 1 given away with last month's Mojo.
Not as evocative and too many tracks too similar to the originals.

Click here to see The White Album Recovered - No. 0000001


Mojo's Comments: MOJO's The White Album Recovered 0000002 is the final part of Mojo's two-disc tribute and provides empirical evidence of what an adventurous and far-reaching release the original was ....

The C.D.

No Tracklisting Artist Mojo Comments Time
1 Birthday The Ruby Suns With Esau Mwamwaya Purveyors of psychedelic sunshine pop, Auckland’s Ruby Suns - Ryan McPhun, Amee Robinson and Imogen Taylor, all of whom are multi-instrumentalists – team up with Malawi-born, London-based Esau Mwamwaya for this invigorating tribal take. 3:57
2 Yer Blues Eugene McGuinness His 2007 debut mini album The Early Learnings Of Eugene McGuinness marked out the London-via-Liverpool songwriter to the world. Here, McGuinness delivers an earthy interpretation of John Lennon’s take on British blues. 3:31
3 Mother Nature's Son Neville Skelly One of the acts that graced MOJO’s 8 For ’08 feature at the very start of the year, Neville Skelly made his London debut at the MOJO Club a few months back where his band included his cousins in The Coral. 2:39
4 Everybody's Got Something To Hide
Except Me And My Monkey
My Brightest Diamond Shara Worden began performing while at university in Texas. Relocating to Brooklyn, she has carved out a sound that marries chamber music to cabaret and rock. Her mellifluous ability to switch between genres is evident here as she cuts between rock and Twenty First Century R&B. 3:21
5 Sexy Sadie Rachel Unthank & The Winterset While most modern day folk artists are interpreters of song, Rachel Unthank And Winterset appear to inhabit the very songs they cover. 6:23
6 Helter Skelter Derwood Andrews Former Generation X guitarist Derwood Andrews delivers a high-octane, loose-twanging version of the White Album’s most controversial track. 3:36
7 Long, Long, Long Gemma Ray London-based Gemma Ray is blessed with a voice that is both pure and yet melancholic. It’s these qualities that animate this version of George Harrison’s languorous ode to what appears to be a higher power. 4:05
8 Revolution 1 The Neil Cowley Trio The Neil Cowley Trio consist of pianist Cowley, Richard Sadler (double bass) and Evan Jenkins (drums). They scooped the Best Album gong at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 for their Displeased debut. 4:33
9 Honey Pie A Cuckoo A Cuckoo is a singular individual who dwells on the Yorkshire Moors and has a fixation with sepia-toned Edwardiana, music boxes and the like. 2:20
10 Savoy Truffle Pete Greenwood Formerly of The Loose Salute, 27 year-old Leeds-born Pete Greenwood began writing songs while attending Goldsmith College in South London. Weaned on a steady diet of Dylan, Nick Drake and Gram Parsons, his effortless finger-picking style is evident on his interpretation of Harrison’s loquacious ode to confectionery. Add to that his forlorn vocal delivery and you have a track that echoes things past. 3:15
11 Cry Baby Cry Jacob Golden Tellingly Jacob Golden’s last band were dubbed Birthday. Since their demise the Californian tunesmith has crafted his own honey-warm brand of pop across two albums, both of which are imbued with a sense of incurable romance and classicism. These characteristics make Golden the perfect candidate for this re-interpretation.
Note, it does include 38 seconds of "Can You Take Me Back"
12 Revolution 9 The Neil Cowley Trio Revolution 9 is The Beatles’ most uncompromising track, drawing on music concrete and post-modernist composition for inspiration. The Neil Cowley Trio accentuate its classical stylings before plunging headlong into free-form chaos. 4:45
13 Good Night Sarabeth Tucek One of the unwitting stars of the cult movie Dig! – Sarabeth Tucek straddles the world of grown-up pop and indie rock. This beautifully crooned version of the Ringo-sung classic underlines her ability to seduce all-comers. 3:36
                 Bonus Track (well, this disc 2 is short !)
14 Sexy Sadie Paul Weller And just when you thought it was all over, up pops Mr Weller with a bonus version of Sexy Sadie. Not having time to contribute a new recording to MOJO’s White Album celebrations, Paul was happy to supply us with his version of this caustic Lennon classic. And MOJO was equally delighted to include it as a bonus track on this collection as a fitting coda. 2:39

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