James Taylor was on the Colbert Report the other night promoting his new album Covers. The cleverly title album is filled entirely with covers of other people’s songs.
Got me thinking:
What other artists, after already establishing themselves with their own original songs, have put out albums entirely comprised of their interpretations of the works of other songwriters?
Elvis Costello did two: Almost Blue in 1981, covering mostly American Country Music
and Kojak Variety in 1995, covering mostly American Rhythm and Blues.
The Ramones did one: Acid Eaters 1993, 1960s Rock
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs collaborated to put out: Under the Covers, Vol. 1 2006, 1960s Rock
I didn’t actually research this topic, the above examples are all found in my own CD collection- and there’s not a one that I don’t recommend, they are all great albums. I have a special fondness for the Sinéad O’Connor reggae album and the Matthew Sweet / Susanna Hoffs collaboration.