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2001-Aug-21: Two McCartney Tribute Albums

On October 9, Oglio Records will release a tribute album featuring the solo material of Paul McCartney on an album entitled Listen To What the Man Said: Popular Artists Pay Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney. Proceeds from the sale of the recording will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Memory of Linda McCartney. Each of the participating recording artists waived their studio costs and royalties to ensure that a larger portion of proceeds will go directly to the Komen Foundation.

The track list features:

Owsley, "Band On the Run"
SR-71, "My Brave Face"
Steven Page and Kevin Hearn (Barenaked Ladies), and Stephen Duffy (the Lilac Time), "Junk"
Semisonic, "Jet"
The Merrymakers, "No More Lonely Nights"
Robyn Hitchcock, "Let Me Roll It"
Finn Brothers, "Too Many People"
Minus 5, "Dear Friend"
Matthew Sweet, "Every Night"
Sloan, "Waterfalls"
World Party, "Man We Was Lonely"
The John Faye Power Trip, "Coming Up"
Virgos, "Maybe I'm Amazed"
Judybats, "Love In Song"
Linus of Hollywood, "Warm and Beautiful"
They Might Be Giants, "Ram"
Performers on the recording shared the following reflexions:

Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson:

"McCartney is less like an influence and more like the air we breathe.  I think we couldn't anymore choose to be a fan of his than we could choose to need oxygen. Those melodies, that voice, are imprinted in our brains somewhere near the deepest part. His sense of melody is the standard of beauty."
Jay Ferguson, singer/guitarist for Canadian rock act Sloan:
"You really begin to appreciate what a truly great singer Sir Paul is when you try to cover one of his songs. Apologies ahead of time for any cracked notes."
They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh:
"It is daunting to try and reinterpret any McCartney song. I was always a huge fan of the first couple of McCartney solo albums in part because, like the Stevie Wonder albums of the same era, they were great examples of the intensity of homemade recordings. You can hear a lot of the experimentation and discovery right in the tracks, and that makes the recordings a kind of event in themselves."
Matthew Sweet:
"I grew up making four-track recordings on a cassette four-track, so I enjoy hearing recordings where one person plays a lot of the parts.  It just had a fresh homespun approach, and I tried to keep my cover of 'Every Night' in that same intimate real that the original inhabited."
Two weeks later, on October 23, Oglio Records will release a second compilation of McCartney covers.  Coming Up: Independent Artists Pay Tribute to the Music of Paul McCartney will contain the following tracks:
  "Let 'Em In," Starbelly
  "Take It Away," Jellybricks
  "Every Night," Mark Bacino
  "This One," Cliff Hillis
  "My Brave Face," Star Collector
  "Temporary Secretary," the Andersons
  "Mull of Kintyre," Kyf Brewer
  "With a Little Luck," Masticators
  "Somedays," Phil Keaggy
  "Getting Closer," Michael Carpenter
  "Maybe I'm Amazed," Gadget White Band
  "Helen Wheels," the Shazam
  "Oh Woman, Oh Why," Ray Paul with Emmit Rhodes
  "Another Day," Cherry Twister
  "Back on My Feet," Cockeyed Ghost

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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