Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The John Lennon 69 (a Spotify collection of covers)

Wikileaks told me that today is the day John Lennon died. This is a little tribute: 69 different artists playing his songs. 

There are hundreds of Lennon covers available on Spotify. Selecting 69 was a hard (and very subjective) task. Some come from a huge 2007 Amnesty benefit album for Darfur, some others are from more obscure and forgotten past records. Some sound close to the original, some get distant. Some are serious, some are funny. And, caution, MIA is not the Paper Planes girl, but a Berlin rock band.

P.S. since this is a covers playlist and I want it to feature Lennon's voice, too ... well, I also included a famous cover sung by him. :o)

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(69 tracks, about 4 hours)

A Perfect Circle – Imagine
U2 – Instant Karma
Youssou N'Dour – Jealous Guy
Manic Street Preachers – Working Class Hero
R.E.M. – #9 Dream
The Flaming Lips – (Just Like) Starting Over
Bunbury – Watching The Wheels
Jack Johnson – Imagine
John Hiatt – Instant Karma
Noir Désir – Working Class Hero
Louis Armstrong – Give Peace a Chance
Maroon 5 – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Martin L. Gore – Oh My Love
M.I.A. – Mind Games
Lenny Kravitz – Cold Turkey
Generation X – Gimme Some Truth
Herbie Hancock – Imagine
The Punkles – Give Peace A Chance
Deftones – Jealous Guy
Sam Phillips – Gimme Some Truth
Jack's Mannequin feat. Mick Fleetwood – God
The Alarm – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Black Eyed Peas – Power To The People
Ray Charles with Ruben Studdard & The Harlem Gospel Singers – Imagine
The Postal Service – Grow Old With Me
Hot Chocolate – Give Peace A Chance
Madeleine Peyroux – Jealous Guy
Angelique Kidjo feat. Naima – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Madrugada – I'm Losing You
Antony & The Johnsons – Imagine
Sinéad O'Connor – Mind Games
Primal Scream – Gimme Some Truth
Jeanette Lindström – Grow Old With Me
Joe Cocker – Isolation
Yoko Ono – Give Peace a Chance
John Lennon – Stand By Me
Beatallica – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Matisyahu – Watching The Wheels
Robert Randolph & The Family Band – I Don't Wanna Be A Soldier Mama
Snow Patrol – Isolation
Ozzy Osbourne – Woman
Duran Duran – Instant Karma
Roxy Music – Jealous Guy
Marianne Faithfull – Working Class Hero
a-ha – #9 Dream
Travis – Gimme Some Truth
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Grow Old With Me
Eskimo Joe – Mind Games
Aerosmith feat. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars – Give Peace A Chance
Jackson Browne – Oh, My Love
Freddie Hubbard – Cold Turkey
Me'Shell Ndegeocello – Imagine
Ben Harper – Beautiful Boy
Widespread Panic – Crippled Inside
Jakob Dylan featuring Dhani Harrison – Gimme Some Truth
Green Day – Working Class Hero
Glen Campbell – Grow Old With Me
Sarah McLachlan feat. The Sarah McLachlan Music Outreach Children's Choir and Youth Choir – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Corinne Bailey Rae – I'm Losing You
The Soft Boys – Cold Turkey
Luna – Jealous Guy
Shelby Lynne – Mother
Susheela Raman – Oh My Love
Elton John – One Day At A Time
Regina Spektor – Real Love
Johnny Winter – Rock And Roll People
Colin James – I'm Losing You
Tin Machine – Working Class Hero
José Carreras/Placido Domingo/Luciano Pavarotti – Happy Xmas (War is Over)

Listen to it on Spotify: HTTP, URI (SR0318)

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