Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

From the Dark Side of the Moon – Mary Fahl [#501]

Darksideofmoon_albumNo, I’d never heard of Mary Fahl until I came across this album either. Mary Fahl is an American singer song writer and in 2007 I obtained an unofficial advance of today’s album which is a song-for-song reimagining of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Mrs Gnomepants Mk1 used to say that cover versions are only valid cover versions if the artist doing the covering makes the cover their own. It’s only really recently that I’ve began to appreciate this statement fully.

I’ve always been fond of cover versions, my love of tribute artists like Iron Horse, Beatallica, Polka Floyd and Weird Al proof of this, so when it came to my first listen of  Mary Fahl I was already full of expectations. Imagine my joy when Mrs Gnomepants Mk 1 came into the room where I was listening to it and said that she really enjoyed this version of her favourite Pink Floyd album. That kind of sealed it for me.

If you’re a big fan of Floyd’s Dark Side, then you might enjoy this too. Fahl has certainly put a lot of effort into producing the album and it’s remarkable how a female voice can change the dynamic of the sound  originally made by Roger Waters. Fahl’s Dark Side has garnered a little bit of a cult following amongst some nerdy types which only adds to the enjoyment.

Then as a kind of postscript to this entry, while searching Youtube for examples of Fahl’s work, I came across her collaboration/guest appearance with Renaissance’s Annie Haslam. Again, highlighting how the music and artists I like are all connected somehow.

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Chicken Skin Music – Ry Cooder (#264)

Screen Shot 2015-03-01 at 16.32.29Chicken Skin Music – Ry Cooder

Former Key 103 late night DJ James H Reeve has a lot to answer for in my musical education. I recall lying awake late into the evening listening to his eclectic playlist and chatter making myself totally knackered for the morning. Still without Mr Reeve, I would not have had the pleasure of Windsor Davies and Don Estelle, Half Man Half Biscuit, the Neville Brothers and, of course, Ry Cooder.

Ry Cooder arrived in my record collection as a tape recording of Get Rhythm from his album Get Rhythm taken from one of Reeve’s last broadcasts for Key 103. And that is how it would have remained until Jamie passed me a CD chock-a-block with MP3 albums obtained from illicit locations. One such album contained therein was Ry Cooder’s Chicken Skin Music.

Chicken Skin Music is Cooder’s fifth album and it shows. He’s not even trying to impress at this stage. It’s kind of like “Oh gee, I’ve got a six album contract with my label, I can’t be bothered anymore. Here’s some stuff I’ve played recently” – a glorified covers album.

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#107 – Aula Magna – Nouvelle Vague

Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 17.34.24Aula Magna – Nouvelle Vague

Nouvelle Vague are one of those covers bands who really make the music they’re covering their own. Lounge versions of popular songs sung by French ladies with sultry voices to a live audience.

Delicious.

Some popular songs have been covered here.

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