Saturday, 1 November 2014

Art of the Cover - Deftones "Covers"

Dig the enigmatic, monochrome artwork on this real interesting eclectic collection of covers imaginatively called, erm "Covers", issued as a special release for 'Record Store Day 2011.'

It's an album well worth hunting down.

The LP was released through Warner Bros. Records as a limited edition release on April 16, 2011. It was distributed exclusively in a vinyl record format limited to 5,000 copies.

As the title suggests, Covers is a compilation of cover songs—many of which were previously released on B-Sides & Rarities (2005) and the digital version of Diamond Eyes (2010).

Deftones normally record a number of cover songs after each album recording session, and the songs on Covers span their entire career. The cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man", for example, was recorded before the group's debut album Adrenaline (1995) when vocalist Chino Moreno was only 17 years old!

So the Defs are major Anglophiles? Yap, included therein are an array covers including, surprisingly, a major foray into the leftfield Eighties New Wave/Alternative milieu with versions of the sublime "Ghosts" by David Sylvian and pals, the magnificent Smiths song "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want", the wonderful "If Only Tonight We Could Sleep" by The Cure plus, perhaps even more oddly, "The Chauffer" by those fey Duran Duran blokes! Plus a take on Eighties Brit pop in the bizarre form of Sade's 'No Ordinary Love'!


01. Drive (The Cars cover)
02. Caress (Drive Like Jehu cover)
03. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths cover)
04. No Ordinary Love (Sade cover)
05. Savory (Jawbox cover)
06. Do You Believe (The Cardigans cover)
07. Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
08. Ghosts (Japan cover)
09. The Chauffer (Duran Duran cover)
10. If Only Tonight We Could Sleep (The Cure cover)
11. Sleep Walk (Santo & Johnny cover)

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