Friday, December 1, 2023

VA - Great Acoustic Covers (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1 + CD2

Previously posted November 29, 2019

VA - Great Acoustic Covers (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1 + CD2

In popular music, a cover version, remake, cover song, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song.  To take an electrified version of a song and create an acoustic version can sometimes result in amazingly beautiful renditions that part new light into a song meaning or simply make it more accessible to the ear when it may have once been ignored. The cover may not take the same shape the original artist intended but you can't deny that it still has the soul of the original in a well-crafted albeit new acoustic version. A song written in one genre can be entirely re-interpreted in another genre, which is often the case.

The songs in this compilation are prime examples of tracks that are powerful re-interpretations of already great tunes that also stand as great songs in their own right. These songs also cover a multitude of genres, these songs all attest to the ability of music to unite people with distinct voices.

Here are 50 Great Acoustic covers. All these tracks are entirely acoustic or are dominated by and large by acoustic instrumentation. The Original artist is in brackets.






Track list 1

01    Marissa Nadler - All My Trials (Bob Gibson)    2:35
02    Johnny Cash - First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Roberta Flack)    3:52
03    Czars - Angel Eyes (ABBA)    4:46
04    Marc Bolan (Toby Tyler) - Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan)    2:21
05    Matt Johnson - Starman (David Bowie)    2:52
06    Kina Grannis & Imaginary Future - Graceland (Paul Simon)    3:00
07    Feist & Ben Gibbard     - Train Song (Vashiti Bunyan)    3:02
08    James Blake - A Case of You (Joni Mitchell)    2:57
09    Civil Wars - I Want You Back (Jackson 5)    3:15
10    Neil Diamond - Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers)    3:37
11    Tuck & Patti - Castles Made of Sand, Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)    5:58
12    Calexico - The Guns of Brixton (Clash)    3:59
13    Ray Lamontagne - Crazy (Gnarls Barkley)    4:15
14    Bryan Adams - God Only Knows (Beach Boys)    3:30
15    Jack Johnson - Imagine (John Lennon)    3:39
16    Dada - A Man Needs A Maid (Neil Young)    4:16
17    Nickel Creek - I Should've Known Better (Carrie Newcomer)    4:27
18    Birdy - Skinny Love (Bon Iver)    3:21
19    Antony & the Johnsons - Crazy in Love (Beyonce Knowles)    4:47
20    Sandy Shaw - Jeane (Smiths)    2:52
21    John Lenix - Every Breath You Take (Police)    3:35
22    Alex Clare - Damn Your Eyes (Etta James)    2:22
23    Richie Havens - High Flyin' Bird (Judy Henske)    3:37
24    Rita Lee - In My Life (Beatles)    2:23
25    John Mayer - Free Fallin' [Live] (Tom Petty)    4:58

Track list 2

26    Sandi Thom - River (Joni Mitchell)    3:16
27    Marissa Nadler - Colorado Girl (Townes Van Zandt)    3:26
28    Matt Johnson - Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)    2:18
29    Steve Wilson - The Day Before You Came (Abba)    5:06
30    Chris Cornell - Nothin Compares 2 U (Prince)    5:03
31    Kate Bush    - Rocket Man (Elton John)    4:59
32    Ryan Adams - Wonderwall (Oasis)    4:09
33    Sonic Youth - Superstar (Carpenters)    4:06
34    Tori Amos - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)    3:15
35    Bobby Darin - Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan)    3:11
36    Cat Power - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)    3:05
37    Tracey Thorn - Femme Fatale    2:39
38    Bon Iver - I Can't Make You Love Me, Nick of Time (Bonnie Raitt)    6:42
39    Yo La Tengo - Take Care (Big Star)    2:31
40    Eva Cassidy - Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers)   3:36
41    Angus & Julia Stone - Stay With Me (Sam Smith)    2:43
42    Jose Feliciano - Light My Fire (Doors)    3:07
43    Dandy Warhols - The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Gordon Lightfoot)    4:57
44    Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)    4:06
45    Mars Volta - Things Behind the Sun (Nick Drake)    4:10
46    Joy Williams - Don't Let Me Down (Chainsmokers)    3:00
47    Everything But the Girl - Downtown Train (Tom Waits)    3:06
48    Cassandra Wilson - Wichita Lineman (Jimmy Webb)    5:48
49    Rufus Wainwright - Across the Universe (Beatles)    4:09
50    Johnny Cash - Hurt (Nine Inch Nails)    3:38


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  2. I haven't seen the one from 2019, but it is very good.
    Great covers and great artists, the originals and the new musicians.

    1. Hi eme_eh
      I hope you will enjoy the selections.

  3. Thanks Butteboy for the new covers collection!

    1. Hi Little Bill.
      This was previously posted November 29, 2019. But many don't have it so it is a re-up. Hope you will enjoy it.

  4. BB, thanks for another excellent (older) comp. You may have done this already but have you thought of doing a comp "the other way" i.e. acoustic songs covered loud? I thought of the concept but then had to dig deep for a couple of examples. Possibly my favourite cover ever was Hendrix doing "Like a Rolling Stone" at Monterey Pop. All Joni Mitchell early acoustic tracks stand as powerful songs but Nazareth did a cover of "This Flight Tonight" back in 1973. After that, I'm scratching my head for more examples!

    1. I am glad you are enjoying this compilating, JohnF.
      I like your idea. I should give it more thought.

  5. hey, bb! first oh all: thank you for sharing these lovely tunes <3.
    also: track 16 (Obadiah Parker - Hey-Ya, by the tracklist above) is actually A Man Needs A Maid (Neil Young, by Dala).
    and then again: thank you, BB

    1. Hi Trolha de São Paulo.
      Thanks for letting me know about that.
      I am not quite sure what happened, but the track should be 16 Hey-Ya (OutKast). It is clearly the Dada cover of "A Man Needs A Maid". I will change the track list above. But here is the track it should have been...

  6. Amazing collection, dear friend ❤
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Fernando Tucori.
      I am happy that this set is being listened to again.
      Glad you are enjoying it.