Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline was released on April 9, 1969. It continued the country leanings of the last two songs on his prior album John Wesley Harding. It was a lot different than the albums he had produced just a few years earlier of image-laden organ-drenched pounding rock.
This was a straight country album and didn’t seem very ambitious. It was peaceful during a really turbulent time. The best songs have held up well – I prefer “I Threw It All Away” and “To Be Alone With You” to the hit “Lay Lady Lay”.
Chuck Berry recorded his song “Carol” in 1958. The Beatles performed it for the BBC in 1963 but that wasn’t released until 1994. The Rolling Stones also covered it in 1964. Both bands just sound really young to me. The Rolling Stones also covered it live in 1969; this is a much more confident and relaxed version.
These are not really covers. They are two versions by the song’s co-authors, Steve Goodman and Jimmy Buffett. The song makes references to the TV show “Let’s Make a Deal” and name-checks three actual people on the show, the host Monty Hall and his sidekicks Jay (Stewart) and Carol Merrill. Buffett’s version was released in 1974 and Goodman’s version was released in 1975. Goodman’s version quotes lines from Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” which end with “Do you want to make a deal?”. Buffett’s version has some lines at the end that are not in Goodman’s recording.
Get Happy!! (1980) is a very underrated album by Elvis Costello. Influenced by R&B, Elvis crammed 20 brief songs into the album. The reissue has 30 bonus tracks! Most were original but there were two covers. Both were great but very different from the original versions.
Fountains of Wayne was an excellent power pop band that that was founded in 1995 and last recorded in 2011. Their album Welcome Interstate Managers (2003) had some great videos. “Stacy’s Mom” featured Rachel Hunter while Drew Carey was in “Mexican Wine”. “Stacy’s Mom” was extremely funny, just like the song about an adolescent boy who is attracted to the mother of his girl friend.