Musical Monday: Cover songs #10

I’ve started 2023 with a series of my favourite cover songs. It’s quite amazing how many artists cover one another’s songs. Sometimes they’re not artists you might expect, sometimes they are.

My beloved is a fan of Sir Elton John, I don’t share his enthusiasm but do agree that Elton composes great tunes. Consequently, my favourite album of his is Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin, a 1991 tribute album consisting of interpretations of 16 songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The title refers to a song on John’s album 21 at 33, Two Rooms at the End of the World, and to the duo’s unusual collaborative style; it is also the title of a 1991 film documenting their long-term collaboration.

Most of the songs on Two Rooms are drawn from Elton and Bernie’s A-list and some of them really illustrate the depth of their songwriting abilities. Sinéad O’Connor finds the tortured soul of the 1989 divorce song Sacrifice in a way that the original recording never did.

The record succeeds in conveying the enormous influence and productivity of the collaboration between John and Taupin. But it sometimes makes you think they’ve been just a bit too prolific and that their influence might not always be a good one.

Which version do you prefer? Let me know below.

6 Comments on “Musical Monday: Cover songs #10

  1. Yeah I still have this CD. “Come Down In Time” is a highlight and even Wilson Phillips do a surprisingly good job on “Daniel.” That’s kind of similar to what you’re saying about Sinead – definitely some surprises here. Like for example how lame The Who sound. But all in all a great tribute project.

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