VARIOUS ARTISTS, Kindred Spirits: A Tribute to the Songs of Johnny Cash (Lucky Dog/Columbia) Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, and other top-notch talent cover Cash’s crop.
ELVIS PRESLEY, 30 #1 Hits (RCA) A cadre of producers remixed 31 of the King’s chart-toppers. Includes JXL’s hit version of “A Little Less Conversation.”
LES CLAYPOOL, Purple Onion (Prawn Song) Claypool frolics in all his Zappa-esque glory, along with guests like fellow bassists Lonnie Marshall and Norwood Fisher (from Weapon of Choice and Fishbone, respectively).
ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Feeling (Mutant Enemy/Rounder) Buffy buffs can finally bite into the soundtrack to last season’s musical episode.
IF YOU LIKE…
Inventive jazz covers of rock tunes, check out trumpeter DAVE DOUGLAS’ take on RUFUS WAINWRIGHT’s “Poses” on The Infinite.
BRIAN WILSON-style pop, get your head around Mind if We Make Love to You from the WONDERMINTS, the Wilsonian band who backed him on his live Pet Sounds CD.
LED ZEPPELIN’s raucous riffage, check out the DAMN PERSONALS’ Standing Still in the USA, a garage-y take on Page and Plant-style heavy rock.
Both SLY & THE FAMILY STONE and Scottish indie pop (who doesn’t?), give a listen to the PASTELS’ cover of “Everybody Is a Star” on You Don’t Need Darkness to Do What You Think Is Right, a compilation from the Pastels’ Geographic label.