Rhino's Got You Covered
Itâs Wednesday, so it must be time to take another dip into the Rhino catalog and trot out a new quartet of cover songs that you may or may not have heard before. Letâs get started, shall we?
â¢ Terry Hall, âThis Guyâs in Love with Youâ (1994): This Bacharach & David cover has been tacked onto the expanded edition of the former Specials / Fun Boy Three frontmanâs 1994 solo album, HOME, along with a cover of The Beach Boysâ âGod Only Knows.â
â¢ Dionne Warwick, âMonday, Mondayâ (1977): Actually, this Mamas and the Papas cover was originally recorded at some point in the late â60s, while Warwick was still on the roster of Scepter Records, but it wasnât released at that time. It somehow snuck out in â77 and landed on a compilation called ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK A HEART on Musicor Records (?), after which it continued to pop up on various other Warwick compilations, but if you want to own a copy of it, the best place to get the best-sounding version of it is on the much-more reputable ODDS & ENDS: SCEPTER RECORDS RARITIES, released by Real Gone Music and Rhino Custom Products.
â¢ The Persuasions, âWillie and Laura Mae Jonesâ (1977): The odds of you being familiar with this cover arenât significantly higher than the odds of you knowing that itâs a cover at all, but the song was written by the great Tony Joe White, and it originally hailed from his late â60s album BLACK AND WHITE. This version, however, is a pretty fantastic a cappella take by one of the legendary doowop groups of the â60s. Clarence Carter may have beaten them to the punch â he laid down a version in 1970 â but The Persuasions unquestionably make it their own.
â¢ Snake River Conspiracy, âHow Soon Is Now?â (2000): When it comes to covers of this all-time great Smiths song, itâs the version by Love Spit Love that gets the majority of the glory, thanks to its use in the film The Craft and as the theme song to the original Charmed series. There are others out there, however, and this is definitely one of the harder-edged versions.