main_stem wrote:This has to be as good as Basie's Beattle Bag and Basie Does Bond.Nate Dogg wrote:I am not endorsing this album. I thought it would be fun to post it though.
Veteran singer/songwriter Paul Anka tackles the music of a younger generation on his new album, "Rock Swings." Due June 7 via Verve, the 14-track set features Anka's orchestra-backed interpretations of everything from Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger."
Released earlier this year internationally (even reaching No. 1 on the German album chart), the set also includes covers of Oasis' "Wonderwall," Van Halen's "Jump," the Pet Shop Boys' "It's a Sin," the Cure's "Lovecats," Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face," Lionel Ritchie's "Hello," Spandau Ballet's "True" and Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven."
Anka will be on tour in North America throughout the rest of the year, with a new round of dates set to begin May 29 at Harrah's in St. Louis.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
The album is getting buzz on several MP3 Blogs.
Tonight, they were playing "Black Hole Sun" at Barnes and Noble. It is a Verve release, so it will be on iTunes and other MP3 sites. So, this is probably not going to end up being a terribly obscure CD when all is said and done. The album will get a U.S. release on June 7th.
I have downloaded five tracks from Rock Swings from blogs.
Unlike Richard Cheese, New Morty Show, Recliners, Pat Boone; some of the tracks are very danceable, in a groovy, Bobby Darin/Rat Pack way.
Of the five tracks that I have heard, "Hello", "Jump", and "Blackhole Sun" are all danceable (However, you have to edit out the first 93 seconds or so of "Black Hole Sun"). Also, "Hello" kinda lacks energy. "Love Cats" is latin. "Wonderwall" is too loungy, lacks a steady tempo.
"Jump" works the best of those songs I have heard. I predict that it is going to get picked by some swing DJs, to the dismay of some DJs/dancers on this board. Blackhole Sun will also get some play, since it appears to be the single.
I am going to play "Jump" at the Fed on Thursday, test it out.