Rhino’s Got You Covered: Club for Five, Vanilla Fudge, Percy Sledge, and Peter and Gordon
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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
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It's 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. Let's get started, shall we?
- Club for Five, "Walking on the Moon" (2009): This contemporary acapella group from Finland first came together in 2001 and performs predominantly in their native country, which – not entirely surprisingly – means that their popularity in the U.S. is pretty limited. That said, they've done some really unique reinventions of songs, so if you like their take on this Police cover, you'd do well to check out some of the other albums in their catalog, starting with YOU'RE THE VOICE, from whence this track originates.
- Vanilla Fudge, "My World is Empty Without You" (1984): If you know anything at all about Vanilla Fudge, then you know that they built their career on putting their own musical stamp on classic songs, including The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On," which was a huge hit for the band. As such, it's no surprise that they'd dip back into the Holland-Dozier-Holland catalog again, as they did with this track from their mid-1980s album MYSTERY,
- Percy Sledge, "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" (1970): First of all, if you haven't yet seen the new Bee Gees documentary on HBO, then stop reading this piece immediately and go watch it. After you're done... Oops, probably should've told you to at least finish the piece first, but if you are still reading, it was that doc which inspired us to slip Percy Sledge's version of this brothers Gibb classic into the proceedings.
- Peter and Gordon, "Homeward Bound" (1966): Although Peter Asher and Gordon Waller first made an impact on the charts with a Lennon and McCartney tune ("World Without Love"), they covered some tunes by a few other high-profile folks as well, including Simon and Garfunkel. You can find it on their second-self titled album, where it's situated in a piece prime real estate as the LP's closer.