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EVERCLEAR The Vegas Years Capitol (2008)


Not afraid to show their roots, this album contains 14 cover versions, recorded live and in the studio over the last 14 years. And a lot of fun it is too.

Opener "Rich Girl", is new to CD (previously unreleased), as is Paul Revere/Raders' "Kicks". Very different but fun and enlightening too.

This is also the only place you'll find Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back In Town" sit next to Yaz's "Bad Connection" and remotely work.

These all nod towards straight ahead rock/pop, but in a good way. Some decent rock'n'roll mixed in there too.

A standout, original and thoroughly enjoyable take is Little Jimmy Dickens' "Night Train To Memphis", adding some country to the rock'n'roll.

Neil Young, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, Van Morrison and The Go Go's all get a look in too.

If anything the guitar is a little clangy/jangly in places, but on the whole it's a good set, especially as few of the covers are 'by numbers', they are original takes that keep some essence of the original song.

Between hits, rarities and influences, a covers album that is different, worthwhile and for fans and more.


Review by Joe Geesin

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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