Friday, April 22, 2011

Cover Me Impressed: 'Almost Saturday Night'

Thank you, Jayhawks! If you go to the band's official Web site, you can download their complete June 21, 2010 show from the legendary First Avenue club. That three-night residency in their hometown of Minneapolis marked the first time the classic lineup (that included Mark Olson) had played together in America in almost 15 years. The song list is inspiring and even included tunes for the 'Bunkhouse' era. For me, one of the highlights comes during the encore when they pulled out a cover of "Almost Saturday Night" to close the show. It's a mildly well-known nugget from John Fogerty's early years as a solo artist, but I know the 1981 single by Dave Edmunds even better. You will find many covers in the Edmunds canon but, his take on Elvis Costello's "Girl's Talk" notwithstanding, I think this may be his his best. Hmm, that's probably shortchanging some great Rockpile-era songs, as well as the Edmunds-Nick Lowe EP of Everly Brothers tunes. Forget it. You be the judge.

John Fogerty - Almost Saturday Night (mp3)
Dave Edmunds - Almost Saturday Night (mp3)
The Jayhawks - Almost Saturday Night (Live) (mp3)

More Cover Me Impressed:
"Too Many Teardrops"
"Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"
"They Don't Know"
"Everybody's Talkin'"
"What Goes On"
"There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
Halloween Edition
"Porpoise Song"
"Prairie Rose"
"Come On Eileen"
"Walking On Thin Ice"
Jason Falkner Edition
"True Love Will Find You In The End"
"This Will Be Our Year"
"You're My Favorite Waste of Time"
"The End Of The World"
"(Don't Go Back To)Rockville"
"God Only Knows"
"And Your Bird Can Sing"
"So Sad About Us"
"Walking The Cow"

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