Whenever I tackle a song by The Beatles for Cover Wars, I like to head on over to see what Alan Pollack has to say on the song’s topic and the in-depth musical analysis he provides on his website, a must-bookmark site for any Beatles fan or musician. The absolute basics: Released on The White Album, written by George Harrison and Eric Clapton guests on lead guitar.
This Cover Wars has been a long-time coming as I have started compiling it at least once in the past but did not complete it as there is such a large number of exceptional covers of the tune. But today, I present to you these 14 covers of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
Artist: Jake Shimabukuro Album: Gently Weeps The Skinny: Leading off this week is ukelele extraordinaire Jake Shimabukuro who consistently wows audiences everywhere he plays. Shimabukuro’s cover is well known and is the inspiration for his 2006 album Gently Weeps.
There are no shortages of live performances from Shimabukuro of this song on YouTube with multiple clips having 1,000,000+ YouTube views. This one is the most popular, shot in New York City’s Central Park:
Eminence Front is one bad-ass tune on the otherwise forgettable 1982 album from The Who called It’s Hard. This song has got it all from the great synth intro to the driving guitar lines to the singalong chorus – the whole package.
Checking in on last week’s contest, Give Us The Money Lebowski has emerged victorious. If you like what you heard, don’t forget to check out these guys at Awesometown next weekend in Morrisville, PA.
Cousin Fungus: This week Cousin Fungus makes their Cover Wars debut. These guys were part of the collection of emerging jambands of the late ’90s. The levels on the recording are a little hot, but they do a good job with this one. Friend of Hidden Track Dan D. is responsible for getting this show, and most of the others up on the LMA. Source: 7-2-2000
READ ON for the rest of this week’s contestants and to place your vote…
Last week we kicked off the fifth edition of our Digging Deep series with five stellar videos featuring fun covers of some of our favorite songs from the YouTube archives. This week, we’ll conclude with five more kickass clips…
1. Former Drive-By Trucker Jason Isbell and his 400 Unit band have covered a number of songs since forming, but one of my favorites is their take on the Rolling Stones’ Sway…
READ ON to see covers of Buffalo Stance, Don’t Do It, Laid and more…