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Imitations

Mark Lanegan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 17, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • ASIN: B00E7NIQDO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 covers album from the veteran Alt-Rock singer/songwriter. Among the 12 tracks, Lanegan tackles Hall & Oates' "She's Gone", Nancy Sinatra's "You Only Live Twice", Nick Cave's "Brompton Oratory", and Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife", and more. In a statement, Lanegan described the project's emotional significance, "When I was a kid in the late sixties and early seventies, my parents and their friends would play the records of Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como, music with string arrangements and men singing songs that sounded sad whether they were or not. At home my folks were also listening to country music, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Vern Gosdin were some of our favorites. For a long time I've wanted to make a record that gave me the same feeling those old records did, using some of the same tunes I loved as a kid and some that I've loved as I have gotten older. This record is it, Imitations."

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another gem from Mr. Lanegan September 17, 2013
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Chances are if you're looking up this item you are probably already familiar with the great Mark Lanegan and his superb back catalog. Needless to say, his (second) album full of covers is just as excellent as 1999's I'll Take Care of You. The production is a little more lush on this one and Mark summons more a crooner style vocal display (the results are chill inducing). Mark's voice only continues to get better with age. If you're a fan, chances are you won't skip a single song out of the bunch.

This man's body of work along with countless collaborations is nothing short of amazing, and this album fits in nicely to his already solidified legacy. It may also interest you to know that several notable musicians/friends contribute on this album, to include Alain Johannes, Duff Mckagan, former Screaming Trees bandmates Barrett Martin and Mark Pickerel, Jeff Fielder, as well as the incredible guitarist Mike Johnson (notably the first time they've worked together in about 12 years--undoubtedly my favorite contributor on Mark's past solo albums from the 90s). Buy this album, you will not regret it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers the sadness ......Mark Lanegan September 17, 2013
By Keene
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Man, I like this album. Lanegan covers John Cale, Nick Cave, Nancy Sinatra, Andy Williams, Kurt Weill/Bobby Darin and others, artists that I have listened to for decades. Evidently Lanegan has too. I love this kind of music and his voice is up front and center. The production is just right for his vocals. His bluesy, folk delivery is in top form.

Lanegan evidently respects singers of all stripes and enjoys their work. Any singer that admires the work of Andy Williams and John Cale has got good taste in my opinion. I just read an interview with him where he says that Cale is probably his all time favorite artist. I can understand that....and appreciate it.

I wouldn't say that his versions are better than the originals.....they are his versions, not really imitations....they are respectful and they are excellent. His acoustic version of Mack the Knife I really enjoy. The music from Kurt Weill's , Three Penny Opera has always been among my favorites. The song about Mack Heath is very dark, after all he was a rapist an arsonist and a murderer. The other songs are about the sadness of broken hearts and the human condition. These are very honest interpretations.

If you are a fan of Lanegan's and these types of ballads and singers you should like this......And if you like this, check out his work with Isobel Campbell and Soulsavers, as well as his solo work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It Just To Hear Mark Sing Autumn Leaves September 19, 2013
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Lost love, loneliness, salvation, wistfulness...

I made a track listing and noted the most popular version (debatable...) and year of official release - so you can see how many decades of music Mark is drawing on. This is an amazing album. It's like finding a box of old photographs and just sitting by the window and looking at each one...and some are new as well...

1) Flatlands [Chelsea Wolfe] 2012
2) She's Gone [Godsin Brothers] 1968
3) Deepest Shade [Greg Dulli] >~2000 (not previously officially released?)
4) You Only Live Twice [Nancy Sinatra] 1967
5) Pretty Colors [Frank Sinatra] 1968
6) Brompton Oratory [Nick Cave] 1997
7) Solitaire [Andy Williams] 1973
8) Mack the Knife [Bobby Darin] 1958 or [Louis Armstrong] 1956
9) I'm Not the Loving Kind [John Cale] 1975
10) Lonely Street [Andy Williams] 1959
11) Elegie Funebre [Gérard Manset] 1970 (in French)
12) Autumn Leaves [Andy Williams] 1959
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once Again, Mark Lanegan Explores New Terriorty... September 17, 2013
By Amirata
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What I love about Mark Lanegan is that each of his albums are different from one another. Each has a unique and original twist, color, atmosphere and persona. Here we have Lanegan's latest output, Imitations. What's wonderful about this album is that not only does it include a great set of covers, but it's also a musical tribute to his parents and the people he grew up with. I think that has a touching sentiment.

Now for the music itself. Like I mentioned previously, Mark adds his own twist to the music he sings. Imitations includes songs that were famously sung by classic singers like Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra and Bobby Darin. The album also includes some contemporary covers including ones by Nick Cave and The Twilight Singers. My personal favorites are: "Flatlands", "You Only Live Twice", "Pretty Colors", "Brompton Oratory", and "Mack the Knife". "You Only Live Twice" was originally sung by Nancy Sinatra for a James Bond film. To be quite honest, I enjoy Mark's rendition of this song more. The original is great, but a little to crowded in terms of production. Mark's version is simple and includes an acoustic guitar.
I am a huge fan of both Mark Lanegan and Frank Sinatra, but do I dare to say that I like Mark's rendition of "Pretty Colors" much more than the original? Yes! The original is a classic of course, but from an album that wasn't received so well. Sinatra sung a collection of folk songs for the album Cycles. This song was included in it. What I dislike about the original is the chorus vocals. It weakens the song in my opinion. Besides that, Sinatra's voice is unmatched. But I find Mark's version charming and more laid back. As for "Mack the Knife", Bobby Darin's version is a classic and it's a wonderful version at that. Mark's version is acoustic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man, Period
I really think that Lanegan should change his name to The Man because he simply is. Of course he wouldn't because that's self-indulgent. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Rother
4.0 out of 5 stars He's an Original
All of Lanegan's records take time to grow on me, but after last year's incredible and cohesive *Blues Funeral* (which I found a worthy follow-up to *Bubblegum*), he's returned to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by vvv
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
lanegan, he keeps getting better. this could have been another cheesy covers album but since this is lanegan, not the case. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ewen McEwen
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars
This is a very nice album from Mark but it's not his best. I can't rate it 5 stars like I would rate Bubblegum, Blues Funeral, etc. Read more
Published 9 months ago by zapata1910
5.0 out of 5 stars avis
super album de Mark Lanegan, encore un opus de cover à la préliminaires de'Iggy POP , Cette envie de chanter des standards sur le retour d'age !!!! Pour les fans .
Published 9 months ago by Genest Didier
4.0 out of 5 stars classics darkened
I love the way Mark brings a beautiful dark tint to the classics. The French song took a little to digest, but Shades of Blue and Not the Loving Kind are truly staggering...
Published 10 months ago by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is a great album , every song has a story that takes you away to a place of sweet memory or escape . Mark keeps providing music that is so true and straight
Published 10 months ago by max
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews for the price of one
From its self-effacing title to its understated ivory-and-black cover art, Imitations lightens the palette that masterful baritone vocalist Mark Lanegan has brought to nearly all... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stargrazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars isnt enough.
Your puny mortal ratings system is too limited to rate this Lanegan. At least eight of the stars would be needed. This album is epic, and delivers on all fronts. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Howard H. Hickman
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Strong Entry
If it doesn't reach the heights of, say, Field Songs or Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, Imitations does show that Mark Lanegan continues to grow as an artist. Read more
Published 10 months ago by zombyboy
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