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Under the Covers, Vol. 1

Matthew Sweet, Susanna HoffsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 18, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000EQ5QFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I See The Rain (The Marmalade)
2. And Your Bird Can Sing (The Beatles)
3. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Bob Dylan)
4. Who Knows Where The Time Goes? (Fairport Convention)
5. Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young And Crazy Horse)
6. Alone Again Or (Love)
7. Warmth Of The Sun (The Beach Boys)
8. Different Drum (The Stone Poneys, featuring Linda Ronstadt)
9. The Kids Are Alright (The Who)
10. Sunday Morning (The Velvet Underground)
11. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Neil Young And Crazy Horse)
12. Care Of Cell #44 (The Zombies)
13. Monday Monday (The Mamas And The Papas)
14. She May Call You Up Tonight (The Left Banke)
15. Run To Me (The Bee Gees)

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What do alt-rock/power pop heroes like Susanna Hoffs ( The Bangles) and Mattew Sweet do on their time off? They get together in Mattew's comfy home studio and record a stunning album of their fovorite '60s pop hits ans rarities,of course! Columbia. 2006.

Sid (Matthew Sweet, after his character's name in the Austin Powers band Ming Tea) and Susie (Susanna Hoffs, who joined him and Mike Myers in belting out "BBC" on the soundtrack) are in as fine voice as ever on Under the Covers, Vol. 1, a 15-song collection of tunes first made famous by the likes of the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, and the Who. And man, were they born to sing this stuff. Both the Bangles and Sweet discographies are derivative--in the best possible sense--of late-'60s pop-rock, and who didn't love the Merry-Go-Round, Grass Roots, Simon & Garfunkel, and Big Star covers Hoffs and company scattered among their originals? Recorded at Sweet's home studio in the Hollywood Hills, the album opens strong with "I See the Rain," a Marmalade song from 1967 that Jimi Hendrix called the year's best British single but was a hit only in the Netherlands. Maybe Sweet's stinging, ringing fretwork (he plays most of the non-percussion instruments on this disc) and Hoffs's throwback vocals will rectify that, nearly 40 years later. The two proceed to nail the Beatles' "And Your Bird Can Sing," one of the high points on Revolver, and score similarly with Fairport Convention's "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?" (Hoffs in full ballad mode), the Stone Poneys' "Different Drum," the Who's "The Kids Are Alright," Love's "Alone Again Or," and a pair of Neil Young numbers, "Cinnamon Girl" and "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere." Some of the selections do miss the mark--Hoffs's smoky-sweet backing vocals seem a little misplaced on Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," and "The Warmth of the Sun" was probably the wrong Beach Boys track for Sweet to attempt (Brian Wilson himself strains at those high notes nowadays). But by and large this is a delightful power-pop excursion. Van Dyke Parks's liner notes, keyboards, and string arrangements make it that much better, as do Sweet collaborator Ric Menck's drums, Ed Fotheringham's illustrations, and Henry Diltz's photographs (Hoffs looks as stunning today as she did when laying down All Over the Place). --Benjamin Lukoff

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Taste, No Revelations November 9, 2006
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"Under the Covers" is a solid album covering '60s and '70s pop tunes. Sweet and Hoffs have the talent and production chops to put together convincing remakes of some well known songsand some exciting obscurities. Mostly it works well, although Sweet should never again attempt early-period Beach Boys (he just can't sing up there effectively). The album is more a celebration of Sweet and Hoff's great taste (and Sweet's guitar prowess) than an album with anything urgent or fresh to say. It's a pleasant listen and a good way of getting lots of great tunes in one place. But it doesn't really do anything all that innovative or moving.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Susanna Hoff's best work by far October 3, 2006
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Hoffs and Matthew Sweet are clearly having a whopping good time with this album of covers from the 60's which includes well-known and not so well-known songs. The song selection offers an intriguing mixing of obvious choices such as "Monday, Monday" with surprises like the Beatles' rarely played guitar masterpiece, "And Your Bird Can Sing." The arrangments are slavish to the originals, but the material is played and sung with more than enough gusto to compensate for the lack of originality. Hoffs' voice shows a surprising vigor not evident in her Bangles work, especially on "Different Drum" on which she goes toe-to-toe with the original version by the Stone Ponys featuring the classic vocal from a young Linda Ronstadt (although Hoffs' version does lack the charm of the distinctive Southern twang of Ronstadt's voice). Hoffs' voice is well complimented by Sweets', and the two provide some surprising harmonizing on songs like "Different Drum. This is a feel good album if there ever was one and as such it delivers the goods.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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Run to me whenever you're lonely.

Run to me if you need a shoulder

Now and then you need someone older,

so darling, you run to me.

These are some of the memorable lines of the song entitled "Run To Me' by The Bee Gees at the end of this CD; and like the rest of this CD the effect really packs a punch-the message all throughout this CD that Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs want to give us is that some songs are just plain too good to ever be forgotten. Under The Covers is a great album of `60s songs as well as a tribute to these songs. Of course, the amorous hint of being "under the covers" lends a distinctive romantic and nostalgic flavor to the entire album.

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs have teamed up as a fictional couple named Sid and Susie to produce this awesome album of great 1960s music. Indeed, even the title of the album shows what the CD is really all about: great songs from the 1960s being covered (sung) by Matthew and Susanna. Matthew and Susanna not only sing passionately throughout this album; their complete emotional involvement cries out to you to really pay attention and to relish every single minute of it.

The CD starts out with a great track by The Marmalade entitled "I See The Rain." The guitars really rock and Matthew and Susanna really let their hair down for a great rendition of this song. Keeping up the great momentum is the next track written by none other than The Beatles, "And Your Bird Can Sing." It's a beautiful song that will move you; and the musical arrangements are very well done.

Other great songs that I particularly enjoyed and found moving were "Monday Monday" by The Mamas and The Papas and "Alone Again Or" by Love.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful melodies and uplifting lyrics February 14, 2007
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The Good

A catchy guitar hook and a blending of Hoffs and Sweet's vocals command "I See the Rain" (The Marmalade). On "And Your Bird Can Sing" (The Beatles), Sweet and Hoffs trade harmonic melodies back and forth. Matthew also lays down a great surf-rock guitar solo. The duo expresses their rocking side on Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl." The tempo is slightly faster than the original, but it still has all of the edgy guitar fuzz. With just one note you will instantly recognize the mark of Brian Wilson on "The Warmth of the Sun" (The Beach Boys). This down-tempo number is lead mostly by Matthew's high-pitched vocals. Susana backs him up on the choruses.

Hoffs has such a sweet voice on The Stone Poneys classic "Different Drum." This is definitely one of the songs I think of when I think of that decade. I had no idea it was written by Mike Nesmith (Monkees). Sweet and Hoffs unleash their rocking side again on "The Kids are Alright" (The Who) and "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere" (Neil Young & Crazy Horse). As the duo states in their liner notes, Who doesn't like The Mammas and the Papas? Songs like Monday, Monday were the epitome of the music scene in the sixties.

The Bad

Nothing notable

The Verdict

Not that I lived it, but what I've gathered in my lifetime; this album recreates the sounds of the sixties with beautiful melodies and uplifting lyrics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Pop Record!!! June 29, 2006
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This is such a fun record. Lately I've been buying lots of CD's featuring cover songs. This one ranks way up there. Matthew Sweet is just so amazing, and the way he and Suzie sing together is just pop perfection. If you like this sort of CD I also highly recommend "High School Reunion - a tribute to those great 80's films!" That's one I bought last year from Amazon and it rocks!!! As a matter of fact, Matthew Sweet covers Tom Petty's "American Girl" from Fast Times at Ridgemont High on that CD. It's one of my favorites.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Ray of Sunshine to My Ears!
I feel good listening to this, and I imagine being transported back in time when these songs were playing. Highly recommended for repeat listening.
Published 6 months ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great CD
I Love This Cd, for it sounds like Rock Music from the golden, years 1965-1968 just wish i could find a Vinyl copy. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kurt G. Zeigler
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice collection of covers
Not only are the songs great and performed fantastically, the booklet is full of very interesting facts about the songs and the effect they had on the performers.
Published 16 months ago by S. Haun
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful suprising find, I cant stop listening to it
Delightful suprising find, I cant stop listening to it. This was the nicest little discovery I have made in a long time.
Published 22 months ago by brian hurley
4.0 out of 5 stars worthwhile
Although these two seem an odd couple, they made the duet work on more than half of the songs here, and that's not half-bad! Read more
Published on March 2, 2011 by Kurt C.
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST COVER ALBUMS OF ALL TIME vol. 1
Those who are interested in exploring new interpretations of old songs, must get this album. Under The Covers is not just a recycle of songs. Read more
Published on April 5, 2010 by Surjorimba Suroto
4.0 out of 5 stars Vender ships prompty
Sweet & Hoffs of the Bangels doing some standards. Godd album especially at the discounted price. Seller ships fast. Product as advertised.
Published on December 23, 2009 by J. G.
2.0 out of 5 stars Why?
This is a note for note reproduction of some 60's classics. If you like the songs, listen to the originals! To Matthew Sweet: why? There is no reason for this CD. Read more
Published on May 25, 2009 by S. Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop Music At It's Best
You don't have to be old enough to have heard these 40 year old songs in their original releases to enjoy their covers by Hoffs and Sweet. Read more
Published on September 19, 2008 by Gregory B. Geiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs - Under The Covers, Vol. 1
This recording is by the exquisitely talented team of Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, who obviously love each of the songs and artists from the 1960's and '70's they've chosen to... Read more
Published on November 8, 2007 by Don Y
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"Who Knows Where the Time Goes" really wasn't a Fairport Convention...
True. It shows up on the Strawbs first album.
Apr 21, 2006 by P. PITTMAN |  See all 9 posts
Different Drum was written by Mike Nesmith of the Monkees...
True, when Mike was with The First National Band, way back when. But as the other poster mentioned it was Lindas' breakthrough hit. NOW, did you know The Stone Poneys went on to become The Eagles?
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