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Tribute To [Vinyl] EP
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What I love about this little collection is how Jim James really gets inside these songs, making them his own while maintaining an appropriate feeling of reverence for the material. He was obviously inspired by this music and clearly had developed a deep personal connection with it. The songs are re-imagined as haunting, beautiful almost-chamber-pop, with Jim's great soaring voice accompanied by minimal instrumentation. The collection really is a treasure, and as the warm summer days head towards a close I find myself listening to these Autumnal sounds more and more frequently. Somewhere between campfire sing-along and reverb-filled grain silo, the music echoes in a space all its own.
Worth every penny and then some, this is one of the better releases I have heard this year.
"Tribute To" (6 tracks; 26 min.) brings 6 Harrison covers, with just Jim James playing acoustic guitar, with multitracking of his vocals, creating incredibly beautiful harmonies, check out the opening track "Long, Long, Long", which simply gives me shivers when listening to it. These recordings are awash in reverb, not surprisingly really if you sompare this to My Morning Jacket's "At Down" album from the same year this EP was recorded.
Jim James reinterprets the Harrison tunes beautifully, check out "Behind That Locked Door" and "Love You To", for example. The weakest track on here for me is the cover of "My Sweet Lord", which is too predictable, but in all fairness, it's a minor quib. It's a shame these recordings were left unreleased for so long. But now we can get to enjoy them, and what a delight they are. Back to the present: My Morning Jacket has been pretty much on hiatus the last year or so, after extensive touring behind their "Evil Urges" album, and Jim James got involved with Monters of Folk, a new one-off(?) band also containing Conor Oberst and M. Ward, and that album is coming out very shortly. I've heard a couple of songs of it already, and it sounds very enticing.
by being a true Harrison fan, Jim has created a masterpiece!
Buy Yim Yames "Tribute to George and you will find yourself going back and forth between "Tribute" and "All Things Must Pass".
If you never listened to "All Things Must Pass", buy it NOW! Along with Yim's "Tribute", you'll thank me.
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Big fan of the late George Harrison and was really impressed with Jim James on this record. Love his voice. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Kmiller
being as how I could easily consider george harrison's all things must pass 3 LP set to be the undisputed number one recorded release of all time in my own humble opinion which... Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by dasluftfahrtenpissenoffen
I love Jim James - but I think I prefer his creative genius when able to express himself with full band. Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by Lynn Fir
I previewed these tracks and wouldn't even spend 99 cents for the download. I wouldn't download these tracks for free. Read morePublished on September 27, 2009 by Mel R. Scurbica
Do yourself a favor and get the original George Harrison versions. The versions here pale in comparison.Published on September 27, 2009 by Steven Anderson