Harry Harland (Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome)
Last week, while mulling over whether or not legendary Spaghetti Western composer Ennio Morricone was still alive (he is), I reminded myself about this fantastic album from last year.
Danger Mouse, one of the most talented and overworked men in music (having produced numerous recent albums in addition to side-projects like Broken Bells and the small matter of being half of Gnarls Barkley), here teams up with Italian composer Daniele Luppi to create Rome, an album dedicated to and inspired by the music of maestro Morricone. In a nice additional touch, they roped in many of the musicians who recorded some of the great man’s works.
Around half the tracks on the album are instrumental, while the others feature none other than Jack White and Norah Jones on guest vocals. The results are all spliced in together, which gives the album a beautifully varied flow. In terms of standout tracks, I’ll nominate one with each vocalist. Firstly, Jack White’s familiar howl lends itself perfectly to The Rose With a Broken Neck. The second, featuring Norah Jones is called Black and is all strings ‘n’ soul.
This album is a fantastically relaxed listening experience, and with the weather warming up, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a nice BBQ.
Ed Lines (Electric Light Orchestra – Roll Over Beethoven)
Continuing from last week’s covers theme we’re rolling back to the 70s for a feel good Saturday song. An eight minute reworking of Chuck Berry’s original, fusing Beethoven’s Fifth with classic rock ‘n’ roll, ELO’s Roll Over Beethoven is my track of the day.