The Jordan tribute has been moving along nicely, and I must say that the songs turned in so far, well, in a word - "wow". This album is going to be extremely different from the original and incredibly engaging for any fan of sprout music.
I am quite honestly blown away by the talent and the creative energy that has gone into the reinvention or interpretation of these amazing songs.
Just a few teasers:
1. Jono Grant's version of Wild Horses has already been offered for preview -as per the link on the Facebook page, and Jono is currently helping out with Pat Allcocks version of "We Let The Stars Go". Pat approached the tune from the perspective of a Cowboy song, much like Faron Young or Cowboy Dreams, and I LOVE his version. He played most of the instruments and I am told that his friend Tim has just offered some pedal steel as well. Meanwhile, Jono is adding some of his own ideas and finally he will mix it.
2. A few others turned in or shared (progress teasers), like Nik Newarks remarkable re-imagining of "Machine Gun Ibiza". I'm not quite sure how to describe what Nik has done with this song, but it is beyond inventive. I think he might be a genius, and once you hear it -you will understand what I am saying this. There is so much going on within his framework that it's complexity may have surpassed the original 10 fold. Excellent.
3. Bob Remsteins ideas for "One of The Broken" are wonderful. He is moving the song into a darker territory, much more moody and textured. I've only heard 45 seconds of it, but it's great. Bob penned and performed the song "Spirit Us Away" for the Sproutless Insights album, so of course I expect nothing less than excellent from Bob, and he does not disappoint.
4. Australian studio wiz "Sean Timms" has turned in a demo for his version "Mercy". Sean's piano and thoughtful organ phrasings are sublime and perfectly suited for the southern gospel approach he has taken- which he has accomplished brilliantly. I can honestly say that I like his version better than the original, and I'll bet Paddy will get a real kick out of it too. It's very powerful, emotional and moving. Sean has also managed to bring in a special guest singer to join me (I will release her name a bit later on), and she is absolutely superb! Looking forward to the final version of this tune!
5. Rhodri Marsden. The guy just killed it. His version of "Moon Dog" is beautiful. Everyone will love this, enough said.
Other songs have rolled in too, but I will wait to discuss them for the next blog entry. Songs like Rollmo Stars "Jesse James Bolero" and more. Plus, a few bonus songs from Robert LePlar "Mercy", and Adam Unknown's "We Let The Stars Go".
Several more bonus songs will be talked about as well.
Thanks, more soon...