It was the only place that you could get the studio version of John Cale's Hallelujah cover. I hadn't heard it until my kids got into repeated watchings of a Shrek DVD. (Which also contains Butterfly Boucher's lovely cover of 'Changes' with Bowie). On buying the soundtrack album, I was annoyed to find a version that wasn't as good as the one in the film. They had got Rufus Wainwright to record it as they didn't have the rights to Cale's. I hunted for Cale's version and came across this compilation and was pleased to see that I wasn't going to buying it for just one song. Among others Robert Forster, Pete Astor, Lloyd Cole, Stephen Duffy, Cathal Coughlan, Nick Cave, Ian McCulloch, Pixies and That Petrol Emotion are all on it. I knew nothing of Cohen before buying this, other than Neil the Hippy referencing him in 'The Young Ones'. The album eventually led me to buying a few of his albums too.
Oh I love those books, have several ..... Transforma, Suicide, Horses, Loveless and Spider landThere's even one of those 33 1/3 books about it (and tribute albums in general)
Ray Padgett's new book on 'I'm Your Fan' and the history of the tribute album comes out September 3. Exclusive mixtape for Cover Me readers.www.covermesongs.com
A good read.