The last Counting Crows record Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings was a bit of a disappointment, given what had gone before. Their first four albums are all wonderful and varied listens, while SN&SM seemed like a very big step backwards. The songs improved in a live setting, but I still can’t bring myself to go back to listen to the record.
Last year Adam Duritz released a little EP of covers for free through facebook, and this reminded me more of the Crows I had known and loved, the band who included well-placed Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell covers on their fourth record and regularly tapped into Springsteen on the road.
In April they return with a brand new album, of some very varied covers, and you can download an 8.1MB mp3 of their cover of Tender Mercies’ ‘Mercy’ for free right now. Keep in mind that Tender Mercies is made up of half of Counting Crows anyway, so it’s not a total cover.
Untitled (Love Song) by Romany Pye
Start Again by Teenage Fanclub
Hospital by Coby Brown
Mercy by Tender Mercies
Meet On The Ledge by Fairport Convention
Like Teenage Gravity by Kasey Anderson & The Honkies
Amie by Pure Prairie League
Coming Around by Travis
Ooh La La by The Faces
All My Failures by Dawes
Return of the Grevious Angel by Gram Parsons
Four White Stallions by Tender Mercies
Jumping Jesus by Sordid Humor
You Ain’t Going Nowhere by Bob Dylan
The Ballad of El Goodo by Big Star