It seems like every few days now we get another listen to Rave On Buddy Holly, the upcoming tribute album to the late rock-n-roll icon. The Black Keys and Julian Casablancas have served up faithful-but-updated versions of classic tracks, while Modest Mouse dipped their offering in familiar melancholy. For his contribution, Paul McCartney has turned the 1958 track Its So Easy into a song of modern rock sensibility.
The song’s a perfect fit for McCartney, who has performed it before, even at times with Hollys original band, The Crickets. Dueling guitars and gritty vocals give the tune a vibe Holly might have only dreamed of when he first laid it down. While its true to that original, Sir McCartney wasnt afraid to toy with it a bit. Take the two throaty rants near and at the end of the song: they certainly arent part of Hollys version, but except for perhaps the death rattle at the end, they very well couldve been. Check it out at RollingStone.com.
Rave On Buddy Holly is due for release June 28th via Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group.
Rave On Buddy Holly Tracklist:
01. The Black Keys Dearest
02. Fiona Apple and Jon Brion Every Day
03. Paul McCartney Its So Easy
04. Florence and the Machine Not Fade Away
05. Cee-Lo (Youre So Square) Baby, I Dont Care
06. Karen Elson Crying, Waiting, Hoping
07. Julian Casablancas Rave On
08. Jenny O. Im Gonna Love You Too
09. Justin Townes Earle Maybe Baby
10. She & Him Oh Boy
11. Nick Lowe Changing All Those Changes
12. Patti Smith Words of Love
13. My Morning Jacket True Love Ways
14. Modest Mouse Thatll Be the Day
15. Kid Rock Well All Right
16. Detroit Cobras Heartbeat
17. Lou Reed Peggy Sue
18. John Doe Peggy Sue Got Married
19. Graham Nash Raining in My Heart