Originals: Whispering Pines by The Band (covered by Damon and Naomi)

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Whispering Pines was written by The Band’s Richard Manuel (with Robbie Robertson) and released on their second album (The Band) in 1969:

Damon & Naomi’s cover was released on their second album The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi in 1995. This is the version that appeared on The Bootleg Edition a couple of years back:

Originals: While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Rutherford Chang: We Buy White Albums
George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps was originally released by The Beatles on The Beatles (aka The White Album) in 1968

There’s an early demo version on Anthology 3

Rolling Stone reckoned it was the 10th greatest Beatles song Ian MacDonald in the brilliant Revolution in the Head, wasn’t particularly taken with the track (but then he wasn’t often impressed with George’s songs):

… as a whole the track exudes a browbeating self importance that quickly becomes tiresome [...]. While My Guitar Gently Weeps enshrines, in its plodding sequence, rocks typical overstatement and slow rate of harmonic change. The energetic topicality of pop is here supplanted by a dull grandiosity predictive of the simplified stadium music of the Seventies and Eighties.

Damon and Naomi’s version was released on their fifth album The Earth is Blue in 2005 and includes the slightly different lyrics from the Anthology version .

Originals: We’re Not Supposed to Be Lovers by Adam Green (covered by Dean and Britta)

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Adam Green’s original of We’re Not Supposed to be Lovers was released on his second solo album “friends of Mine” in 2003.

Dean & Britta’s cover appeared on their Words You Used to Say EP in 2008
MP3: Dean & Britta – We’re Not Supposed to be Lovers

Here’s a live version recorded at a secret gig in Copenhagen in 2007:

MP3: Dean & Britta – We’re Not Supposed to be Lovers (live in Copenhagen)

And here’s a sweet blurry video of that show

Originals: Victory Garden by Red Krayola (covered by Galaxie 500)

Victory Gardens!
Just a quickie to-day as I’ve posted a couple of times about Victory Garden before:
Mp3: Victory Garden – Enough or Adolf
Friday recycling: Victory Garden
Originally by Red Krayola on their second LP “God Bless the Red Krayola and All Who Sail With It” in 1968

Galaxie 500 released it on the b-side of their Blue Thunder single, and it has more recently been on the CD reissues of On Fire.

MP3: Galaxie 500 – Victory Garden (live in The Netherlands, 1989)

Originals: Translucent Carriages by Pearls Before Swine (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Pearls Before Swine – One Nation Underground (1967 ESP Disk) 1980 Adelphi Records reissue w/Balaklava

Translucent Carriages was recorded for Pearls Before Swine’s second album Balaklava in 1968.

Damon & Naomi’s cover version was first released on the Magic Eye Singles Pearls Before Swine tribute album “For The Dead in Space” in 1997 and subseuqntly turned up on the following years Playback Simgers.

MP3: Damon & Naomi – Translucent Carriages

You can read a bit more about my encounters with Pearls Before Swine’s Tom Rapp here. Tom has also previously turned up in the Originals series covering Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released with Damon & Naomi at 1997′s first Terrastock festival.

Bonus: Here’s a track I didn’t include in the Originals series because it didn’t really fit.

MP3: Tom Rapp – After The Goldrush (originally by Neil Young, produced by Damon and with Naomi on backing vocals)

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