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)

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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 .

Naomi Yang’s ‘Fortune’ to play at Pop Montreal in September


Naomi Yang’s lovely silent film ‘Fortune’ is showing in Montreal in September as part of the Pop Montreal International Music Festival. The film, with a live accompaniment of eleven new songs by Damon & Naomi, will be screened at Film BOX (Quartiers POP) on the 19th September.

Damon & Naomi performing ‘Fortune’ in London in May

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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Originals: De l’automne a l’automne by Line et Willy (covered by Damon and Naomi)

The 1968 Monaco Eurovision Song Contest entry

OK, quick bonus entry… just in case you thought I might not have covered this song in enough detail already!

In last week’s Originals post I pointed out that the original of This Changing World was actually the b-side of the 1968 Monaco entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, and was therefore too obscure for the internet to provide a version to listen to…

Well, not any more. Where Spotify and YouTube failed, eBay came up trumps, so here is the original of This Changing World, a song that even Damon & Naomi didn’t realise they had covered!