Rhino’s Got You Covered: All Prince Edition
Itâs Wednesday, so it must be time to take another dip into the Rhino catalog and trot out a new quartet of cover songs that you may or may not have heard before. This week, for no other reason than the fact that heâs awesome, weâve decided to spotlight some Prince songs...and because there are so many great ones, we figured weâd bump things up to a number that feels more Prince-appropriate, so instead of four covers, you get seven. Thatâs a whole lot of great music, so...letâs get started, shall we?
â¢ Billie Joe Armstrong, âManic Mondayâ (2020): As part of his No Fun Mondays series of cover song releases, the Green Day frontman put out this fantastic version of the Prince-penned Bangles tune, along with a video in which the eternally-gorgeous Susanna Hoffs is playing and singing along...but only for fun, as sheâs not actually on the recording!
â¢ The Art of Noise featuring Tom Jones, âKissâ (1988): Although much of Jonesâs career has found him interpreting other artistsâ songs, this Prince cover that he recorded with The Art of Noise remains arguably his best known in America, and rightfully so.
â¢ Rod Stewart, âPeachâ (2001): Although thereâs a generation of kids who only know Stewart from their grandparentsâ playing his four â count âem! â four GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK albums, hereâs proof that he was still rocking relatively hard just before making that shift into singing standards. Itâs available on his HUMAN album, but only on the expanded edition, so if it tickles your fancy, be sure you pick up the right version!
â¢ Tina Turner, âLetâs Pretend Weâre Marriedâ (LIVE) (1984): A staple of Turnerâs live set whilst touring behind her â84 comeback album, PRIVATE DANCER, this cover debuted as the B-side of her âShow Some Respectâ single, but it can now be found on the 30th anniversary expanded reissue of PRIVATE DANCER.
â¢ Joshua Redman, âHow Come U Donât Call Me Anymoreâ (1998): Redmanâs 1998 album TIMELESS TALES (FOR CHANGING TIMES) was a tribute to the jazz saxophonistâs favorite artists and influences. After tackling tunes by everyone from George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, and Cole Porter to Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Stevie Wonder, Redman wraps up the proceedings with a Prince tune.
â¢ The Hollies, âPurple Rainâ (1990): Originally released on a 12â single that was sold strictly at shows during the bandâs 1990 UK tour, this cover eventually made its way onto a 1996 best-of collection, thankfully.
â¢ Nina Simone, âSign âOâ the Timesâ (1993): Recorded for her final studio album, A SINGLE WOMAN, Simoneâs version of the title track of Princeâs 1987 double album didnât make the cut for the original release of the LP, but it has since been tacked onto the expanded version, along with covers of tunes by the Beatles (âThe Long and Winding Roadâ), Bob Marley (âNo Woman, No Cryâ), and Bob Dylan (âThe Times They Are a-Changinââ).