Rhino’s Got You Covered: The Housemartins, R.B. Greaves, The Moments, and Etta James
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. Letâs get started, shall we?
1. The Housemartins, âCaravan of Loveâ (1986): If youâre from the UK or just lived there during the mid-1980s, then youâve almost certainly heard this Isley, Jasper, Isley cover, since it actually topped the UK Singles chart. It canât be found on either of The Housemartinsâ studio albums, unfortunately, but it is available digitally, thankfully, so thank heavens for small favors.
2. R.B. Greaves, âA Whiter Shade of Paleâ (1970): The fact that this Procol Harem tune can be found on a compilation called ATLANTIC UNEARTHED should give you some clue as to how well-known a cover it is, but now that weâve discovered it, we canât get enough of it. Hereâs hoping you feel the same way, and if you do, be sure to check out more of Greavesâs work.
3. The Moments, âRocky Raccoonâ (1970): Beatles purists will be upset by at least two things when they check out this âWhite Albumâ cover â the shortening of the title and the tweaking of the lyrics â but most others will just be impressed that someone decided to tackle this track and try to make it their own.
4. Etta James, âOnly Women Bleedâ (1978): One of the great R&B belters of her day, Jamesâs 1978 album DEEP IN THE NIGHT found her tackling songs made famous by Janis Joplin (âPiece of My Heartâ) and the Eagles (âTake It to the Limitâ), as well as tunes penned by songwriters ranging from Kiki Dee (âSugar on the Floorâ) to Allen Toussaint (âSweet Touch of Loveâ). For our money, though, you canât beat her take on this Alice Cooper classic.