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Under The Covers Vol 1 CD (2006)

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great 60's music revisited

by schade on 8/4/2007

Some of the song selections left me scratching my head because they were so obscure, but the arrangements are very true to the originals and Hoffs and Sweet perform well together. Photos throughout the insert--Susanna Hoffs looks fantastic for someone who will turn 50 before I do!

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What do alt-rock/power pop heroes like Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) and Matthew Sweet do on their time off? They get together in Matthew's comfy home studio and record a stunning album of their favorite '60s pop hits and rarities, of course!

The two first worked together in conjunction with Mike Myers as members of the band Ming Tea, appearing in all three Austin Powers movies and soundtracks. Now they've struck out on their own with Under The Covers Vol. 1, a tribute to their favorite '60s acts, including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Who, and cult favorites like The Velvet Underground, The Zombies, The Left Banke and Love. Leaving the songwriting to others lets Matthew and Susanna focus on singing, and the results are breathtaking. For extra authenticity, they even asked Van Dyke Parks (most famous for his work with the Beach Boys) to play keyboards and write string arrangements. It all adds up to a rock fan's dream come true.


Label Shout Factory
SKU 202426341
UPC 826663976540
UPC 14 00826663976540
Format CD
Release Date 4/18/2006
Author Matthew/hoffs Sweet
Vocals Matthew Sweet
Vocals Susanna Hoffs
Keyboards Van Dyke Parks
Artist Bio
Matthew Sweet & Susanna HoffsMatthew Sweet (born c. October 6, 1964) is a pop-rock musician from Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. As a young musician wanting to make a name for himself, Sweet set off to Athens, Georgia in the mid '80s, to attend college and join the vibrant Athens music scene, most famous as the home base for R.E.M. and The B-52's. Sweet worked with R.E.M. leader Michael Stipe at this time, joining Stipe's sister in a band called Oh-OK and then forming another band, Buzz of Delight. Before long he was signed to a solo recording contract with Columbia Records.Susanna Lee Hoffs (born January 17, 1959) is a vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the Bangles. She has also released three albums as a solo artist, one in collaboration with Matthew Sweet.
ReviewSource Lost At Sea
Review The word "novelty" often has a foul connotation in the world of rock music, let alone in reference to the pop Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs usually serve up, but while Under the Covers, Volume 1 is a novel idea, it is also the perfect place for the duo to share their true, unwavering love of classic tunes. Like watching an old pro overjoyed by the love of the game, Under the Covers oozes with real warmth, spirit and love, the likes of which you can't fabricate...This is an album worthy of unpretentious adoration.
Reviewer Sarah Peters
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Artist Sweet,Matthew/hoffs
E! Online Fun and fascinating.
Entertainment Weekly There's surprising joy to be found in a couple of pros singing songs they love.

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