Ripple

18 03 2008

My friend Priscilla has been a Grateful Dead fan since the age of nine, when her sister brought one of their albums home. She was particularly fond of Ripple and was recently given a mix CD that contained a knock-your-socks-off cover of that song by The Persuasions.

That got me to wondering just how many covers of Ripple have been recorded, but I got sidetracked when I looked up Persuasions recordings on Amazon. Don’t blame the sidetrackage on my short attention span until you hear the cover albums they’ve recorded: Frank Zappa, U2, The Beatles, an album of children’s songs and…The Grateful Dead. You can own that CD for only $38, used.

But you might also check out Shirley Bassey’s soon to be released album, at the just-getting-started age of 70, called Get the Party Started. She’s the gal with the big voice who performed three of the James Bond theme songs. The title song is actually a cover of a Pink song (!). OK, now you can get on over to Amazon for your Persuasions cover of the Grateful Dead.

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27 03 2008
Shawn

I’m actually fond of the Jane’s Addiction version of Ripple. In no way, though, is it possible to beat the original. Can’t be done.

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