Substitute: The Songs of the Who

Substitute: The Songs of the Who

     
 

Ideally, a tribute album should convey the spirit of the honoree while giving fans a little extra insight as to why such a tribute is deserved. This all-star extravaganza succeeds on both counts, with an impressive array of talents applying both plenty of wattage and an abundance of smarts to some of the Who's best-known tunes. See more details below

Overview

Ideally, a tribute album should convey the spirit of the honoree while giving fans a little extra insight as to why such a tribute is deserved. This all-star extravaganza succeeds on both counts, with an impressive array of talents applying both plenty of wattage and an abundance of smarts to some of the Who's best-known tunes. Pearl Jam kick out plenty of maximum R&B-era energy on a faithful cover of "The Kids Are Alright," while Phish take the opposite tack (naturally enough), bringing out the trippiest aspects of the latter-day goodie "5:15." If there's a single complaint to be lodged against Substitute, it's that some of the participants -- Fastball and Cast, for example -- seem a bit awed by the material and provide faithful renditions you might expect from a cover band. The ever-mercurial David Bowie, of course, doesn't have that problem, boosting the lewdness of the onanistic ode "Pictures of Lily" by cloaking it in grandly unctuous cabaret tones; similarly, Sheryl Crow turns in a go-for-broke version of "Behind Blue Eyes" that succeeds in making the tune all her own. In moments like these, Substitute shines, reminding us that great songs should be retold. And Pete Townshend and company -- whose gripping sound and literary visions clearly influenced the remarkable lineup of prog-rockers, punks, and pop stars on this disc -- have plenty of those.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2001
Label:
Edel America
UPC:
0782124830229
catalogNumber:
18302

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Vocals,Stylophone
Roger Daltrey   Vocals
Pearl Jam   Track Performer
Pete Townshend   Guitar,Vocals
Ocean Colour Scene   Track Performer
Sheryl Crow   Bass,Hammond Organ,Vocals
Jeff Ament   Bass Guitar
Trey Anastasio   Guitar,Vocals
Sterling Campbell   Drums,Background Vocals
John Entwistle   Bass Guitar
Jonathan Fishman   Drums
Stone Gossard   Guitar
Page McConnell   Keyboards,Vocals
Mike McCready   Guitar
Jeremy Stacey   Drums,Keyboards,Moog Bass
Zak Starkey   Drums
Eddie Vedder   Guitar,Vocals
Noel Gallagher   Background Vocals
Bobby Pridden   Overdubs
Steve Cradock   Organ,Guitar
Mark Plati   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Simon Fowler   Harmonica,Vocals
Damon Minchella   Bass
Stereophonics   Track Performer
Miles Zuniga   Guitar,Vocals
Tony Scalzo   Bass,Vocals
Joey Shuffield   Drums
Peter Clarke   Bass
Oscar Harrison   Drums
Liam Tyson   Guitar
Peter Wilkinson   Bass Guitar
Steve McEwan   Guitar,Vocals
Pat Murray   Horn
UnAmerican   Track Performer
Stuart Cable   Drums
Kelly Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Richard Jones   Bass
Eddie Jones   Bass,Vocals
John Power   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Producer
Jon Astley   Mastering
Sheryl Crow   Producer
John Burton   Engineer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Bill Curbishley   Executive Producer
Brett Eliason   Engineer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
John Siket   Engineer
Jeremy Stacey   Programming
Bobby Pridden   Engineer
Mark Plati   Producer,Engineer
Fastball   Producer
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
Robert Rosenberg   Executive Producer
Steve McEwan   Producer,Engineer
Max Hayes   Producer
Paul Languedoc   Engineer
Danny Sprigg   Engineer
Steve Bush   Engineer

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