This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul

This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul


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This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul

Forty years after its release, the music on Rubber Soul -- generally considered to be the dividing line between the Beatles’ mop-top era and their emergence as rock groundbreakers -- still packs plenty of punch, not to mention influence. Both are evident on this disc, a track-by-track homage (though hardly a re-creation) of the original British version. This Bird Has Flown starts off innocently enough, with the Donnas’ close-to-the-vest rendition of “Drive My Car” but quickly dives into choppier, more challenging waters, thanks to the Fiery Furnaces, who strafe “Norwegian Wood” with studio effects and rhythms that split the difference between vintage French film music and third-album Velvet Underground. The collection is relatively evenly divided between the two approaches, with the more adventurous ones -- notably Low’s hushed, nearly a cappella “Nowhere Man” and Sufjan Stevens’ oscillating “What Goes On” -- taking on lives of their own. That’s not to say that the folks opting to take the more conventional cover route -- like Dar Williams, who turns in a spry “You Won’t See Me” -- fall flat. It is easier, however, to suspend images of the original versions of lesser-heard tunes (“Run for Your Life,” rendered with appropriate malice by the Cowboy Junkies) than the ones that have turned out to be radio staples. Still, This Bird Has Flown offers new vistas at just about every turn, making it an intriguing and entertaining listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2005
Label: Razor & Tie
UPC: 0793018294829
catalogNumber: 82948

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Davis   Background Vocals
Duke Levine   Bass,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Mandola,Omnichord
Dar Williams   Vocals
Alan Anton   Bass
Kevin Barry   Acoustic Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Paul Bryan   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Ben Harper   Guitar,Vocals
David Hopkins   Percussion,Drums
Leon Mobley   Percussion
Tom Ralls   Trombone
Margo Timmins   Vocals
Michael Timmins   Guitar
Peter Timmins   Drums
Michael Ward   Guitar
Jason Yates   Keyboards
Jay Bellerose   Percussion,Drums
Ted Leo   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Ben Lee   Vocals
Rhett Miller   Vocals
Juan Nelson   Bass
Alan Sparhawk   Guitar
Tracy Wannomae   Flute,Baritone Clarinet
Mimi Parker   Vocals
Chris Holt   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jeff Austin   Mandolin,Vocals
Sufjan Stevens   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Flute,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Oboe,Recorder,Triangle,Vocals,Shaker,sleigh bells,Wurlitzer,Casio
Albert Hammond   Guitar
Ben Kweller   Musician
Adam Aijala   Guitar,Vocals
James McAlister   Drums,Tambourine
Oliver Charles   Drums
Ben Kaufmann   Bass,Vocals
Eleanor Friedberger   Vocals
Nellie McKay   Vocals,Musician
Salim Nourallah   Bass
Torry Castellano   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Maya Ford   Bass,Background Vocals
Allison Robertson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Raymond Raposa   Background Vocals
Lara Meyerratken   Vocals
Brett McKean Anderson   Piano,Vocals
Clubhouse Quartet   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Duke Levine   Producer
Low   Producer,Engineer
Roger Greenawalt   Producer,Engineer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Engineer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Michael Timmins   Producer,Engineer
Teddy   Producer
Ben Lee   Producer
Paul David Hager   Producer,Engineer
Jim Sampas   Producer,Executive Producer
Michael Solomon   Executive Producer
Danny Leo   Engineer
Adam Hawkins   Engineer
Sufjan Stevens   Arranger,Engineer
Walter Fishbacher   Engineer
Bill Skibbe   Engineer
Mindy Smith   Producer
Greg McRae   Engineer
Nellie McKay   Producer
Salim Nourallah   Engineer
Lara Meyerratken   Producer
Donnie Whitbeck   Engineer

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