Published Nov 13, 2009Well, he's at it again. Beck has begun releasing the third chapter of his vastly popular, and damn cool, Record Club series on his website. This time, he's recruited Wilco, Feist and Jamie Lidell to cover 1969 cult favourite Oar, by former Moby Grape/Jefferson Airplane member and outsider music legend Skip Spence. The album's first track, "Little Hands," is now posted on Beck's site.
For those unfamiliar, Beck's Record Club gathers various musicians in a studio to record an entire classic album in one day. The sessions are unrehearsed and the chosen albums are only used a rough starting points for the musicians. Beck then releases one track per week until the complete album is available on his website.
In regards to the latest offering, Beck posted the following details on his website:
This one took place last June when Wilco was in town for the release of their new eponymous album. They came by after a long day filming a TV appearance and still managed to put down 8 songs with us. Jamie Liddell was in the studio with me working on his new record. Leslie Feist happened to be in town editing her documentary and heard we were all getting together. Recording took place at Sunset Sound Studios in the room where the Stones did a lot of Exile On Main Street (and looking at the records on the walls it appeared that the Doobie Brothers recorded most of their output there too). Sitting in on drums, we had James Gadson, who's played on most of the Bill Withers records and on songs like "Express Yourself" and "I Will Survive." Jeff Tweedy's son Spencer played additional drums. Also, Brian Lebarton, from the last two Record Club sessions is back. The record chosen this time was Skip Spence's Oar. Running sequentially, the first song up is "Little Hands." Our friend Danny Kalb engineered."
Beck's Record Club has also included interpretations of the Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico, with guests appearances by producer Nigel Godrich and actor Giovanni Ribisi, and Leonard Cohen's Songs of Leonard Cohen, with MGMT and Devendra Banhart.