Beautiful Noise

This week’s episode of Later with Jools Holland features a couple of lesser-known acts along with three pretty well-known singer-songwriters. Sir Paul McCartney will be promoting the re-release of Band on the Run, originally released in 1973 when he was with Wings. His version of I’m Partial to Your Abracadabra appears on the Brand New Boots & Panties tribute to Ian Dury. McCartney has written and recorded with Elvis Costello in the past and maybe they’ll collaborate again on this week’s show. Costello has just released his follow-up to Secret, Profane & Sugarcane. National Ransom was recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles with The Sugarcanes and was produced by T Bone Burnett. I must admit that I always fast forward the moment that Neil Diamond takes the stage during The Band’s Last Waltz concert. Nevertheless, he has written some great songs over the years and the best of these have been performed by other artists. I’m a Believer by The Monkees, Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon by Urge Overkill and Solitary Man by Johnny Cash are three of the better ones. Solitary Man was his first hit as a performer in 1966. Aloe Blacc is the stage name of Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III. Miss Fortune is taken from the American rapper’s Good Things album. The Black Keys are a duo from Akron, Ohio, and Brothers is the title of their current album. Their version of a song co-written by that McCartney fella and is taken from The Big Come Up. There are three episodes remaining in the current series of Later

I’m Partial to Your Abracadabra (Ian Dury cover) – Paul McCartney & the Blockheads

I Threw It All Away (Bob Dylan cover) – Elvis Costello

Solitary Man – Neil Diamond

Miss Fortune – Aloe Blacc

She Said, She Said (Beatles cover) – The Black Keys