Tribute Albums

A tribute album is a way for musicians to pay homage to an artist they love. While not all of them are good, the great ones let the music shine through. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk all things tribute and review the last release from late producer Hal Willner, a tribute to Marc Bolan. 

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Ray Padgett


Jim and Greg welcome back Ray Padgett to the show to talk about tribute albums. They discuss his new book I’m Your Fan: the Songs of Leonard Cohen and talk about what makes a great tribute record.

Tribute Albums

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Greg and Jim each select one of their favorite tribute albums. Jim picks Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute to Roky Erickson, which helped bring awareness and support to Roky Erickson when he was struggling with schizophrenia in 1990. Some of the artists include R.E.M., Julian Cope and ZZ Top.

Greg chose Lost In The Stars: The Music Of Kurt Weill, a tribute to the German composer famous for songs like "Mack the Knife." This album was put together by Hal Willner and includes artists like Blondie, Lou Reed, Carla Bley and more.

Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex Hal Willner

Various Artists Angelheaded Hipster The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex

The hosts share their thoughts on the final album from super producer Hal Willner. The record is Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex and features artists like Elton John, U2, Kesha, Nick Cave and more.

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