Iron & Wine Cover of 'Albuquerque' by Neil Young
Iron & Wine's Sam Beam's upcoming Archive Series of DIY recordings, features a cover of 'Albuquerque' by Neil Young from 1975's Tonight's the Night.
From Songs We Love: Iron & Wine, 'Albuquerque' | NPR:
It's a loner's ode to dislocation, full of wanderlust and alienation in equal measure, and narrated by a man who has "been starving to be alone, independent from the scene that I've known."
When Young sang it, amid the soft but stalwart company of Ben Keith's pedal steel and Nils Lofgren's piano, it sounded like the musing of a man considering flight from familiar surroundings. But on Beam's rough-hewn home recording, it feels like he's already on the journey, trying to quietly convince himself he made the right move. With only the steady thump of his acoustic guitar and a ghostly banjo to accompany his trademark murmur, Beam comes off even more remote than Young. You might fear something sinister was about to unfold if the song's final verse didn't reveal that the singer's most pressing agenda item to be "fried eggs and country ham."
Archive Series Volume No. 2 also features a cover of The Four Tops "It's the Same Old Song"; it is out Oct. 16 on Black Cricket Recording Co.