Steve Lieberman â€“ Last of the Jewish Pirates / 2007 Self / 24 Tracks / http://www.gangstarabbi.com /
Steve Lieberman has been cutting albums, one per year or more, for quite a while now. â€œLast of the Jewish Piratesâ€ is the one of the latest albums from Lieberman, and ey places eir own spin on the tracks that have been the most influential in the creation of Liebermanâ€™s own sound. This means that there are tracks going back all the way to Johnny Cashâ€™s â€œI Walk The Lineâ€, moving through the Grateful Deadâ€™s â€œSugar Magnoliaâ€, continuing through â€œRadio Free Europeâ€ by R.E.M. and going as current as The Cureâ€™s 1992 classic, â€œFriday Iâ€™m In Loveâ€.
Furthermore, this compilation of covers is raising funds for charity (which charity it is is not listed on the disc, but kudos has to go out to Lieberman). Â The songs that Lieberman picks are solid throughout â€“ The Undertonesâ€™ â€œTeenage Kicksâ€, Ace Frehleyâ€™s â€œNew York Grooveâ€ and â€œFat Bottomed Girlsâ€ by Queen are all present. â€œTeenage Kicksâ€ is a fairly straightforward cover of the original, even if the distortion detracts from the harmonies present in the lyrics. What is really a dagger through my heart is that one of my favorite songs â€“ the aforementioned â€œNew York Grooveâ€ â€“ is transformed into something that is not even a pale imitation of the former. I understand that Lieberman is trying to create a sound that will resound through the entirety of the album, but I feel that sometimes, a little bit more of a bone needs to be thrown to the original creator of the song.
The first track that really seems to hit hard and impress is Liebermanâ€™s cover of â€œAce of Spadesâ€ â€“ this cover is much more straightforward and focused than any of the prior tracks on the disc. This continues with Liebermanâ€™s cover of Pink Floydâ€™s â€œMotherâ€- it is when Lieberman tightens up eir sound and mixes in the flute at a similar level to the rest of the track. The amount of music that is present on this album, as usual, makes this album something that will provide quite the â€œbang for your buckâ€, but there are a number of these covers that do not shine as brightly as the original tracks. Lieberman does create a cohesive sound for the tracks on this album, and the tracks they ey picks are a good snapshot for rock history, but there are some weak points during the disc.
Top Tracks: Sugar Magnolia, Sloop John B.