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Jack Ellister — Dawn Dream Club
(Fruits de Mer Crustacean 40, 2013, 7")

by Henry Schneider, Published 2013-09-27

Dawn Dream Club Cover art

Jack Ellister is no stranger to Fruits de Mer. He has appeared on several releases over the past 12 months with covers of The Beatles and the Stones, as well as his self-penned “The Man with the Biochopper.” This current 7-inch features three more cover tunes, one from The Beatles, one from cult-hero Mark Fry, and the third from Syd Barrett. This is quite an eclectic sample late-60s/early-70s psych. The Beatles cover is George Harrison’s “Within You, Without You.” Jack gives it a decent performance, but he does not capture Harrison’s ambiance that made the original so special. Gone are any sitars, backward tracks, etc. It is always difficult to cover an iconic song. The second is Mark Fry’s “Song for Wild,” which is given a minimal treatment with acoustic guitar and harmonium. This cover is excellent and is what you might expect if Nick Drake happened to sing this song. The third is “Flaming” from Pink Floyd’s Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Jack opens the song with a bunch of sounds from odd woodland creatures and then launches into a great cover version. And his voice nails Syd’s to a tee. This release is a bit uneven but well worth investigating if you can find a copy.


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