Jack Ellister — When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease / Supernaut
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 90, 2019, 7":)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-03-01
Last year Jack Ellister was voted Fruits de Mer’s favorite solo artist by the label’s members, and FdM has been releasing Jack’s music since 2012. Jack’s latest FdM single contains his reinterpretations of two songs that are about as far apart in their style and origins as anything that has appeared on FdM in over 10 years. The A-Side is Jack’s cover of Roy Harper’s “When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease,” Roy’s well-loved ballad about the game of cricket, something we don’t really understand on this side of the pond. Roy’s original featured acoustic guitar and brass band, all of which Jack channeled through his grandfather’s grand piano to lend a slow mournful air to the song. On the B-Side is Jack’s cover of Black Sabbath’s “Supernaut.” “Supernaut” is one of those songs that you don’t readily associate with Black Sabbath. But this song appeals to Jack and his new version is a trippier and slower cover with a tribal beat. Plus he altered the lyrics a bit so they are not as dark as the original. Jack is an excellent musician and he has a talent to breathe new life into songs from the 70s.
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