Although there now seems to be a glut of tribute albums released annually I have got over my initial resistance to liking them. I have always enjoyed a good cover version of a song whereby an artist has made the song their own. However when tribute albums first began registering on my radar I remember thinking “Oh no why would anyone listen to that?”
One of the first to really have significant appeal for me was Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. I have always enjoyed Hendrix and what was interesting was the different ways chosen to re-interpret his songs.
Hearing the Cure turn a Hendrix track into a Cure track, Nigel Kennedy play Hendrix on the violin and P.M. Dawn totally modernise his sound were very interesting audio experiences.
More recently another tribute album was responsible for introducing a new artist to me for which I will always be grateful. The tribute album was for the band ZZ Top, called A Tribute From Friends.
Without this album I would never have discovered Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, a band well worth a listen.