ARTIST: Yo La Tengo
YEAR RELEASED: 1990
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Speeding Motorcycle
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: It’s a cover record, but there’s not many you’d know besides “Here Comes My Baby” or maybe “Griselda”
LINEUP: Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, Dave Schramm, Al Greller
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A quieter folky album of some of their favorite tunes, and a few originals in the same mode.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: By this time, Yo La Tengo had already had a reputation for guitar freakouts and long songs, especially in concert. But the band also had a very diverse taste, and this is the first sense that they were more than a loud alternative rock band.
Kaplan and Hubley’s joy for singing and playing these songs are apparent, as they dive in with glee to these old songs. Old friend Dave Schramm joins the group again on lead guitar, and Al Greller plays double bass.
It’s not going to be among the essential works for the band, but it was the first to show their other sides and pretty darn good for something that seemed to be just for fun.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They covered tracks by Cat Stevens, Pete Stampfel, the Flamin’ Groovies, Daniel Johnston, Rex Garvin, Gene Clark, Ray Davies, the Escorts, John Cale, and NRBQ.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: B+: A fun listen.