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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cyril Neville covers Rush's Working Man on new solo album Magic Honey
9:34AM EST | comments (20) |

UPDATE - 12/11@9:24AM: There's now an official music video for the song which you can check out on YouTube here (thanks RushFanForever):

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UPDATE - 9/11@5:40PM: The YouTube link to the full track has been removed (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 9/10@5:01PM: The complete track has been uploaded to YouTube (thanks RushFanForever):

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UPDATE - 9/8@2:43PM: The album is available on iTunes as well, and you can also purchase the Working Man track individually for download here. Also be sure to check out Liryca Neville's (Cyril's daughter) comments regarding how the cover came about in the comments thread on this post. The track credits on the album were a mistake be the label, and Cyril definitely was aware that the song was written by Rush.

Cyril Neville is the youngest member of the Neville Brothers - the legendary first family of New Orleans R&B - and he will be releasing a solo album this coming Tuesday, September 10th titled Magic Honey. One of the tracks on the album is a bluesey cover version of Rush's Working Man. From a review of the album in Offbeat Magazine:

... Neville's vocals have never lacked swagger, but here they have an arena-rock power that he's seldom reached for in the past. So it makes sense that the track "Working Man" isn't the one Mike Bloomfield wrote and Otis Rush recorded (as the cover credits have it), but the one by those venerable bluesmen, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. And the sound of New Orleans funkateers doing a Rush song-and doing it damn well-is about as colorblind as music gets. ...

You can listen to a 30-second sample of the track on YouTube at this location, and order your copy of Magic Honey here. Thanks to RushFanForever for the heads up.

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#20 - Posted 9/10/13 @2:37PM by dinoman [contact]

Sound like a great cover (potentially - hard to tell from 30 sec.)
#19 - Posted 9/9/13 @7:34PM by MRM45 [contact]

Pretty bad ass, Cyril - Well Done! And thanks Liryca for the backstory details...
#18 - Posted 9/9/13 @9:30AM by michinman [contact]

I'd like to make a retraction on my previous statement (not that anyone particularly cares) rejecting 'covers' and insinuating they lack creativity (and sincerity). This one sounds pretty good and thanks to Cyril's daughter, has a good story behind it. I hope he enjoys some success from it. Liryca... good to hear you're a fellow Rush fan :o)
#17 - Posted 9/8/13 @11:36PM by Rushannadanna [contact]

#12 Kind of off topic but Woweee Zoweeee, haven't heart "spliff" since I was 20 in the Bahamas!
Thanks for that blast from the past.
#16 - Posted 9/8/13 @1:16PM by LIRYCA NEVILLE [contact]

HI GUYS!...MY NAME IS LIRYCA NEVILLE....IM CYRIL NEVILLE'S DAUGHTER...I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SHARE THE STORY OF HOW HE COVERED THIS SONG, WHICH BY THE WAY HE DEFINITELY KNEW IT WAS A RUSH SONG (RECORD LABLE MISTAKE). MY BROTHER OMARI NEVILLE WAS PRACTICING THIS WITH HIS BAND REJECTED YOUTH NATION (RYN COMING SOON.....) WHO ARE HUGE RUSH FANS. THE WAY HE (OMARI) ARRANGED IT AND WHAT THE SONG MEANT REMINDED HIM MORE OF MY DAD THEN SOMETHING FOR HIS BAND. HE WAS JUST AS SURPRISED AS EVERYONE ELSE WHEN HE SAW THE CREDITS. MY BROTHER AND MY FATHER FELT THAT THE LYRICS TO THIS RUSH SONG FIT HIS LIFE. SO IT STARTED AS AN HOMAGE TO RUSH FROM REJECTED YOUTH NATION AND THEN BECAME THE BEST COVER I'VE HEARD MY FATHER DO. I AM ALSO A RUSH FAN. I'M SO HAPPY THAT THE FANS OF RUSH ENJOY THIS!!!!!
#15 - Posted 9/8/13 @1:00PM by e2 [contact]

Not bad
#14 - Posted 9/8/13 @11:25AM by random_sample [contact]

The clip sounds good, but I'm not too thrilled with them making a mistake and naming some other artists and Rush not getting credit . That's not cool.
#13 - Posted 9/7/13 @2:10PM by KLR2112 [contact]

Not bad, difinitely different. It does make one wonder if he knows it was a Rush original.
#12 - Posted 9/7/13 @1:56PM by WatchmakersDadsDadsDadWatch [contact]

Fellas. Wowee zoweeeee and roll me a spliff! This is a dynamite cover with a solid gold sound.... The only thing better would be older brother Aaron Neville of 'i don't know much, but I know I love you'. Fame singing didacts and narpits falsetto with cowbell.
#11 - Posted 9/7/13 @1:37PM by MGRushFan

Wow, I actually thought this cover version is better than the original, and I love the first Rush album.

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