Saturday, September 7, 2013
Cyril Neville covers Rush's Working Man on new solo album Magic Honey
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. ...