Legendary producer and musician Trevor Horn has been working with some of his favourite singers to craft an album of cover versions featuring some of the songs he loves.
Echoes – Ancient & Modern features 11 iconic hits from 1982 to 2012 performed by Marc Almond, Tori Amos, Rick Astley, Andrea Corr, Steve Hogarth, Lady Blackbird, Jack Lukeman, Iggy Pop, Seal, Toyah Wilcox & Robert Fripp and Trevor Horn himself.
Horn himself sings vocals on a Roxy Music classic as well as producing the other contributors on tracks originally performed by Pat Benatar, The Cars, Depeche Mode, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Billy Idol, Joe Jackson, Grace Jones, Kendrick Lamar, Nirvana and Yes.
Horn hasn’t just produced Echoes – Ancient & Modern, he sings backing vocals, plays keyboards, bass and/or guitar, and spins musical gold from his fellow instrumentalists, including another old friend, Lol Creme, and a string orchestra. “Building a feeling into a song is a tricky, intangible thing to do,” he says. “There are lots of technical and psychological short cuts to recording a song, but none to actually make it feel real. That remains a studio secret.”
Among the surprising covers on the album, Lady Blackbird successfully takes up the challenge of reinterpreting the inimitable Grace Jones’s ‘“Slave to the Rhythm’, Toyah tackles ‘Relax’, Marc Almond covers Pat Benatar’s classic ‘Love is a Battlefield’ and Iggy Pop delivers a cover of Depeche Mode’s game-changing ‘Personal Jesus’. Trevor Horn himself supplies lead vocals on Roxy Music’s ‘Avalon’. He’s chosen to end the album with this track: “It’s a little like at the end of the show I’m saying this is me – the producer, the band leader, but also the performer – signing off. For now…”
Echoes – Ancient & Modern is released 1 December on Deutsche Grammophon. Pre-Order via: https://dg.lnk.to/TrevorHorn