Song Of The Day: Felt, “Be Still”

space blues

 

This week marks the Cherry Red release of the second and final half of the Felt discography reissue campaign, one that focuses roughly on their era at Creation Records. Although the group had always released singles, the switching of labels found them starting to focus on the 12 inch EP format. For the purposes of the deluxe CD/7 inch single box set, Lawrence elected to stick to the singles as they were originally released in 7″ format. Thus, some songs have been omitted, and while omissions might seem to reflect a lack of quality, that is most certainly not the case here. While the label has informed me there are no current plans for a remastered singles compilation,  this week I want to highlight those fantastic b-sides, because I truly believe they deserve to be heard.

For what was to be their final single, 1988’s Space Blues, Felt offered up something quite radical: their only officially released cover song. It’s a stunningly beautiful cover of Dennis Wilson‘s first Beach Boys composition, “Be Still,” taken from their 1968 album, Friends. If you’ve heard the original, you know it is one of the best things the doomed drummer ever wrote and recorded; similarly, one could say the same about Felt. Because words really can’t do justice to this cover, I’ll just shut up and give you the song.

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