Marco Benevento Covers Jackson Browne, The Band & More For ‘Lagniappe Sessions’
Benevento reworked The Crystals’ 1963 single “Little Boy” as “Little Girl” for his cover of the song. “The Crystals are my favorite Phil Spector-produced band and this is my home studio effort trying to recreate that ‘wall of sound’ sound,” Marco explained to Aquarium Drunkard. “I know Phil Spector is the only one that can sincerely get that ‘sound,’ but it was fun tryin’ to get close.”
Marco selected Jackson Browne’s oft-covered “These Days” for the second song of his Lagniappe Session. “I always loved the Nico version of this tune, which is what inspired this version. One of my favorite keyboards in my studio is the Optigan that you are hearing here (same with “This Wheels On Fire”),” noted Benevento. I also have an old keyboard from the ’40s called a Clavioline which is that solo keyboard sound.”
The keyboardist tipped his hat to The Band by covering the legendary group’s “This Wheel’s On Fire,” which they first recorded with Bob Dylan during The Basement Tapes era and then recorded on their own for 1968’s Music From Big Pink. “After a gig in Woodstock back in 2006, I stopped by The Big Pink (in Saugerties, New York where I live now). I walked down to the basement and immediately got the chills thinking about Garth, Levon and the entire band recording themselves in this tiny pink house,” Marco said. “The Basement Tapes are most definitely my favorite Band recordings and I particularly love the wastey, swampy version of ‘This Wheel’s On Fire.'”
Head here to stream Marco Benevento’s Lagniappe Session.