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Eddie Vedder Strips Down With Neil Finn on Cover Tune

Rockers pay tribute to Australian band Hunters and Collectors

Eddie Vedder peforms in Malibu.
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September 19, 2013 10:55 AM ET

Eddie Vedder and Neil Finn take on Hunters and Collectors in a new rendition of the Australian band's "Throw Your Arms Around Me." The tender ballad is part of a new collection of covers, Crucible: The Songs of Hunters and Collectors

Pearl Jam Release New 'Sirens' Video 

For "Throw Your Arms Around Me" the Pearl Jam and Crowded House rockers strip down the song to a hearts-on-fire display of affection. Gritty vocals and gruff guitars highlight the power and masculinity of both singers, but reveal an underlying desire for intimacy.

Crucible: The Songs of Hunters and Collectors is due out on September 27th. 

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“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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