The Beatles' classic ballads will be the focus of an upcoming tribute album featuring acoustic Fab Four covers by artists like Jack Bruce, Heart's Ann Wilson, Todd Rundgren and more. Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles, due out April 28th, will feature Bruce's cover of "Eleanor Rigby," recorded just prior to the Cream bassist's death last October. The Revolver cover is being touted as Bruce's final recorded performance.
Former King Crimson and current Asia singer John Wetton, Howard Jones, the Rascals' Felix Cavaliere, KC of KC and the Sunshine Band and Judy Collins are also among the 16 artists to supply tracks to the Beatles tribute comp.
Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles was overseen by Yes producer Billy Sherwood, who contributes his own acoustic cover of "Something." Sherwood previously curated similar acoustic tributes for the Doors, the Who and Supertramp, Ultimate Classic Rock reports.
While those comps leaned heavily toward prog-rock covers, Sherwood opted for a more Seventies soft-rock sound with his Beatles tribute, recruiting artists like Helen Reddy, Leo Sayer and Stephen Bishop.
Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles Track List
1. Ann Wilson - "Across the Universe"
2. John Wetton - "Penny Lane"
3. Jack Bruce - "Eleanor Rigby"
4. Liz Madden - "Blackbird"
5. Andrew Gold - "Norwegian Wood"
6. Todd Rundgren - "You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away"
7. Helen Reddy - "All You Need Is Love"
8. Judy Collins - "I’ll Follow the Sun"
9. Howard Jones - "And I Love Her"
10. Felix Cavaliere - "Ticket To Ride"
11. KC of KC and the Sunshine Band - "Let It Be"
12. David Clayton-Thomas - "Yesterday"
13. Martha Davis - "Nowhere Man"
14. Stephen Bishop - "All I've Got to Do"
15. Billy Sherwood - "Something"
16. Leo Sayer - "Hey Jude"