Friday, May 2, 2008

Missed Hits #2

Alejandro Escovedo--"The End" (mp3)

Alejandro Escovedo has really flown under the radar. Songwriters know him. Fans in the Southwest know him. Even Hank Bramblet knows him. But that gives you a sense of his relative obscurity. There are probably any number of his songs that would qualify as missed hits, but this one was actually released as a single. To add insult to injury, I only bought the CD single because it came with a bunch of bonus songs, live acoustic covers of things I like, including Peter Case's "Two Angels," V.U.'s "Pale Blue Eyes," and Mott the Hoople's "I Wish I Was Your Mother." I had heard of Escovedo at that point, but hadn't actually heard him. But maybe it isn't really an insult, since those cover choices hipped me to his hipness.

"The End" is available at Itunes on the CD, Thirteen Years. Those cover songs are available, too, as part of the expanded edition.

5 comments:

Hank said...

I actually prefer the version of "The End" from his side project Buick Mackane. I saw Al live in March and it was an awesome show. His new CD is coming out in June and it is going to be blazing (co-written by Chuck Prophet, also great). Al and his full band will be on Austin City Limits this weekend.

Hank said...

A little trivia: Al's first band (The Nuns) opened the Sex Pistol's final concert.

Bob said...

Maybe sometime you could make an ultimate A.E. mix. I only have With These Hands and that CD single.

Bob said...

Do you have The Setters?

The Big Nichols said...

I'm all over the Escovedo mix. I saw him many times while in Texas, and for my first date with Ashley, I took her to dinner and an Alejandro show. Needless to say, he's high on my list. His full-band rock show ensemble at Houston's Continental Club remains an all time great concert experience for me.