WHO ARE THEY? A who’s who of iconic singers, songwriters and superstars — from Neil Young and Eric Clapton to Beck, Fiona Apple and Josh Homme — all collaborating with featured artist and main vocalist Jakob Dylan.
WHAT IS THIS? A celebratory collection of newly covered California-rock classics that serve as the soundtrack to filmmaker Andrew Slater’s star-studded rockumentary about the influential Laurel Canyon music scene of the ’60s and ’70s.
WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? The coolest jam session at the hippest Hollywood Hills party, with contemporary heroes and icons respectfully revamping timeless tunes by The Mamas and Papas, Beach Boys, Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Turtles, Love and others.
HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? While burning incense (or something stronger) and sitting on a beanbag chair in front of your old stereo — preferably in a room decorated with Woodstock posters and illuminated by a lava lamp.
WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Throwback, jangly, warm, earthy, vintage, harmonious, faithful, co-operative, joyful, historical.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? The entire 13-track album is consistently performed, paced and produced — but for my money, Homme’s darkly rich version of Del Shannon’s She, Clapton’s surging take on the Springfield’s Questions and Dylan’s fiery, free-flying version of The Byrds’ What’s Happening?!?! are standouts.
WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY THINK? ‘We really need to see that movie.’
HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? Whenever you hear the original versions of these songs and think, ‘Hey, I should play that album again.’
IF THIS ALBUM WERE CLOTHING, WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING WOULD IT BE? An old fringe jacket that still fits perfectly.
SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL? Worth every penny.