Former Squeeze keyboardist-turned-talk show host Jools Holland is prepping a second star-studded album of guests fronting his band. Due May 27 via Rhino, "Small World Big Band Volume Two: More Friends
Former Squeeze keyboardist-turned-talk show host Jools Holland is prepping a second star-studded album of guests fronting his band. Due May 27 via Rhino, "Small World Big Band Volume Two: More Friends" features the talents of such diverse performers as Bono, Norah Jones, Dionne Warwick, Ray Davies, Robert Plant, and Huey of the Fun Lovin' Criminals across its 22 tracks.
Backed by Holland's band, Grammy queen Jones offers "In the Dark," while Bono pulls out the heartfelt U2 number "If You Wear That Velvet Dress." Veteran Welsh superstar Tom Jones turns out "Don't You Kiss My Cheek," and the Stereophonics join Holland to tackle the classic "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face."
Others who contribute to the upcoming album are Jeff Beck, the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Badly Drawn Boy, Bryan Ferry, Edwin Starr, Chrissie Hynde, Marianne Faithfull, Sam Moore, Beverley Knight, Ruby Turner, George Benson, and Jimmy Cliff.
The set follows last year's "Big Band Rhythm & Blues," which featured the likes of Eric Clapton, Sting, and David Gilmour, among others. The set debuted at No. 19 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and featured George Harrison's final song. "Horse to the Water" was recorded by Harrison and his son Dhani with Holland's band shortly before his death and bore the copyright "R.I.P. Limited 2001."
Holland has U.K. tour dates scheduled beginning in May and lasting through the end of the year. For more information, visit the artist's official Web site.
Here is the "Small World Big Band Volume Two: More Friends" track list:
"Together We Are Strong," with Sam Moore and Sam Brown
"In the Dark," with Norah Jones
"Snowflake Boogie," with Edwin Starr
"The Only Face," with Bryan Ferry
"What Goes Around," with Dionne Warwick
"Don't You Kiss My Cheek," with Tom Jones
"Out of This World," with Chrissie Hynde
"Rock Me," with the Blind Boys of Alabama
"First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," with Stereophonics
"Fly Me to the Moon," with Huey of the Fun Lovin' Criminals
"The Can Is Open," with Badly Drawn Boy
"Yours Truly, Confused N10," with Ray Davies
"Tuxedo Junction," Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
"Let the Boogie Woogie Roll," with Robert Plant
"Drown in My Own Tears," with Jeff Beck
"Count Me In," with Ruby Turner
"You Got To Serve Somebody," with Marianne Faithfull
"Anglegrinder Blues," Jools Holland with Chris Barber and Guy Barker
"Change Is Gonna Come," with Beverley Knight
"Teardrops From My Eyes," with George Benson
"Dreams," with Jimmy Cliff
"If You Wear That Velvet Dress," with Bono