June 1st may have to be officially known as Tribute Day from here on out. This week sees the release of no less than 17 tribute albums. Although tribute albums aren't everyone's favourite, it can be interesting - and sometimes disturbing - to see other bands' interpretations of your favourite artist's work.
It's not just one company behind the mass tribute release this week, it's six different ones (they must've all gotten together and decided to create this brand new holiday). Magick and CMH contributed a few albums to the bunch, while Vitamin, Big Eye, Tribute Sounds and Tributized are the heavy hitters.
Most tribute albums pay homage to the towering greats of music - your Beatles, Rolling Stones and Zeppelins - but apparently these labels pay no attention to that matter. A great load of the tributes being released this week are to brand new artists.
Tributized really loves those new artists, releasing four tributes this week going out to Blink 182 (reissue), Jet, Sevendust and the Strokes. Also looking out for the young 'uns is Big Eye. They are giving the world tribute albums to Josh Turner, Norah Jones and Twista.
Tribute Sounds on the other hand, took a more traditional and eclectic approach to creating their albums, putting out records for Bob Seger, Snoop Dogg and Brooks & Dunn. (Who knew there was such a market for tribute albums that entire labels are devoted solely to them?)
The most inventive of the bunch, Vitamin Records is releasing a giant load of tribute albums that feature a string quartet's rendition of various artists' music. Enya, Duran Duran, Guns N' Roses, Jet, and A Perfect Circle have all received the string treatment from Vitamin.
And bringing up the rear this week, CMH and Magick have put out bluegrass tributes to both the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel, and a 'true metal' tribute to Black Sabbath, respectively.
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt