Beck’s new Record Club Thurston Moore and Tortoise have decided to cover Yanni’s live album “Yanni Live at the Acropolis”. Comes as a surprise to you, does it? Here’s Beck on his thoughts about the move:
“This installment of the Record Club takes on ‘Yanni Live At The Acropolis’. The original album featured Yanni with a full orchestra at the Athenian Acropolis. A TV special of the concert was played repeatedly on PBS through the mid 90’s. To flesh out and capture the complex arrangements, several studio musician heavyweights were brought in to read a heavily doctored score with interpolations of everything from Stravinsky to Shania Twain (look for others). Beck and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth provided auxiliary music and noise, with Thurston improvising lyrics over the previously instrumental track ‘Santorini.’ The new lyrics give the track an added urgency and pathos. Tortoise show up later on a few other tracks.“
Thurston Moore improvised the vocals from the song and Tortoise wasn’t in the song though. Below is a video of their performance and their interpretation, below:
Shout out to JP!