The Be Good Tanyas – A Collection

This new career spanning collection from Vancouver’s The Be Good Tanyas is a nice overview of the ladies’ work from 2000 through 2006, and also includes four previously unreleased tunes for the diehard fans. Included are beauty originals like “Draft Daughter’s Blues,” “Little Black Bear,” and “Junkie Song,” as well as tasteful covers of Townes Van Zandt’s classic “Waiting Around to Die,” Neil Young’s “For the Turnstiles” and Geoff Berner’s “Light Enough to Travel.” A couple traditionals – “In My Time of Dying” and “Oh Susanna” – get the Tanya touch, the latter much more favourably than Neil & Crazy Horses’ most recent arrangement. For folks who aren’t familiar with the Tanyas, or for casual listeners who don’t have the band’s three classic albums, this is a good disc to pick up. For long time listeners, though, there’s not much point; the unreleased tracks are likely not worth the dollars. (Nettwerk, Sheldon Birnie

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