At the time, I bought Rubáiyát for one reason and one reason only. It was the only way that I could get Metallica’s cover of Queen’s “Stone Cold Crazy” on CD without having to wait weeks or months for it to be included on a Japanese import single. I picked up the 2-disc set at the local record shop, Sound Ideas. A place I frequented and not having something in stock meant that it would have to be a “special order”.

The album is chock full of covers. Most of the original artists I didn’t recognize at the time, but, the artists covering the music were pretty familiar. There were some nice surprises on the album, too:

  • Gypsy Kings – “Hotel California” (The Eagles)
  • Tracy Chapman – “House Of The Rising Sun” (The Animals)
  • The Cure – “Hello, I Love You” (The Doors)

Hello, I Love YouThe Cure3:28
House Of The Rising SunTracy Chapman2:04
Seven & Seven IsBilly Bragg2:15
I'd Like To Teach The World To SingJevetta Steele4:14
Hotel CaliforniaGipsy Kings5:48
Werewolves Of LondonThe Black Velvet Band3:41
Motorcycle MamaSugarcubes3:45
One MeatballShinehead4:39
Bottle Of WineThe Havalinas3:28
Born In ChicagoPixies2:12
You're So VainFaster Pussycat4:12
Marquee MoonKronos Quartet4:14
Get Ourselves TogetherPhoebe Snow4:18
Tokoloshe ManHappy Mondays4:19
Let's GoErnie Isley4:42
Going DownLynch Mob3:35
A Little Bit Of RainAmbitious Lovers3:16
You Belong To MeAnita Baker4:42
Road To CairoHoward Jones5:34
Kick Out the JamsThe Big F4:03
Almost Saturday Night / Rockin' All Over the WorldThe Georgia Satellites4:05
Hello, I Am Your HeartSara Hickman2:45
Make It With YouTeddy Pendergrass5:33
The BlacksmithLinda Ronstadt2:42
Going Going GoneRobin Holcomb (feat. Wayne Horvitz and Bill Frisell)5:59
First Girl I LovedJackson Browne4:45
These Days10,000 Maniacs3:27
Stone Cold CrazyMetallica2:18
Apricot BrandyDanny Gatton3:12
Union ManShaking Family3:56
One More ParadeThey Might Be Giants2:23
I Can't Tell You WhyHoward Hewett3:52
Mt. Airy GrooveLeaders Of The New School4:38
You Brought The SunshineShirley Murdock4:17
Inbetween DaysJohn Eddie3:59
Love WarsThe Beautiful South4:37
Both Sides NowMichael Feinstein5:15
T.V. EyeJohn Zorn2:26
Hello, I Love You (Slight Return)The Cure0:10