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)

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