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Off The Record #17: "Uncovered"

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Cherry Red's Cafe Bar

92 John Bright Street

Birmingham

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Off The Record is a Birmingham-based music meetup. The event is centered around making time to listening and appreciating music – specifically, an album in full.

It works something like this: people will arrive, grab food/drinks from the lovely bar and café, and then we’ll sit back and listen to an entire album together, followed by a group chat about it – yep, a bit like a book club.

The theme and album

This event, we’ll be following the theme "Uncovered"underappreciated original songs which have well-known cover versions.

The album we'll be listening to is "For Everyman" by Jackson Browne, released in 1973. Browne is an American singer-songwriter who's sold 18m albums and written songs made famous by a few artists you'll definitely have heard of.

This month, our session will be curated by Off The Record regular (and second-time host!) Calum Mayer. Calum's lived in Birmingham for a little over two years, has a fondness for the album format, and enjoys yoga and playing guitar. He chose the album because "I was surprised to find I already knew two of the songs on the album, having previously heard the more well-known versions by other artists. Browne let Nico release his song 'These Days' in 1967, and he co-wrote 'Take it Easy' with Eagles frontman Glenn Frey, which was the Eagles' first single in 1972."

We'll be listening to this record in full on the night, but wait, there's more! After we've heard the main album, it’s over to anyone else who wants to play a single song that fits our theme: "Uncovered". We’re not too strict, but the idea is that you’ll pick a song that matches the theme, introduce it to the rest of the group, and then we'll listen to it.

If you can think of an original song which has a well-known cover version—or even a song that was written for another artist—then bring it along and share it with the group! If it’s on Spotify or you have it on a portable device, bring it along and you can tell everyone why you love the song (and the album).

What’s this all about?

What’s the point? Why not just listen to it beforehand? Well, half-listening to an album while you’re grappling for a seat on the bus or pretending to work at your desk for the last hour of a Wednesday isn’t the best way to make time for experiencing a record. We want to try to experiment with putting aside time to engage properly with an album, really devote half an hour or so to taking it in, then hearing what other people thought of it. And discovering new stuff that other people really love. That’s the idea.

How much does it cost?

The event is free. The pub does good food so if you fancy some food while you're listening then you're in the right place. Cherry Reds has a brilliant beer selection and does teas and coffees too.

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