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Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary

Rubáiyát is a compilation album, released in 1990 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Elektra record label. The concept was to feature present-day Elektra artists covering songs from the historic catalogue of recordings of Elektra Records and its sister label Asylum Records.

Elektra's 40th Anniversary Rubaiyat.jpg
Compilation album by
Various artists
ReleasedSeptember 24, 1990
ProducerLenny Kaye
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Two long-running Elektra artists—Jackson Browne and The Cure—were featured in a double capacity. They were featured as performing artists (covering songs from Elektra's early canon) and were also represented by having songs that they had recorded for Elektra, covered by newer Elektra artists. Carly Simon was the only solo artist to have two songs covered on the collection while the Eagles were the only group to share that distinction.

A promotional version was also released featuring not only the commercially released version of the album, but also a second version featuring each recording in its original incarnation. Another promotional release was a five-song EP consisting of songs from the album redone by John Oswald using his Plunderphonics techniques. The EP's first track, "O'Hell", combined snippets of the original version of "Hello, I Love You", the cover by The Cure contained on this release, plus 17 other songs by The Doors.

The double album was produced by Lenny Kaye, guitarist of the Patti Smith group, who also wrote the liner notes.

Track listingEdit

Disc 1Edit

Track # Title Artist Original Artist
1 "Hello, I Love You" The Cure The Doors (1968)
2 "The House of the Rising Sun" Tracy Chapman Glenn Yarbrough (1957)
3 "7 and 7 Is" Billy Bragg Love (1966)
4 "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" Jevetta Steele New Seekers (1971)
5 "Hotel California" Gipsy Kings Eagles (1976)
6 "Werewolves of London" The Black Velvet Band Warren Zevon (1978)
7 "Motorcycle Mama" The Sugarcubes Sailcat (1972)
8 "One Meatball" Shinehead Josh White (1956)
9 "Bottle of Wine" The Havalinas Tom Paxton (1965)
10 "Born in Chicago" Pixies Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965)
11 "You're So Vain" Faster Pussycat Carly Simon (1972)
12 "Marquee Moon" Kronos Quartet Television (1977)
13 "Get Ourselves Together" Phoebe Snow Delaney & Bonnie (1968)
14 "Tokoloshe Man" Happy Mondays John Kongos (1972)
15 "Let's Go" Ernie Isley The Cars (1979)
16 "Going Down" Lynch Mob Don Nix and the Alabama State Troupers (1972)
17 "A Little Bit of Rain" Arto Lindsay & The Ambitious Lovers Fred Neil (1965)
18 "You Belong to Me" Anita Baker Carly Simon (1978)
19 "Road to Cairo" Howard Jones David Ackles (1968)

Disc 2Edit

Track # Title Artist Original Artist
1 "Kick Out the Jams" The Big F MC5 (1969)
2 "Almost Saturday Night/Rockin' All Over the World" The Georgia Satellites John Fogerty (1975)
3 "Hello, I Am Your Heart" Sara Hickman Dennis Linde (1973)
4 "Make It with You" Teddy Pendergrass Bread (1970)
5 "The Blacksmith" (a cappella) Linda Ronstadt Kathy & Carol (1965)
6 "Going Going Gone" Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Wayne Horvitz Bob Dylan (1974)
7 "First Girl I Loved" Jackson Browne The Incredible String Band (1967)
8 "These Days" 10,000 Maniacs Jackson Browne (1973)
9 "Stone Cold Crazy" Metallica Queen (1974)
10 "Apricot Brandy" Danny Gatton Rhinoceros (1968)
11 "Union Man" Shaking Family Cate Brothers (1975)
12 "One More Parade" They Might Be Giants Phil Ochs (1964)
13 "I Can't Tell You Why" Howard Hewett Eagles (1979)
14 "Mt. Airy Groove" Leaders of the New School Pieces of a Dream (1982)
15 "You Brought The Sunshine" Shirley Murdock The Clark Sisters (1983)
16 "Inbetween Days" John Eddie The Cure (1985)
17 "Love Wars" The Beautiful South Womack & Womack (1983)
18 "Both Sides Now" Michael Feinstein Joni Mitchell (1967)
19 "T.V. Eye" John Zorn The Stooges (1970)
20 "Hello, I Love You" (slight return) The Cure The Doors (1968)


  1. ^ "Rubáiyát: Elektra's 40th Anniversary - Various Artists". Allmusic.