Beck’s new Record Club Thurston Moore and Tortoise have decided in a weird and suprising move to cover Yanni’s live album “Yanni Live at the Acropolis”. This is what Beck said about the move:
This installment of the Record Club takes on ‘Yanni Live At The Acropolis’. The original album featured Yanni with a full orchestra at the Athenian Acropolis. A TV special of the concert was played repeatedly on PBS through the mid 90’s. To flesh out and capture the complex arrangements, several studio musician heavyweights were brought in to read a heavily doctored score with interpolations of everything from Stravinsky to Shania Twain (look for others). Beck and Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth provided auxiliary music and noise, with Thurston improvising lyrics over the previously instrumental track ‘Santorini.’ The new lyrics give the track an added urgency and pathos. Tortoise show up later on a few other tracks.
Tortoise don’t show up on the song and Thurston Moore improvised the vocals from the song. You can watch the performance below and hear their interpretation on the track below.