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Classic Rockers Guest On Big Band Album

U2’s Bono, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, and Jeff Beck are among the guests appearing on British bandleader Jools Holland's next album, Small World Big Band Volume Two: More Friends! The collection comes out May 27 and is the follow-up to 2002's Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues all-star project, which featured Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, the late George Harrison on one of the last songs he wrote and recorded, "Horse To The Water."
Plant's vocals are featured on "Let The Boogie Woogie Roll," while Beck contributes guitar solos on "Drown In My Own Tears," the Kinks' Ray Davies fronts "Yours Truly, Confused N10," and Bono takes his turn on "If You Wear That Velvet Dress."
Also joining ex-Squeeze member Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on the album are the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry, Marianne Faithfull, Sam Moore, Jimmy Cliff, Edwin Starr, Dionne Warwick, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Stereophonics, Fun Lovin' Criminals lead singer Huey, Badly Drawn Boy, Ruby Turner, Beverley Knight, George Benson, and the Blind Boys Of Alabama.
The full tracklisting for Small World Big Band Volume Two: More Friends! includes: Sam Moore and Sam Brown, "Together We Are Strong"; Norah Jones, "In The Dark"; Edwin Starr, "Snowflake Boogie"; Bryan Ferry, "The Only Face"; Dionne Warwick, "What Goes Around"; Tom Jones, "Don't You Kiss My Cheek"; Chrissie Hynde, "Out Of This World"; the Blind Boys Of Alabama, "Rock Me"; Stereophonics, "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"; Huey of Fun Lovin' Criminals, "Fly Me To The Moon"; Badly Drawn Boy, "The Can Is Open"; Ray Davies, "Yours Truly, Confused N10"; Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, "Tuxedo Junction"; Robert Plant, "Let The Boogie Woogie Roll"; Jeff Beck, "Drown In My Own Tears"; Ruby Turner, "Count Me In"; Marianne Faithfull, "You Got To Serve Somebody"; Jools Holland, Chris Barber, and Guy Barker, "Anglegrinder Blues"; Beverley Knight, "Change Is Gonna Come"; George Benson, "Teardrops From My Eyes"; Jimmy Cliff, "Dreams"; and Bono, "If You Wear That Velvet Dress."
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