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Dave Edmunds: An Interview

Carl Wiser, Songfacts, 24 June 2015

IT TOOK Dave Edmunds about four months to deconstruct ten famous songs – 'God Only Knows', 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' and 'Your Song' among them – and rework them as instrumentals with his trusty Stratocaster up front in the mix. The result is the 2015 album Rags & Classics, which also includes his take on songs by R. Kelly, Kate Bush and Mozart. Edmunds is both a scholar with a keen interest in rock history and a savant who can play pretty much any instrument with startling proficiency, a skill set that is handy for, say, reworking a Brian Wilson arrangement as a one-man band.

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