Is Amazon a record label?
Well, it pays for artists to record material, then compiles that material on albums, and then releases those albums to the public for commercial gain. You be the judge.
We’ve seen this kind of thing before from the retail giant, with collections of Christmas songs and acoustic performances.
And now we’ve got another ‘Amazon Music Original’, called Songs of Summer.
Artists including Passenger, Matt Nathanson, Brandi Carlile, Kate Voegele, Sublime with Rome, The Strumbellas, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ryan Bingham, The Mountain Goats and more are featured on Songs of Summer singing newly-written tracks or renditions of popular summer songs.
According to Amazon’s own site, the album is being issued by ‘Amazon Digital Services LLC’.
Songs Of Summer is available to listen to for free for Prime Members on Amazon Music.
New renditions of popular summer songs include Brandi Carlile singing her version of The Beach Boys classic “God Only Knows,” Beats Antique covering the famed song “Cruel Summer” originally from Bananarama, and Passenger putting his spin on Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay.”
“Recording a summer song for amazon gave us the opportunity to think outside of the box.”
Newly-written songs can be heard from artists like Baio of Vampire Weekend, Kate Voegele, Sublime with Rome, and more.
“Prime members have loved listening to the original music we’ve released, from Amazon Acoustics to Indie for the Holidays, and we’re thrilled to continue to offer new, interesting music and more ways to discover great artists with today’s debut of Songs of Summer,” stated Steve Boom, VP of Digital Music for Amazon.
“It is an eclectic mix of songs from different eras and genres, perfect for summertime listening, and we can’t wait for customers and Prime members to enjoy.”
Zach Gill of ALO said: “Amazon gave us the creative freedom to make this song something really special for listeners—a summer dream, warm, wistful and winding with music.”
Escondido said: “Recording a summer song for Amazon gave us the opportunity to think outside the box… We’re grateful to Amazon for having us be a part of the Songs of Summer playlist and hope everyone enjoys listening.”
Throughout the summer, Amazon will also debut official and live performance videos with featured artists on Songs of Summer like Oh Pep!, Kate Voegele, Escondido, Fort Frances, and more.
The full track listing for Songs of Summer can be found below.
- ALO—“Summer Dream (We Got The Time)”
- Baio (of Vampire Weekend)—“Don’t Fight Fate”
- Benji Hughes—“Summersong”
- Blitzen Trapper—“Summer Rain”
- Dirty Heads—“So Long”
- Kate Voegele—“Must Be Summertime”
- Kris Orlowski—“Indian Summer”
- Ryan Bingham—“Kindred Mountain High”
- Ryan Miller (of Guster)—“June Summer Moon”
- Stephen Kellogg—“I Will Be Crazy For You”
- Sublime with Rome—“Secrets”
- The Kin—“Weekend”
- Aoife O’Donovan—“Red & White & Blue & Gold (Acoustic)”
- Beats Antique—“Cruel Summer”
- Big Jesus—“The Last Day of Summer”
- Brandi Carlile—“God Only Knows”
- Christian Lopez Band—“Dancing in the Moonlight”
- Eric Hutchinson—“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”
- Escondido—“Summer Breeze”
- Fort Frances—“Summer in the City”
- Globelamp—“California Sun”
- Laura Gibson—“Sunny Afternoon”
- LOLO—“The Boys of Summer”
- Matt Nathanson—“Gold in the Summertime (Acoustic)”
- Michael Franti & Spearhead—“Summertime Is In Our Hands (Acoustic)”
- Oh Pep!—“The Swimming Song”
- Passenger—“(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay”
- Rob Grote (of The Districts)—“Nightswimming”
- Surfer Blood—“A Summer Song”
- Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones—“Walking on Sunshine”
- The Bright Light Social Hour—“Sun King”
- The Mountain Goats—“Summer”
- The Secret Sisters—“Sealed with a Kiss”
- The Staves—“Photobooth”
- The Strumbellas—“Summer of ‘69”
- The Wild Reeds—“Surfer Girl”
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