On Monday we kicked off the week with Polyphonic Spree’s gorgeous rendition of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s anti-war song – Happy Xmas (War Is Over), which can be found on the psychedelic choral-rock act’s new studio album, Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Vol. One. Today we’ve got our second cover of the Lennon-Ono classic, that has some direct ties to the original, as last night the impressive pairing of Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, the Harlem Gospel Choir and John and Yoko’s son Sean Lennon performed the song on The Colbert Report.
The trio closed out the political satire show’s Christmas Carol Week that had previously seen Diana Krall, Elvis Costello and Marc Ribot perform Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Audra McDonald with Baby, It’s Cold Outside and Michael Stipe and Mandy Patinkin doing Good King Wencelas – who were all assisted by Mr. Colbert on vocals. For their take on the tune, Tweedy, Staples and Lennon swapped verses, with some gorgeous assistance from the choir. Let’s check it out…
In the spirit of the season both Happy Xmas (War Is Over) and Good King Weneceles are currently available as digital downloads via iTunes with all proceeds going to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
[via The Audio Perv]