The Weekly Shuffle

The Book Of Love (Remix/Cover) by James Diers & Graham O’Brien

69 Love Songs is the sixth studio album by American indie pop band the Magnetic Fields, released on September 7, 1999, by Merge Records. As its title indicates, 69 Love Songs is a three-volume concept album composed of 69 love songs, all written by Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt.

The audacious project to gather 69 MN bands and get them to cover the each one of the songs from the Magnetic Fields album came from the mind of MN Musician Matt Latterell. The result is Absolutely Cuckoo: Minnesota Covers ‘The 69 Love Songs’ It was kind of like a ‘Field of Dreams’ thing — just crossing your fingers and hoping all the songs would come in,” he told the Star Tribune in an interview in 2013. The album release was celebrated with an Allstar concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Proceeds from the  concert went to OutFront Minnesota, which played a large role in defeating the same-sex marriage ban in the election and actively promotes equality.

I have always loved this version of the song. James Diers has a very calming voice and Graham’s production is simply beautiful.

Odd fact: I once Randomly heard this on the PA system of a small cafe in the Ba Dihn area of Hanoi, Vietnam. No shit.

The Book Of Love

Bass – Casey O’Brien
Drums – Graham O’Brien
Guitar – Robert Mulrennan
Mastered By – Huntley Miller
Producer – Graham O’Brien
Recorded By, Mixed By – Adam Krinsky, Graham O’Brien
Vocals, Keyboards – James Diers

Released in 2012