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Depp to team up with Jeff Beck for album of cover songs

Johnny Depp and English guitarist jeff beck will release an album of mainly cover versions next month, after taking to the stage together for the ex-Yardbird’s UK tour.

Called “18”, the 13-track album will be released on 15 July. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor performed alongside Beck at several UK venues in the past two weeks.

“It’s almost like you’ve been through a record store and gone jumping from one genre to another,” Beck told Reuters on Friday, saying they first began working on the album at Depp’s home in France. “There’s a couple of Motown, there’s a couple of Beach Boy covers on… It sounds pretty good for a home recording.”

Depp and Beck have recorded music since 2019 for the album, which also features two original songs by Depp, who has his own band the Hollywood Vampires.

18 track list

“Midnight Walker” (Davy Spillane)
“Death And Resurrection Show” (Killing Joke)
“Time” (Dennis Wilson)
“Sad Motherf***in’ Parade” (Original Johnny Depp)
“Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)” (Beach Boys)
“This Is A Song For Miss Hedy Lamarr” (Original Johnny Depp)
“Caroline, No” (Beach Boys)
“Ooo Baby Baby” (The Miracles)
“What’s Going On” (Marvin Gaye)
“Venus In Furs” (The Velvet Underground)
“Let It Be Me” (The Everly Brothers)
“Stars” (Janis Ian cover)
“Isolation” (John Lennon cover) — digital and CD version only

“We slowly built songs that we just like. We didn’t really make any design,” Beck said. “He has … a very distinctive (voice) and he gets he gets music and hopefully I’ve enabled him to open up to some songs that he wouldn’t otherwise been interested in.”

Upon the verdict, Depp said the jury gave him his life back. Beck said: “I hope I have helped him a little bit having some kind of understanding and closeness and joking, and just keeping the fun thing going.”

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