Thursday, July 13, 2023

Tillerman Embrace Their Exceptional Musicianship On Timeless ‘Nights In White Satin’ Cover

Covering a classic is never an easy task, especially when it’s one as unique and timeless as The Moody Blues 1967 classic ‘Nights in White Satin’, yet Tillerman, a four-piece outfit from Leeds, have given it a mighty fine go.  

The Tillerman version offers slight differences compared to the original from the off. With it’s crunchier feel in relation to the extra guitars layered throughout, you manage to get a sense of the exceptional musicianship of lead guitarist Shawn Mallia, as his subtle blues licks weave effortlessly between the exceptionally delivered line of lead singer Jon Kulczycki. 

One of the standout elements of the original release of ‘Nights in White Satin’ is the grandeur found in the cinematic climax of the chorus. With it’s anthemic strings and otherworldly cacophony of backing vocals, it’s truly one of the most iconic passages in music history. It’s a testament to the creativity and skill of Tillerman that the band are able to pull such a feat off, as their offering matches the soaring climax of the original. 

There is still subtle differences between the two tracks. The Moody blues offer us a woodwind solo, giving their version a slight prog-rock feel. Tillerman, on the other hand, double down on their more grizzled approach as once again Mallia comes to the fore with some exceptional bluesy solo work. 

It’s often a fool’s errand, trying to cover a track as iconic as ‘Nights in White Satin’. The fact that Tillerman are able to create a track that not only matches its predecessor with such ease, but also adds their own subtle twists, shows just how talented a band they are.  

James Ogden

Image: ‘Nights in White Satin’ Official Single Cover

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