Various ‎– Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary)

Rubáiyát is a compilation album, released in 1990 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Elektra record label. The concept was to feature present-day Elektra artists covering songs from the historic catalogue of recordings of Elektra Records and its sister label Asylum Records.

Two long-running Elektra artists—Jackson Browne and The Cure—were featured in a double capacity. They were featured as performing artists (covering songs from Elektra's early canon) and were also represented by having songs that they had recorded for Elektra, covered by newer Elektra artists. Carly Simon was the only solo artist to have two songs covered on the collection while the Eagles were the only group to share that distinction.

The double album was produced by Lenny Kaye, guitarist of the Patti Smith group, who also wrote the liner notes.


The Cure Hello I Love You 3:27
Tracy Chapman House Of The Rising Sun 2:03
Billy Bragg Seven & Seven Is 2:15
Jevetta Steele I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing 4:13
Gipsy Kings Hotel California 5:47
The Black Velvet Band Werewolves Of London 3:40
The Sugarcubes Motorcycle Mama 3:44
Shinehead One Meatball 4:38
The Havalinas Bottle Of Wine 3:27
Pixies Born In Chicago 2:11
Faster Pussycat You're So Vain 4:11
Kronos Quartet Marquee Moon 4:13
Phoebe Snow Get Ourselves Together 4:17
Happy Mondays Tokoloshe Man 4:18
Ernie Isley Let's Go 4:41
Lynch Mob (2) Going Down 3:35
Ambitious Lovers A Little Bit Of Rain 3:15
Anita Baker You Belong To Me 4:42
Howard Jones Road To Cairo 5:34
The Big F Kick Out The Jams 4:03
The Georgia Satellites Almost Saturday Night / Rockin' All Over The World 4:04
Sara Hickman Hello, I Am Your Heart 2:44
Teddy Pendergrass Make It With You 5:32
Linda Ronstadt The Blacksmith 2:41
Bill Frisell / Robin Holcomb / Wayne Horvitz Going Going Gone 5:58
Jackson Browne First Girl I Loved 4:44
10,000 Maniacs These Days 3:27
Metallica Stone Cold Crazy 2:17
Danny Gatton Apricot Brandy 3:11
Shaking Family Union Man 3:55
They Might Be Giants One More Parade 2:22
Howard Hewett I Can't Tell You Why 3:52
Leaders Of The New School Mt. Airy Groove 4:37
Shirley Murdock You Brought The Sunshine 4:17
John Eddie Inbetween Days 3:59
The Beautiful South Love Wars 4:36
Michael Feinstein Both Sides Now 5:14
John Zorn T.V. Eye 2:25
The Cure Hello I Love You (Slight Return) 0:10

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
9 60940-2 Various Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary)(2xCD, Comp) Elektra 9 60940-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
9 60940-2 Various Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary)(2xCD, Album) Elektra 9 60940-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
7559-60940-2 Various Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary)(2xCD, Comp) Elektra 7559-60940-2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
9 60940-4 Various Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary)(2xCass) Elektra 9 60940-4 US 1990 Sell This Version
7559-60940-4 Various Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary)(2xCass, Comp + Box) Elektra 7559-60940-4 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
5324/5325 Various Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary)(2xCass, Comp, Unofficial) Peacock (4) 5324/5325 Thailand 1990 Sell This Version
9 60940-2, PRCD 8208-2 Various Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary)(4xCD, Comp, Promo + Box) Elektra, Elektra 9 60940-2, PRCD 8208-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
7559-60940-1, EKT 78 Various Rubáiyát (Elektra's 40th Anniversary)(4xLP + Box, Album) Elektra, Elektra 7559-60940-1, EKT 78 Europe 1990 Sell This Version