Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren - Sunday Mornings with Elle & Toni, Volume 15: 2023-2024

Since 2020, I've posted the Sunday Mornings album series of cover versions by Reina del Cid and Toni Lindgren. But since I posted the most recent album in this series (the 14th!), the main singer-songwriter in this duo, Reina del Cid, decided to change her stage name to Elle Cordova. That was her real name all along, and "Reina del Cid" was just a nickname. Of course, that's her right, and I want to respect that, just as, say, "John Cougar" turned into "John Cougar Mellancamp" and then finally "John Mellancamp." 

But I thought it would be strange to have some albums posted under the name "Reina del Cid and Toni Lindgren" and other albums under the name "Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren," so I've just finished renaming ALL of their previous albums. That meant renaming all the songs and changing all the cover art. It was a pain in the rear, but now it's done. So you may well want to redownload all the previous albums, to get with what hopefully will be the permanent name going forward. Note also that they're calling their Sunday morning postings "Sunday Mornings with Elle and Toni," so that's what I'm using as well.

With that out of the way, let me get to this album. That's not much to say that hasn't been already said about previous albums in this series. As usual, it's all unreleased cover versions taken for the duo's YouTube page (which, by the way, is now simply called "Elle and Toni"). Most of the time, just the duo performs on the songs, with occasional extra guests. But for three of the songs, it's just Toni Lindgren, who is stepping up as a lead singer slightly more often.

This album is 48 minutes long.

Here are the original artists for each song: 

01 Never Going Back Again - Fleetwood Mac
02 Clay Pigeons - Blaze Foley / John Prine
03 Your Smiling Face - James Taylor
04 Cuckoo's Nest - traditional
05 Brand New Key - Melanie
06 Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under - Shania Twain
07 Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
08 After Hours - Velvet Underground
09 The Big Rock Candy Mountain - Harry McClintock
10 Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
11 Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Carole King / Shirelles
12 Cruella de Vil - 101 Dalmations (movie soundtrack)
13 Gentle on My Mind - Glen Campbell
14 Ripple - Grateful Dead
15 You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry

Here's the usual song list:

01 Never Going Back Again (Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren)
02 Clay Pigeons (Toni Lindgren)
03 Your Smiling Face (Elle Cordova, Toni Lindgren & Kent Nishimura)
04 Cuckoo's Nest [Instrumental] (Toni Lindgren)
05 Brand New Key (Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren)
06 Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under (Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren)
07 Wonderful World (Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren with Nataly Dawn & Lauren O'Connell)
08 After Hours (Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren)
09 The Big Rock Candy Mountain (Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren)
10 Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren)
11 Will You Love Me Tomorrow (Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren)
12 Cruella de Vil (Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren)
13 Gentle on My Mind (Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren)
14 Ripple (Toni Lindgren)
15 You Never Can Tell (Elle Cordova & Toni Lindgren)

The cover is a screenshot taken from the video for "After Hours" on this album.


  1. While I respect her decision I've always looked at Reina del Cid as the band name. She could have kept it that way and still used her real name as her stage name and still maintained the brand. As long as she never gets rid of Toni I'll let her do what she wants. I see Toni as the Mike Campbell of her generation. She can obviously solo for hours in a jam band setting but plays just what the song needs with taste and style and takes Elle's songs and voice to the next level. They are perfect together.

    1. I agree completely. I like lead guitarists would can make up long solos on the spot. But I have a special appreciation for guitarists who play really tight solos that are carefully thought out to exactly fit a song's needs. George Harrison was the master of that. Toni Lindgren is really good at it too.

      And by the way, one reason I'm okay with the name change is because before it has just been "Reina del Cid," aka Elle Cordova, whereas now it's "Elle and Toni," so Toni gets equal credit for the first time.