Essential Bob Dylan Covers?

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I just got done listening to a god-awful album of Dylan covers by acoustic guitar artists. Please remind me why artists should still cover Dylan.

My contributions:

Yo La Tengo “I Threw it All Away”
Jerry Garcia "Simple Twist of Fate"
Jeff Buckley "Farewell Angelina"

Suzy Creemcheese (SuzyCreemcheese), Saturday, 6 August 2005 00:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Bryan Ferry: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Saturday, 6 August 2005 00:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

We've done this one repeatedly:

Is there a Dylan cover more beautiful than Fairport Convention's 'I'll Keep It With Mine'?
Is there a Dylan cover more kickass than Poster Children's "Isis"?
OPO: Bob Dylan cover

Today, Johnny Jenkins' "Down Along the Cove" is totally doing it for me.

Douglas (Douglas), Saturday, 6 August 2005 00:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the simple machines cover of girl of the north country is not essential. just thought i'd throw that out there.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 August 2005 00:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

you know what, that entire album of dylan covers that the hollies did is not essential.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 August 2005 00:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the four seasons as the wonder whos doing don't think twice though? Maybe the most essential of them all.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 August 2005 00:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

strange douglas, i actually did a search for 'bob dylan cover' and didn't see those.

:: Lock Thread ::

Suzy Creemcheese (SuzyCreemcheese), Saturday, 6 August 2005 00:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Nina Simone's _Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues_.

t. fiend (t. fiend), Saturday, 6 August 2005 00:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

See, I actually don't like NSimone's cover of that.

Suzy Creemcheese (SuzyCreemcheese), Saturday, 6 August 2005 01:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thanks, T. Fiend for mentioning that Simone tune - one of my favorite songs ever.

Dee Xtrovert (dee dee), Saturday, 6 August 2005 01:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I heard that one on WFMU a couple of days ago — I thought it was odd more than good. My favorite is the first one Suzy mentioned, YLT's "I Threw It All Away."

Truckdrivin' Buddha (Rock Hardy), Saturday, 6 August 2005 01:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Thirteenth Floor Elevators!

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Saturday, 6 August 2005 01:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

transvision vamp covered "crawl out your window".
i liked the original but prefer the cover.
hear a sample:
http://www.mp3.com/albums/16369/summary.html

jendy wames, Saturday, 6 August 2005 02:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Fairport Convention "I'll keep it with mine"

CL, Saturday, 6 August 2005 04:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't think I've ever heard Dylan's version of "If Not For You", but George Harrison's is great.

The Yellow Kid, Saturday, 6 August 2005 05:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Cat Power's cover of "Moonshiner" is probably the worst Dylan covers, and of one of his best songs. Weirdly, I actually like Cat Power, as much as I like any 90s indie rock. But that cover--awful.

That said, my cover of "Boots of Spanish Leather" might also rank amongst the worst.

I.M. (I.M.), Saturday, 6 August 2005 05:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't think I've ever heard Dylan's version of "If Not For You", but George Harrison's is great.

-- The Yellow Kid (ano...), August 6th, 2005.
george is the best , olivia newton johns version is horrid and should be avoided.

jendy wames, Saturday, 6 August 2005 05:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

no way, olivia's is great! way better guitar than george's version.

scott seward (scott seward), Saturday, 6 August 2005 10:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I've always loved Fairport Convention's "Si Tu Dois Partir" (French-language take on "If You've Gotta Go, Go Now"), complete with smashing windows.

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Saturday, 6 August 2005 11:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man
Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower

DJMonsterMo, Saturday, 6 August 2005 14:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The new issue of Uncut has a covermount CD called Highway 61 Revisited - Revisited (geddit) wherein people like The Handsome Family and Willard Grant Conspiracy tackle the whole album. Not heard it yet, but vaguely curious about it. (I just wish they'd do it with albums that're more important to me - y'know, Different Class - Reclassed or The Soft Bulletin - Recalibrated.)

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Saturday, 6 August 2005 14:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue by Thirteenth Floor Elevators!

like don't love their version - do love the Chocolate Watch Band's

jared66, Saturday, 6 August 2005 14:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I thought Van Morrison wrote that? *ducks*

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Saturday, 6 August 2005 14:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Neko Case -- Buckets of Rain

The Original Jimmy Mod: A Negro (The Famous Jimmy Mod), Saturday, 6 August 2005 14:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

How can anyone not love Falco's version of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"?

Erik The Mainer (EZSnappin), Saturday, 6 August 2005 15:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I love that Cat Power version of "Moonshiner"!

...the vagaries of tastes, blah, blah...

David A. (Davant), Saturday, 6 August 2005 19:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I guess in a way that I'd never really acknowledge, covering a song called "Moonshiner" in a drunken half-assed stupor is actually appropriate. Dylan sounds a little earnest/sober/religious, perhaps. But from a purely musical standpoint, just seems an odd choice for her to half-ass it (and change the gender) and have a breakdown-stop---this from a white girl who manages a reasonably emotive cover of "Wild is the Wind".

I.M. (I.M.), Saturday, 6 August 2005 19:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Neil Young's version of "Forever Young" rules...

Bryan Moore (Bryan Moore), Sunday, 7 August 2005 02:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

jimmy mod otm

Sym Sym (sym), Sunday, 7 August 2005 09:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

gorgeous one .... magnet ft. gemma hayes "lay lady lay"

Whittier Labs, Sunday, 7 August 2005 10:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(I know I've mentioned this on some other thread, but...)

Ben Watt doing "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"

Twee as fuck, but gets me where I live.

Marcel Post (Marcel Post), Sunday, 7 August 2005 13:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"The new issue of Uncut has a covermount CD called Highway 61 Revisited - Revisited (geddit) wherein people like The Handsome Family and Willard Grant Conspiracy tackle the whole album."

As if you didn't already know, Mojo has a CD with.... well you get the picture.

Window Crawler, Sunday, 14 August 2005 04:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Lo & Behold is a really good (not get essentialist!) album of Dylan covers, by Coulson--and a bunch of other people who should have called themselves something short (if you're old enough to remember this album, you won't) Only thing is, on the title track's chorus, Coulson goes up into blackboard falsetto by end of chorus: "myeee dear maaan": I know, it's tribute to that Four Seasons Dylan cover Skot loves, and an influence on "myee myee myeee Sharona," but he does it every damn time he sings the chorus. but (Dean) Coulson is otherwise good, like Paul Rodgers but not solemn, and he and the ohters (Mcguinness, Flint, um?) keep it from getting too tasteful or too ragged. (Anybody who likes Fairport, Van Morrison, Elevators, for that matter, covering Dyl would probably like this.)truly essential, Dylan covers o.p.s. on the unissued Basement Tapes: sings the shit out of "Big River," "Still In Town," "Young But Daily Growing," and several Ian Tyson songs, although "Four Strong Winds" uh-uh. If he seems to be gushing over stuff like this in Chronicles, and he does, here I can hear what he heard in it. Dylan covers of Dylan (creeping up before it sees him first) incl. a lot of stuff(most of it) on The Endless Tour. Including that rise and fall and rise and(after "the wind began to howl") version of "Watchtower" I saw him do ca. '92.Which blows away Jimi's version, and Dylan and the Band too, but I still like Hendrix jiving,kidding, celebrating"Like A Rolling Stone" at Monterey.That Kentucky Headhunters album of covers was erratic, like Frank said in Voice, but they really rise with the tide of "Like A Rolling Stone", and somehow "Chug-A-Lug" follows it perfectly (but that's another matter).

don, Sunday, 14 August 2005 05:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Any of the Fairport Dylan covers on Unhalfbricking is great. THeir Million Dollar Bash is fun, if a little polite, but their Percy's Song is superb.

Emmylou Harris - Every Grain of Sand (the best version without a doubt)
I'll second Neko Case's Buckets Of Rain. Wish she'd release that officially.

Stew (stew s), Sunday, 14 August 2005 10:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Anybody heard that group, Jewels And Binoculars, doing jazz covers of Dylan, on a couple of albums Tom Hull approved in Voice?(He didn't describe them much.)

don, Sunday, 14 August 2005 16:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

that ky. headhunters album...has anyone actually *listened* to it?? like maybe to the "drumming" and "bass playing"...? just wondering...

edd s hurt (ddduncan), Sunday, 14 August 2005 19:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I know I mentioned Rick Nelson's cover of She Belongs To Me on one of those other threads and will stand by that. But I'd also add The Turtles - It An't Me Babe.

Of Course Jimi's Watchtower rules, but I enjoy the original equally. Somewhere I have a mix tape with the two back to back.

jim wentworth (wench), Monday, 15 August 2005 00:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I wonder how well the Electric Ladyland version would mash up with the Before the Flood version.

Truckdrivin' Buddha (Rock Hardy), Monday, 15 August 2005 00:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Just heard Bill Frisell's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" and that's the only way I want to hear that song again.

Truckdrivin' Buddha (Rock Hardy), Monday, 15 August 2005 20:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'd like to hear that.Thing about the mobius strip self-cover I heard, the riders kept screwing with the watchers; no howling mercy kill ("Can't get no relief," indeed--the scariest version by far) Would like to hear the Bill. Also like: Elvis, "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", and "Don't Think Twice," with session cats goin'down the road a piece; Bonnie Raitt, "Let's Keep It Between Us"; Lou Reed, "Foot Of Pride", on the 30th Anniversary Concert video. (Looked like he had about five pages of lyrics, but no prob.) Stevie Wonder's "Blowin' In The Wind" might be good; hard to tell, when distracted by loud, groaning bass voice nearby (on the record, not elsewhere in my room, I hope)

don, Monday, 15 August 2005 20:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
So I just got the MOJO comp and am enjoying it but have nothing to say about it. What about the rest of you that have had it for a month?

I don't think I've ever heard Dylan's version of "If Not For You", but George Harrison's is great.
-- The Yellow Kid (ano...), August 6th, 2005.
george is the best , olivia newton johns version is horrid and should be avoided.

-- jendy wames (jend...), August 6th, 2005 2:27 AM. (link)

I'll agree with that.

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 September 2005 13:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Jason and the Scorchers version of Absolutely Sweet Marie.
And the Byrds version of My Back Pages and You ain't Going Nowhere and maybe Wheels on Fire, that’s a weird one. Also Robyn Hitchcock did an entire record’s worth. I don't have it but I seem to remember hearing Buckets of Rain and liking it

dan. (dan.), Friday, 2 September 2005 14:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Mojo comp was let down by too many Adult Contemporaryisms, but the Hugh Cornwell track is alright.

I'll stand by Mark Arm's "Masters of War" 7" (released the day the Gulf War I started)

Old School (sexyDancer), Friday, 2 September 2005 14:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that Hugh Cornwall version of "Stuck Inside of Mobile" is one of the better things on there. It's also the end of the best run of tracks, being after The Hollies' "My Back Pages" and Nancy Sinatra's "It Ain't Me Babe."

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 September 2005 14:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Cornwell

The bass playing on that is really good, is that his regular guy, Steve something?

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 September 2005 14:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

I'm hooked on Solomon Burke's "Maggie's Farm" and Phil Flowers's "Like A Rolling Stone" right now... the only other one I can think of off-hand right now is Stevie's "Blowin' In The Wind", which doesn't blow me away as much but then I'm kind of sick of the song itself.

Can anyone recommend any others, especially pre-funk '60's stomping soul stuff?

Brio, Sunday, 13 September 2009 15:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

sorry - didn't meant to post twice - if a mod cares to delete this last post or the other thread, please do whatever's easy for you. or not. thanks.

Brio, Sunday, 13 September 2009 15:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvKyBcCDOB4
this song has such a weird history -- a fragment that dylan forgot instantly, only ever appeared on bootlegs, is now a hit country song by the dude from hootie.

tylerw, Sunday, 26 May 2013 21:40 (four years ago) Permalink

also i did not know they made videos like this anymore -- this is going to be played all the time on vh1 circa 1996!

tylerw, Sunday, 26 May 2013 21:43 (four years ago) Permalink

uh if I'm not wrong that dude is hootie

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 26 May 2013 21:43 (four years ago) Permalink

lol come on if you were a true hootie fan you'd know that he does not like being referred to as hootie.

tylerw, Sunday, 26 May 2013 21:44 (four years ago) Permalink

don't be a blowfish

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 26 May 2013 21:45 (four years ago) Permalink

Though Rucker is commonly thought of as Hootie and the other members as the Blowfish, Rucker has clarified multiple times that he is not Hootie, and the other band members are not the Blowfish. The band name is completely separate from the band members.

tylerw, Sunday, 26 May 2013 21:45 (four years ago) Permalink

lol

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Sunday, 26 May 2013 21:45 (four years ago) Permalink

Next thing you know we will be hearing that there is no such person as Pablo Cruise.

Oulipo Traces (on a Cigarette) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 27 May 2013 00:39 (four years ago) Permalink

Inessential cover:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE7-K71uYak

still they yacht me like (Eazy), Monday, 27 May 2013 03:32 (four years ago) Permalink

t you know abt this also yeah?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gX1EP6mG-E

bear, bear, bear, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 00:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Nilsson's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" isn't mentioned on any of these Dylan cover threads, and it oughta be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI5L_tehaQ0

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 28 May 2013 00:49 (four years ago) Permalink

That Hole cover of "Baby Blue" sounds good to me. (The X, no.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 01:14 (four years ago) Permalink

i like nilsson's version...
and yeah i gather hootie is essentially "covering" the old crow medicine show "cover"...dylan must be chuckling about getting royalty checks for this thing.

tylerw, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 02:34 (four years ago) Permalink

Full cred to Adele for covering a late-period Dylan song, just to show it can still be done. (How many times did someone say "oh yeah, and Dylan wrote one for us, but we didn't use it..")

Hmm, Nilson doing SubHomBlu, I can't imagine that. Will wait for the boxset to arrive tho.

Mark G, Tuesday, 28 May 2013 09:02 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Jim Nabors singing Dylan with Leigh French and Rob Reiner of The Committee. How many hippies became imperialists? https://t.co/5JW80TbqJC

— Dennis Perrin (@DennisThePerrin) November 30, 2017

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 2 December 2017 01:31 (one week ago) Permalink


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