Friday, September 14, 2012
"It Ain't Him, Babe": THE WEEKEND MIX
It wasn't my intention to have a Bob Dylan week on these pages, but I am not complaining. Jolly good show by all.
(Wait until you see Monday's query over at Burning Love?. I like it even better than "Your Ten Favorite Bob Dylan tunes.)
Until then, here is a collection of some of my favorite Bob Dylan covers. This was no easy task either. I just went with my gut. Like many of you did with your Top Ten, I went for what I play most often. I know I've forgotten many, but I'm counting on you to remind me, as this is NOT what Monday's discussion will be about.
SOME QUICK NOTES
I used to see The Roches live every time they'd play back in the late 70s and early 80s, and their live take on this "Basement Tapes" gem was always the best thing of the night. They finally recorded it for a Bob tribute CD, whose name escapes me at the moment.
Cyril Neville's soulful take on "I Want You" is not just one of my favorite Bob covers, but one of my fave covers period.
Unlike the title track from Bob's new record, which runs about 8 minutes too long, "Percy's Song" by Fairport Convention could have been three times longer. I could hear them sing the phrase "Turn, turn, turn again" again and again and again. To my ears, it's as beautiful as any music made.
When Daryl Hall pulled out this "Blood On The Tracks" masterpiece on his internet program, I decided to finally forgive him for "Maneater."
The audio quality of Allen Toussaint's take on "Mama You Been On My Mind" could be better. My apologies. It's all I have and I wanted it here.
Finally, The Roots' "Masters Of War." Pure genius.
Like A Rolling Stone- Green Day
I'd Have You Anytime- George Harrison
It Takes A Lot To Laugh...- Leon Russell
I Want You- Cyril Neville
Blind Willie McTell-The Band
Clothesline Saga- The Roches
Simple Twist Of Fate- Jeff Tweedy
Tears Of Rage- Jimi Hendrix
Sweetheart Like You- World Party
You're A Big Girl, Now- Daryl Hall
Absolutely Sweet Marie- Jason & The Scorchers
My Back Pages- The Byrds
Percy's Song- Fairport Convention
You Ain't Going Nowhere- Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, & Shawn Colvin
Mama You Been On My Mind- Allen Toussaint
Masters Of War The Rooots