Thursday, 13 October 2011

DYLAN COVER # 18 - GUEST SPOT - Never Ending Baby Blue Part 1

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This week is our first, in a two part 'Dylan Cover' guest spot and comes from an old school teacher during Flycasual's days in Saudi Arabia. His class was the original school of rock, he was funny, he was good at maths, he almost led us to footy glory in Dhahran 88', he's Brendan Barry:-

Never Ending Baby Blue

No other Dylan song has yielded so many great covers as It’s All Over Now Baby Blue. One of the main reasons for this is that Them’s magnificent and highly original 1966 arrangement has itself been covered and reworked by so many bands.

Including  Bob himself, I can count at least 9 versions that are worthy of stone cold classic status.
(1) Dylan’s own version, especially the one with his Blonde on Blonde voice from ‘Live 1966’,

(2) Them’s jaw-dropping reconstruction mentioned above.

  (3) Grateful Dead’s fluid and seamless live version from ‘Vintage Dead’

(4) The Byrds’ stunning stinging staccato outtake from ‘Turn Turn Turn’,

(5) Joan Baez’s classic crystal clear clarion call delivery from 1965.

Part 2 will be next week (I can't wait)

Are there any other Dylan fans out there who'd like to do a guest spot on 'Dylan Covers'? Let me know in the 'comments' and we can arrange a spot.

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13 October 2011 at 23:25

Great Post Brendan, so good we have done it over two weeks, hope that is ok with you. The Them version must be high in the top 10 of Dylan Covers. I have never heard that Gratful Dead one but I think the version on the Masked & Anonymous Sound Track takes a lot of beating. Joan Baez I love her covers of Dylan and this is pretty near her best. You can't go wrong with the Byrds.

Rajan Mahadevan
14 October 2011 at 10:03

.... and then there's one covered by the late FALCO !

14 October 2011 at 10:05

Rajan, I agree that is very good cover also, I think Bredan got it right when he called it 'Never Ending Baby Blue' goes on and on!