Thursday, 23 May 2013

DYLAN COVERS #100 ***SPECIAL*** The Freewheelin' Covered, Side 1


I only started it as a bit of fun, but it soon became an obession, very like collecting Dylan Bootlegs. If you are reading this, then you have probably been there.

I now have thousands of Dylan covers. Everything on MP3 and backed up twice...if I lost them. Well I don't know what?

Family photos or my Dylan Covers. ....sorry!!!.........

I started collecting Dylan Covers CDs, but it got silly, so I just now copy them and sell the CD. As I always say. 'All I need as a possesion is my Hard Drive' and my loin cloth!

Anyway, I am rambling and to celebrate the #100,  I have decided to cover Dylan's iconic second album The Freewheelin' (#50, I covered 'Blonde on Blonde')

I can't wait for #1000, maybe I will cover  'Tempest ' now that would be a Titanic project.!.

I hope you have enjoyed some of the covers I have found, as much as I have had the pleasue of finding them.

 Old Ma thinks I am sad! and can not stand Mr D.

Apart from that and the fact she is French!!!................'talking to some French Girls' 

I'm bleeding freezing!

PETER PAUL and MARY - Blowin' in the Wind

I just had to start with Peter, Paul and Mary, this is where it all started for Bob way back in 1963. They had a number two hit with the song and this provided fame and exposure for a Young Bob Dylan and of course shed loads of dollars. This is a live version of probably Dylan's most famous song 

ROD STEWART - Girl from the North Country (alt Take)

There are many many fabulous covers of this brilliant love song, too many to even mention, but I am going for Rod Stewart and his alternative take from the one released on his 1974 album Smiler. This one is lot sparser and much superior in my opinion. You can find it on 'The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998 (Rarities/Sessions Box).' You will find some great stuff there, including some good Bob Covers.

I think Rod deserves to be included, he has done many Dylan Covers and has enough to make up a complete Dylan Covers album. Come on Rod why don't you release such an album. You may even get back your street cred.   His latest album contains a take of Corina Corina.

EDDIE VEDDER - Masters of War

There are many great versions of this brilliant anti-war song. I have featured some excellent versions in previous posts. Notably Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, The Roots and The Staple Singers.

I just had to feature another version by Eddie Vedder who has practically made the song his own. This can be found on the DVD  'The People Speak.' . For other Eddie versions.

WHILE and MATTHEWS - Down the Highway

'Down the Highway' and 'Bob Dylan's Blues' are to be quite honest fillers and are nowhere near the high standard of the other tracks on side 1. This is probably why I cannot find too many covers to chose from. Both these tracks are from  'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - A Folk Tribute,'  which was on an BBC Radio 2 FM  Broadcast: May 18th 2011. They are actually pretty good and the concert is a must hear. 

EWEN MCLENNAN - Bob Dylan's Blues

JOAN BAEZ - A Hard Rains a Gonna Fall

It just had to be Joan's version taken from her 1965 album 'Farewell Angelina' still one of my favourite albums of all time, It has several other Dylan covers and I just love the stripped down versions, compared with the band sound of her double album of Dylan Covers 'Any Day Now' (1968).

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24 May 2013 at 16:16

Happy Birthday Dylan Covers - here's to the next 100 Old Pa! I haven't listened to all these selections yet, but will return to comment further when I have.

27 May 2013 at 20:54

Great post, sir. Rod gets the nod from me - at one time a supreme Dylan interpreter.

28 May 2013 at 08:20

SB - bring out that Covers album Rod

1 June 2013 at 07:45

A good listen Old Pa. Perhaps it's because of my familiarity with the other versions, but I particularly enjoyed While & Matthews and Ewen McLennan's selections, both of which were new to me.

5 June 2013 at 16:10

I agree with your comment re:"Hard Rain" on the Baez album "Farewell Angelina." The stripped down arrangements lend a wistful hungry feeling to the Dylan songs especially. "Daddy You Been On My Mind" is another gem on that album.

5 June 2013 at 17:05

Walt Campbell- thanks for the comments, totally agree, when the album first came out I had not previously heard DYBOMM so it was a special at the time.