The best cover versions of Dylan songs part 8

Compiled from readers’ suggestions by Tony Attwood.  Links to the previous suggestions are at the end.   Commentaries are my personal thoughts, not those of the readers who kindly suggested the songs for inclusion.

71: Tomorrow is a Long Time – Elvis Presley, suggested by Tom Haber.    Elvis Presley recorded the song on May 26, 1966 during a session for his album How Great Thou Art. Dylan once said that Presley’s cover of the song was “the one recording I treasure the most.”   I don’t normally listen to Elvis recordings but this really is extraordinary.

72: Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word – Joan Baez.  Suggested by Tom Haber.  The link is to the Untold Dylan review, which includes within it a recording of the song.

73: Love minus zero – The Walker Brothers.  Suggested by John Wyburn.

One of the extraordinary things about this little project of gathering together cover versions of Dylan songs is not just that I have got to hear some amazing versions of Dylan classics by other artists which I’d not come across before (such as this one) but also I have been reminded of other songs that I have not heard for years but which once were utterly fundamental to my life.   So it was here, with the Walker Brothers’ No Regrets. It remains for me one of the ten greatest pop songs of all times.  Before today I hadn’t heard it for years.

74: One more cup of coffee – The White Stripes.  Suggested by Diego D’Agostino.   Another extraordinary re-working that I’d not come across.  What he does, fractionally, to the timing, is just amazing.

75: Tomorrow is a long time – Rod Stewart.  Suggested by Diego D’Agostino

76: All along the watchtower – Brian Ferry.  Suggested by Diego D’Agostino

77:  New Pony – The Dead Weather.  Suggested by Diego D’Agostino

78: Highway 61 Revisited – Johnny Winter.  Suggested by Laura Leivick

79: Jokerman – Dylan.pl   Suggested by Anon.   This is Jokerman totally re-worked and sung in Polish (“Arlekin”).  Quite, utterly, amazing.   Available on Spotify.

80: Mr Tambourine Man – Melanie Safka.  Suggested Ken Fletcher.   Ken adds, “Dylan even played part of in his Theme Time radio show.”   I must say that it delivers an utterly haunting meaning of desperate lonliness that goes way beyond any other version I have heard.  It is almost too much to take.

Here are the earlier parts of the series

What else is on the site

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And please do note   The Bob Dylan Project, which lists every Dylan song in alphabetical order, and has links to licensed recordings and performances by Dylan and by other artists, is starting to link back to our reviews

 

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3 Responses to The best cover versions of Dylan songs part 8

  1. Mat Rude says:

    Awesome stuff here!! Here are a some covers suggestions.

    Changing of the Guard by Chris Whitley and Jeff Lang
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKr6nXJoO2M
    Spanish Harlem Incident by Chris Whitley
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vfvOufqjYw
    When I Paint My Masterpiece by Chris Whitley and Jeff Lang
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPU1JL1_euk
    Boot of Spanish Leather by Patti Smith
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soO2sXhmBJ4
    Its All Over Now, Baby Blue by Graham Bonnet
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSBDlsTyT60
    Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind by Idiot Wind
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEfMN9nApHY
    Simple Twist of Fate by Sarah Jarosz
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niRwcmDdz1s
    I Believe in You by Sinead O’Conner
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=318ZDSy3zn4
    Precious Angel by Sinead O’Connor
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1gziy2pEEI
    Idiot Wind By Luke Elliot
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsxOWEu00I4

    Thanks!!
    Mat

  2. Mat Rude says:

    One more.
    Wanted Man by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZeaBwDmN2E

  3. Anonymous Contributor says:

    Duet between Johnny Cash and Joni Mitchell of “Girl of the North Country” is really worth a listen.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1QO0jQ0PB0

    Mark Knopfler’s version of Restless Farewell.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fKszPYmj7s

    Joan Baez’s version of It Ain’t Me Babe.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nADCKIT_Kbw

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