The Dylan nobody knows: Return and Peppers

by Aaron Galbraith and Tony Attwood

In this series we try and find some songs that Dylan has performed which are largely forgotten.

Return To Me – from the Sopranos : Peppers & Egg Soundtrack cd. It’s a wonderful performance and deserves to be heard by more.

“Return to Me” was originally released in 1958 by Dean Martin. The song was in the UKs charts (or at least the New Musical Express version) for 22 weeks, getting to number 2.

It also reached number 4 in the Billboard Top 100, a chart that was based on sales, radio plays and jukebox plays.  Dean Martin re-recorded the song in 1961 for his Italian Love Songs album.

Moving on we have Do Re Mi

This is Dylan’s 2009 take of Woody Guthrie’s song from The People Speak Soundtrack, another wonderful performance, and this one probably slipped passed a few people unnoticed.

Even though the album is great and has new performances by Dylan, Springsteen, Randy Newman, Jackson Browne amongst others I don’t remember it being hugely publicised at the time it came out. Here is the audio only from the album, without the voiceover at the start

And here it is as it was shown in the film with Dylan singing the song in the flesh, along with Ry Cooder and Van Dyke Parks.

If you can find a way to watch the full documentary you really should, as it is really great. A treat from start to finish with great musical moments throughout. The film uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans. The film gives voice to those who, by insisting on equality and justice, spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history and also illustrates the relevance of this to today’s society.

Untold Dylan: who we are what we do

Untold Dylan is written by people who want to write for Untold Dylan.  It is simply a forum for those interested in the work of the most famous, influential and recognised popular musician and poet of our era, to read about, listen to and express their thoughts on, his lyrics and music.

We welcome articles, contributions and ideas from all our readers.  Sadly no one gets paid, but if you are published here, your work will be read by a fairly large number of people across the world, ranging from fans to academics who teach English literature.  If you have an idea, or a finished piece send it as a Word file to Tony@schools.co.uk with a note saying that it is for publication on Untold Dylan.

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You’ll find some notes about our latest posts arranged by themes and subjects on the home page of this site.  You can also see details of our main sections on this site at the top of this page under the picture.  Not every index is complete but I do my best.

But what is complete is our index to all the 604 Dylan compositions and co-compositions that we have found, on the A to Z page.  I’m proud of that; no one else has found that many songs with that much information.  Elsewhere the songs are indexed by theme and by the date of composition. See for example Bob Dylan year by year.

And please do note our friends at  The Bob Dylan Project, which also lists every Dylan song in alphabetical order, and has links to licensed recordings and performances by Dylan and by other artists, plus links back to our reviews (which we do appreciate).

 

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