by Tony Attwood
A list of the past articles in this series is published at the end of the article.
This is a very odd situation and I hadn’t appreciated this until now – there was seemingly a cover version of the song before Dylan released his single. This seemingly came out in October 1965, two months before Dylan’s version was released.
And of course I have to include the Hendrix version, which sounds of course like no one else. But really doesn’t make any extra sense of what we have here in terms of the lyrics, or the extraordinarily odd chord sequence. I had hoped Hendrix could have made more of that because even now, all these decades later, it just sounds… odd.
Wilko Johnson (of Dr Feelgood) and Roger Daltry had a decent bash which I much prefer to Hendrix – and I think they make much more sense of the music than Dylan ever did.
That extra musical twist at the end and start of each verse really helps. So does the brass – if it is brass, and not an organ playing with a mouthorgan. Oh dear my ears are getting too old.
Les Frandkin’s version makes minimal changes but he really does get a different feel out of the music – which really is an art in itself. Who else would have thought of singing this singing this song in harmonies on every other line. That is a really clever idea, and unlike most clever ideas it really works. I just wish they had thought of an alternative to the cymbal hit between each verse.
In fact I haven’t really wanted to listen to this song in years, but this version changes my mind. It just shows what can be done with good musicians and a lot of imagination – I do hope you play that record to the end.
Just one more
I had hopes for this recording at the start but really it didn’t get developed, and became more akin to the original as it progressed. But the vocalist does a good job reinterpreting the lyrics.
So I didn’t find anyone taking the song somewhere completely different. But a nice little diversion from the tedious of reality. Although perhaps not as good as going for a six mile walk across some rather exciting countryside with a good friend.
But still, can’t win them all.
The series so far…
- Dylan cover of the day: Number 1. The song with numbers in the title.
- Dylan cover of the day. No 2: Ain’t Talkin
- Bob Dylan cover of the day No3: All I really want to do
- Dylan cover of the day No4: Angelina
- Dylan covers of the day No 5. Apple Suckling and Are you Ready.
- Cover version of the day No 6: As I went out one morning
- Dylan cover of the day No 7: Ballad for a Friend
- Dylan Cover of the Day No 8: Ballad in Plain D
- Dylan Cover of the Day No 9: Ballad of a thin man
- Dylan cover No. 10: The stunning reworking of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
- Dylan cover of the day No 11: The ballad of Hollis Brown
- A Dylan cover a day No 12: Beyond here lies nothing
- Dylan cover of the day No 13: Blind Willie McTell
- Dylan Cover of the Day 14: Black Crow Blues (more fun than you might recall)
- Dylan Cover of the Day 15: An unexpected cover of “Black Diamond Bay”
- Dylan Cover of the Day 16: Blowin in the wind as never before
- Dylan Cover of the Day 17: Bob Dylan’s Dream
- Dylan Cover of the Day 18: You will not believe this… 115th Dream revisited
- Dylan cover of the day 19: Boots of Spanish leather
- Dylan cover of the day 20: Born in Time
- Dylan cover of the day 21: Buckets of Rain
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