By Tony Attwood
OK this is where it gets a bit silly. There are so many many many covers of Don’t think twice that it is impossible to say this is the best, or anything remotely like that. Except that is what I am going to do at the end of this piece.
But in case you don’t like it I’ll offer three others first…
There are two covers we have mentioned before on this site which have been in my favourites list for quite a long while, having kindly had them pointed out by readers of Untold, and I want to remind you of them. The first is just beautifully simple…
and the second is one that just sounds perfectly right in every regard. Sheeran doesn’t try, he just knows it is a beautiful song and offers it with due respect and understanding and in a most understated way.
So, those are two versions we have discovered before from the hundreds available. Here are two more recorded in the last year or two. First DylanGrass – an album from the Grassmasters. I’m not a bluegrass fan, but this is laid back and gentle and I can enjoy this as the sun sets.
And now the one track that I really wanted to send your way: a version released this year, and my newfound friend in relation to this wonderful song. A recording by Sachal Vasandani and Romain Collin.
Sachal Vasandani is a jazz vocal improviser who just has that way of singing that makes his voice something very special. Here he works with French pianist, Romain Collin, who is well-known on the New York jazz scene for his innovative playing.
If that doesn’t make you want to play the song again, well, sorry, because that is what I am doing.
There are hundreds and hundreds of covers of this song – but this Sachal Vasandani and Romain Collin version is the one that does it for me.
- 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
- Dylan cover of the day: 22 Can you please crawl out your window
- Dylan cover of the day 23: Can’t wait
- Dylan Cover of the Day 24: Changing of the Guard
- Dylan Cover of the Day 25: Chimes of Freedom
- Dylan Cover of the Day 26: Dear Landlord
- Dylan cover of the Day 27: Desolation Row as never ever before (twice)
- Dylan cover of the Day 28: Dignity.
- Dylan Cover of the Day 29: Dirge
- Dylan Cover of the Day 30: Don’t fall apart on me tonight.
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