By Tony Attwood
Aaron and I have looked at covers of Like a Rolling Stone in the past and included The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Mick Ronson with David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix and Sebastian Cabot.
So I am not going back to them again, but instead raising the question, are there any others that tickle my fancy? (Is that a totally last century English English expression or is it used elsewhere? I really don’t know – it means are there any others that I rather like).
And I do quite like Vanguart because of the slight changes to the accompaniment (is that a viola in the backing?), melody and the harmonies that are added. It’s a bit like an old friend wearing, not a new coat, but maybe just a new hat. Mostly it is a faithful copy, but just those slight variations make it feel like a worthy re-visit.
And then by way of total contrast….
And if you are skipping through this little piece just to see what oddities I’ve come up, please do pause to play this right through. It is not so much that it is a superb version (although I do think it is very good), it is just such a brilliant total reimagination of the possibilities of the song. Maybe others have reworked the song in such a radically different way – but this is done so elegantly. It is a song for the conclusion of a rather sad day… and the end is just exquisite if even more utterly sad than expected.
Taking rock songs and turning them into superb acoustic pieces are what the Mayries do… if you don’t know the duo, do go exploring.
It takes nerve and determination to take a song as well known as this and completely rework it, and to make it work takes a lot of talent too. Which is why so many people who have tried to rework the song have done so with something that is not much more than “let’s do it as Bob did” version.
I don’t always feel that a total re-working is something I want to hear over and over but quite often such re-workings do give me new insights. And certainly, new insights by the bucklet load is what I get from Caecilie Norby. If you are still with me, and have another three minutes to spare, do try this. I do hope you find it worthwhile.
Here’s a list of most of the articles from this series…
- The song with numbers in the title.
- Ain’t Talkin
- All I really want to do
- Apple Suckling and Are you Ready.
- As I went out one morning
- Ballad for a Friend
- Ballad in Plain D
- Ballad of a thin man
- Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
- The ballad of Hollis Brown
- Beyond here lies nothing
- Blind Willie McTell
- Black Crow Blues (more fun than you might recall)
- An unexpected cover of “Black Diamond Bay”
- Blowin in the wind as never before
- Bob Dylan’s Dream
- You will not believe this… 115th Dream revisited
- Boots of Spanish leather
- Born in Time
- Buckets of Rain
- Can you please crawl out your window
- Can’t wait
- Changing of the Guard
- Chimes of Freedom
- Country Pie
- Crash on the Levee
- Dark Eyes
- Dear Landlord
- Desolation Row as never ever before (twice)
- Don’t fall apart on me tonight.
- Don’t think twice
- Down along the cove
- Drifter’s Escape
- Duquesne Whistle
- Farewell Angelina
- Foot of Pride and Forever Young
- Fourth Time Around
- From a Buick 6
- Gates of Eden
- Gotta Serve Somebody
- Hard Rain’s a-gonna Fall.
- 42 Heart of Mine
- 43: High Water
- 44: Highway 61.5
- 45: Hurricane
- 46: I am a lonesome hobo
- 47: I believe in you
- 48: I contain multitudes
- 49: I don’t believe you.
- 50: I love you too much
- 51: I pity the poor immigrant.
- 52: I shall be released
- 53: I threw it all away
- 54: I want you
- 55: I was young when I left home
- 56: I’ll remember you
- 57: Idiot Wind and More idiot wind
- 58: If not for you, and a rant against prosody
- 59: A Dylan cover a Day: If you Gotta Go, please go and do something different
- 60: If you see her say hello
- 61: Dylan cover a day: I’ll be your baby tonight
- 62: I’m not there.
- 63: In the Summertime, Is your love and an amazing Isis
- 64: It ain’t me babe
- 65: It takes a lot to laugh
- 66: It’s all over now Baby Blue
- 67: It’s all right ma
- 68: Just Like a Woman
- 69: Knocking on Heaven’s Door
- 70: Lay down your weary tune
- 71: Lay Lady Lay
- Dylan Cover a Day 72: Lenny Bruce
- 73: That brand new leopard skin pill box hat
- 74: Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
- 75: Dylan Cover a Day: License to kill
- Like a Rolling Stone