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The Bob Dylan Problem

May 28, 2016 | 5 comments


 

I have a problem. Specifically, I have a problem with Bob Dylan. I love his music. He is responsible for what I’d consider some of the best songs ever written, but I’m not the biggest fan of his voice.

Earlier this week, Bob Dylan turned 75 years old. In honour of that, I’ve been playing my Bob Dylan playlist (the cover version edition, obviously) on repeat.

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1. Make You Feel My Love
Track #9 on the album Time Out of Mind, released in September 1997. Some critics argued that the lyrics didn’t measure up to Dylan’s normal standard, but I think the simplicity of this song makes it a powerful love song. Adele’s voice makes it even more powerful. (Bryan Ferry’s cover is also pretty great.)

2. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Written for the 1973 film Pat Gattett and Billy the Kid soundtrack (released as a single in July 1973), this is probably one of Dylan’s most famous songs and it has been covered by numerous artists. The version I first heard, and fell in love with, is the one by Eric Clapton but Randy Crawford’s version is probably my favourite.

3. Blowin in the Wind
Track #1 on the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, released in May 1963. It has probably been covered by hundreds of artists by now, but two of my favourites are Sam Cooke’s slightly up-tempo version, and the slow down version by Stevie Wonder.

4. The Times They Are A-Changin’
The title track of the album The Times They are A-Changin’, released in January 1964. There are so many great versions of this song – Bryan Ferry, Phil Collins, Simon & Garfunkel, Tracy Chapman, and Nina Simone to mention a few.

5. Positively 4th Street
Single released in September 1965. It has always fascinated me that the song title doesn’t appear in the lyrics. It is probably no surprise that I love Bryan Ferry’s cover.

6. Shelter From the Storm
Track #9 on the album Blood on the Tracks, released in January 1975. My favourite cover is by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.

7. Just Like a Woman
From the album Blonde on Blonde, released in May 1966. Two of my favourite covers are by Nina Simone (that voice!) and Stevie Nicks.

8. Mr Tambourine Man
Track #8 on the album Bringing it All Back Home, released in March 1965. For me, this is probably the first song that comes to my mind when someone says Bob Dylan. Jack’s Mannequin’s cover is great.

9. Simple Twist of Fate
Track #2 on the album Blood on the Tracks, released in January 1975. It’s probably no surprise that one of my favorite cover versions is by Bryan Ferry, but Diana Krall’s slowed down version is also really good.

10. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Track #5 on the album Blood on the Tracks, released in January 1975. The jazz version by Jody Jean & Aylon is beautiful, and Miley Cyrus cover with Johnzo West is also really good.

11. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Track #6 on the album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, released in May 1963. My favourite cover is definitely by Jason Mraz.

12. Like A Rolling Stone
Track #1 on the album Highway 61 Revisited, released in August 1965. My favourite covers are by John Mellencamp and Judy Collins.

 
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