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    Favorite covers of a Bob Dylan song

    As a singer, the problem with Bob Dylan is that he sounds too much like....well, Bob Dylan! On some of his songs (like 'Jokerman'), he sounds like he's trying to channel John Byner's parody of him! But his talents as a songwriter cannot be denied. What are your favorite covers of his works? Here's mine:

    The Mighty Quinn by Manfred Mann: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STV9u3b-g7k. Originally titled "Quinn The Eskimo", this became a hit for the group.

    All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2bYJQFQMs8. When Jimi first heard this, he said rather excitedly "I gotta record this, I gotta record this!". Result received accolades from Dylan himself.

    I Shall Be Released by Sting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3MDO3xS584

    If Not For You by George Harrison:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxO0t9ClfrI. From Harrison's All Things Must Pass album, which also featured a song the two co-wrote, "I'd Have You Anytime"

    This Wheel's On Fire by Julie Driscoll & The Trinity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7sQvBkcJdY Released in 1968, this song got a new life when it became the theme song for the BritCom "Absolutely Fabulous"

    Like A Rolling Stone by, of course, The Rolling Stones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT9Qy4gy4Ro. Inevitable that Mick & Keef would cover this.

    Knockin' On Heaven's Door by Dolly Parton & Ladysmith Black Mambazo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNMI4wMv3lM Dolly Parton covering a Dylan song one would expect. Her turning it into a reggae number with this as a backing band at first sounds so out of left field, but for me, this was enjoyable.
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    Of course there's "Mr Tambourine Man" by the Byrds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06rGW0AQGiY , which may be his best selling cover song ever.

    But I rather prefer the less polished original: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE_hDWMftgc


    And then Peter Paul and Mary's "Blowing in the Wind" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t4g_1VoGw4
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    Quote Originally Posted by cygnus View Post
    Of course there's "Mr Tambourine Man" by the Byrds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06rGW0AQGiY , which may be his best selling cover song ever.
    This. Often hard to remember it's not the original.

    But my favourite is probably Indigo Girls, "Tangled Up in Blue".

    (The KT Tunstall version is pretty awesome too.)

    And Joan Baez, "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" is just beautiful.

    (hmm, sensing a theme here?)
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    Wikipedia list of Bob Dylan songs covered by other artists

    This is from Bette Midler's concert film "Divine Madness". It's a medly of the Rolling Stone's "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" (and it KICKS ASS): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZR4rRbkTKs
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    http://youtu.be/9_hQit-3Vh0 Bruce Springsteen "Chimes of Freedom" Live in East Berlin (before the wall came down)

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    Bryan Ferry's A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall, if only because it makes Dylan fans cry in horror. On the YouTube comments for the video, there is a comment something along the lines of "what did Dylan ever do to Ferry to piss him off enough to ruin his song"

    Tim Curry's Simple Twist of Fate (not on the Wikipedia list, hmm) is excellent. He actually gets the story and the dynamics out of the lyrics, instead of just mumbling and howling it.
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    Interesting that my favourite Dylan song, Hurricane, has rarely been covered.

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    I'm sure nobody is going to say this is their favourite!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo522Wb40bU

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    Rod Stewart's Only a Hobo, Tomorrow is a Long Time, Mama You've Been On My Mind, and Girl From the North Country

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    Love Is Just a Four Letter Word by Joan Baez.

    I like ON-J's If Not for You also.
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    Last edited by Reuven; 02-16-2013 at 10:33 PM.
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    I actually really like Ministry's version of "Lay Lady Lay". That combination shouldn't work, but it does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cachoo View Post
    http://youtu.be/9_hQit-3Vh0 Bruce Springsteen "Chimes of Freedom" Live in East Berlin (before the wall came down)
    The Byrds did a good cover, too.
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    My Chemical Romance does a cover of Desolation Row

    And I like Guns and Roses version of Knockin' on Heaven's Door

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    Quote Originally Posted by cygnus View Post
    I'm sure nobody is going to say this is their favourite!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo522Wb40bU


    LOL! it's the most memorable thing in the thread, go on mr french w your bad self!
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    And I like Guns and Roses version of Knockin' on Heaven's Door
    It's a great cover. As a matter of fact, I'm going to listen to it now.

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    Sorry, at work so can't do YouTube, but here are some of my favorites:

    "I Shall Be Released" - Nina Simone

    "Sweetheart Like You" - Judy Collins

    "Quit Your Lowdown Ways" - Pater, Paul & Mary

    "Tomorrow is a Long Time" - The Kingston Trio

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    Thanks. I really like those, especially the Peter, Paul, and Mary performance.

    Not covers, not Dylan, but here are a few I listen to constantly:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhedKAhHqK8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBB2OS4IoTs

    And just to dispell the rumor that punk rock was created in England in the '70's:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLka7gxpivw

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