Monday, March 14, 2011

Dylan Cover #6 Jim James and Calexico "Goin' to Acapulco"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Jim James and Calexico and it is a live cover of "Goin' to Acapulco" from the I'm Not There concert at The Beacon Theater. 

Thoughts on Dylan's Original: From Dylan's best release (even if it is tough to consider it a proper album) "The Basement Tapes" which contains so many gems it is tough for one to stand out.  "Goin' to Acapulco" is a great tune and the slow version and presentation makes it great for reinterpretation.  It should also be noted that the tune did in fact help get me to Acapulco itself...just peep that banner picture up there for proof, all though we never did hit Rose's... 


Thoughts on Cover ArtistJim James has one of the better voices in Rock and Roll today, and I do admire how he tries to twist it and change it from album to album.  While lately I haven't been the biggest fan of My Morning Jacket, I have liked what he has done as a solo artist, this live stint being no exception.  I was completely unfamiliar with Calexico before this performance, so a fresh slate with them, but I like what I hear. 

Thoughts on Cover:  Wow.  knocked out of the park, complete home run.  I was at this fantastic concert (one of my favorites in recent years) and while people contend that I'm Not There was a let down, this night of performances was anything but, I would anticipate a few more of the performances from that night in the future of this series.  Some really excellent music moments were presented and this one is near the top of the list.  A fantastic recording accompanies this from a fan who just happened to capture this moment brilliantly.  While I was in the balcony for this one and could hear the horns a bit clearer, this video does a great job of placing the listener in the first row at the Beacon on this night.  James' voice is epic hitting high notes and imposing a dramatic sense of purpose that honestly wasn't present in the original.  Want a great cover performance of an all ready great tune, here you go.         

Grade - A+

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