Monday, September 26, 2011

Dylan Cover #26 Noel Harrison - "One Too Many Mornings"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Noel Harrison of "One Too Many Mornings"  

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
A blissful tune that seems simple upon first listen but contains layers and layers of meaning and wonder as you dig into it...or another way to say it...a classic Dylan song.  Relationships, Isolation, Restlessness, Depression, they are all addressed in the short tune, each approached in an artistic way.  It is a hazy dream like number that can instantly be recognized and discovered, because we have all been there.  Really an amazing tune ... 
Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I am going to go out on a limb and say that Noel Harrison is the only Olympic Athlete who recorded Dylan and then played him pseudo live with groovy dancing chicks behind him on British TV.  Had this guy fought a lion he may have been the inspiration for the "Worlds Most Interesting Man".  Olympics, Academy Awards, Albums, TV Show's, Screaming teeny-boppers, son of Sir Rex Harrison....This guy lead a pretty cool life, perhaps the best part?  He is still at it:
Thoughts on Cover:
Honestly I was more intrigued by the artist here then the actual cover, but it does have it's moments. I do like the organ fills around the 40 second mark, they add nicely to the heavy plunking down electric guitar, and the swaying sweater girls...I almost called this a live cover, but we all know by now those shows were pre-taped and lip-synched.  They look great, and Harrison was known to cover Dylan often, but I couldn't find "One Too Many Mornings" officially released, so who knows this could be a B-side rescued from somewhere.  The ending organ swell and acoustic layering is very nice though, nothing to turn your nose up at.

Grade: C+  A bit better then your average cover...     

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