In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Henry Lim and The Camarade Quartet doing "Red River Shore"
Thoughts on Dylan Original:
Recorded for Time Out of Mind, only Dylan himself knows why it didn't make the final cut for the album. It was officially released on Tell Tale Signs and is a disk highlight. Lazy and wandering it has a good feel to it. The legendary Jim Dickinson said when it was recorded that it was "the best song there was from the session." Coming from a man like him and an album like that, it speaks volumes.
Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I had not heard of Henry Lim before stumbling upon this excellent cover, but after doing a quick search and finding his homepage I may have to start paying a bit of attention to him. A music library staff member who is playing a full string version Bossanova from The Pixies live this April?! Yup, that is someone I could get down with, to bad I can't make the show out in LA, but I will definitely be checking youtube for clips.
Thoughts on Cover:
Well thought out and constructed this version is a joy. Nothing mind blowing in the arrangements, all though the plucking cello is a really nice touch that pops up. The singing of Lim is rich and string vibrations are true. An excellent way to hear this tune.
Tell Tale Signs was a real treat, covering material that spans the length of the last great period in Dylan's career (until the next one). "Red River Shore" was absolutely one of the highlights. I had never heard this version before, but I really enjoyed it. Maybe as much as the original, which is saying a lot. Henry Lim has captured the spirit of the song and I loved the string arrangement. Wish I had been in that room, seems like a cozy little spot.