Monday, March 11, 2013

Dylan Cover #78 Mary Lee's Corvette- "Lily, Rosemary, and The Jack of Hearts"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. This month we have a special focus on Mary Lee's Corvette LIVE full album cover of Blood On The Tracks, today's tune is "Lily, Rosemary & The Jack of Hearts".
Thoughts on Original
A Mr Toad's Wild Ride of a tune, that organ and whirls itself around with delight.  A script that Dylan decided to put to fact I am shocked their hasn't been a movie made based on this song.  Turns out there have been two screenplays written but nothing has come to fruition. He only played this song live once according to his official website, but this is news to me as I thought it had never been I have to track that down....Well after some more research there is a lot of discrepancy as to whether this was ever played live, I am voting no, but who knows. 
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Thoughts on Cover Artist
When Danny brought this to my attention I had never heard of Mary Lee's Corvette, but was very intrigued with the offering.  While it is almost impossible for me to play favorites with Dylan, at knife-point I would have to say Blood On The Tracks is my favorite disk of his. To me it has it all and to hear a live rendition was very exciting. 
Thoughts on Cover
So I have to admit when I heard of this album, the first thing I was interested in was their cover of this tune as it is one that Dylan has never (well maybe 1 time) played live. Sprawling and deep, I do not envy anyone who tries to tackle it live in a noisy NYC LES Club. Mary Lee Kortes makes mention of this and invites someone to come help out with the lyrics, and what seemed probably like a fun harmless idea that night does not hold up well now listening to a recording years removed.  The joke'ster does an annoying Dylan clownish impression that is tough to get through, it is a classic over reaction to Dylan's nasal tone.  Tough it out though. The group does a admirable job with a whale of a song after that.
Grade: C-      

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