Monday, April 29, 2013

Dylan Cover #85 Los Lobos "On A Night Like This"

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 Artists who will be playing this years Jazzfest in New Orleans.  Today's artist: Los Lobos covering "On A Night Like These"  
(Los Lobos play on 5/4 closing out the Blues Tent

Thoughts on Original:
From our first take on this tune: There are songs that put you in certain places, certain times, recall certain memories. That is what can be so enchanting about tunes, for some reason every time "On A Night Like This" kicks off the criminally underrated Planet Waves, I think of a winter time scene.  Either outdoors or by the raging fire, whatever, this album just screams northern winters too me.  The album was recorded in November but who knows when the songs were from, all I know is that they are great, and this is one of the best on the disk.  

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Los Lobos are one of the great all time acts that I have never fully immersed myself in and it is a shame since every time I hear them I dig on their sound. For anyone reading this who are fans of this band gimme a hand, let me know in the comments where the best place to start with them is and I will dive in when I can.  
Thoughts on Cover:
We saved the best for last this month.  This cover has it all, the band makes Dylan's tune their own by translating some verses into Spanish and injecting a cool sax lead rave up outro that is wonderful.  Like our last cover version of this track an accordion plays a prominent role in the sound but this time it is in the background. The East LA boys kill it here, and probably will this Saturday in the Blues Tent.  
Grade: A+

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