Monday, June 17, 2013

Dylan Cover #91 Died Pretty "From A Buick 6"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is by Died Pretty doing a cover of "From A Buick 6"

Thoughts on Original:
The electric Dylan and one of the few songs where the Band Bob played with overshadows his early talents. Namely Al Kooper on organ and the great Mike Bloomfield on guitar as the two rip it open.  Bob is in a lighter mood and recalling old blues tunes like "Milk Cow Blues" but he also has a stream of consciousness appeal to the lyrics. Nowhere near one of his best, but one that lots of musicians like to cover because of it's kick ass blues rock feel.   

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I have never heard of Died Pretty, but I love their name. They are a "alternative" band from Australia who were big in 80's/90's down under. From their Wikipedia page they seem like a group I could really get into, will need to check them out more.
Thoughts on Cover:
The raucous feeling and heavy bass instantly are enjoyable to these ears. The group seems to be goofing around with the heavy speedy playing, slicing guitar notes and then things are really cooking. The one down spot is the vocal recording. The volume is just too low, it is almost as if the full band were playing in front of the lead singer as he is tough to make on the recording.  Even with that detriment I can't hate on this track too much as the music is a pure joy.  
Grade: B+

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