Monday, July 1, 2013

Dylan Cover #93 Coulson-Dean-McGuiness-Flint "Eternal Circle"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. For the month of July we are focusing on a full album of cover's done by the British band Coulson-Dean-McGuiness-Flint, today the group tackles: "Eternal Circle"

Thoughts on Original:
An underground (if you will) Dylan tune until it officially got released on the amazing Bootlegs Vol 1-3. A waltzing lyrical tale that seemed ancient when first head, yet timeless. The structure and stanza's feel world's away from later day Dylan and perfect for a young bard working with poems and word play. Hell of a tune. 

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I had never heard of this collection of British Rockers until I started this series and found out the 4 piece crafted a full album of Dylan covers back in 1972. The coolest thing about this must have been that Dylan had not released any of these tracks yet officially. Bootlegs were skirting around but to get these fully flushed out covers is pretty damn cool. What makes it special today is that these songs are still under represented in the world of Bobby D, making these takes still sound fresh. It is going to be a fun July with these Englishmen and Lo and Behold.  
Thoughts on Cover:
Crisp guitar, deep bass and light tambourine signal the start of this tune before the confident words and chiming bells join to complete the sonic sound. The group waltzes its way through the track and capture a lighthearted feel without becoming minstrelsy, not an easy task. The drums and floating guitar drift in and out. Shades of The Byrds are there, but it is unique enough to come back to often. A great opening track, lets hope the rest are as good.
Grade: A 

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