Monday, July 15, 2013

Dylan Cover #95 Coulson Dean McGuiness Flint "Lay Down Your Weary Tune"

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: "Lay Down Your Weary Tune""
Thoughts on Original:
A basic song that a very young Dylan wrote in trying to recreate his own version of a Scottish Folk Song (never been sure which).  He wrote this at a time when he was neck deep in the folk movement and this may be his first signs of retreat from that. It is hymn like and spiritual, but not in any man made sense.  The music is his muse, the words the way he best expresses it. A tune that will live on forever, even if it isn't one of his more widely recognized works.  

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:
So we are three weeks into this project and I am really impressed with how these guys are covering Dylan. Not everything works, but they are trying and trying. This tune does work for me as it grows, swells, even becomes a touch Pete Seeger Democratic-sing-a-long like at the end which moves it from holy to the people.  A great collection of sound and song.
Grade: A

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