Monday, July 22, 2013

Dylan Cover #96 Coulson Dean McGuiness Flint "Open The Door, Homer"

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: "Open the Door, Homer"
Thoughts on Original:
A tune that is forever linked with The Band, Woodstock and the return (for good or bad) of folk rock which thrived in the 70's. It is impossible for me to separate any of these tunes between Bob Dylan joints and Band numbers. Dylan owns the copyright to this one, so I guessing it is all him, but I have a hard time separating anything as it seems everyone was working towards crafting amazing music during this fruitful period. By the way, if you don't own it, go buy this now. As for this tune in particular, it is a great track, but one that never jumped out above the rest on The Basement Tapes, like say "This Wheels On Fire", but "Open the Door, Homer" is one of many that sets the overall tone of those sessions wonderfully.  

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:
The coolest thing about this track is that while the foursome had obviously heard this tune at some point, The Basement Tapes were still underground meaning the majority of listeners had no idea the arraignment of the track (like a few on this release) The group gives it a bit of an uptempo run through of the lyrics but what really grabs the ear is the outro where the band breaks out and gets loose. This jamming seems like it could go on a lot longer and I wish it did, boosting this version of the song up a bit.
Grade: A-

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