Monday, August 26, 2013

Dylan Cover #101 13th Floor Elevators "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by the 13th Floor Elevators of the Dylan tune "It's All Over, Now Baby Blue"

August brings us up to and over 100 Dylan Covers talked about so far, so we are only picking great ones for this summer month, enjoy.

Thoughts on Original:
It is still stunning that there are songs as great as this in the Bard's catalog that we haven't even touched on in the first 100 we have talked about...wild. Baby Blue is magical all around, from the pure asshole way he sung it to Donovan to put him in his place in Don't Look Back to the heart breaking recent live versions on the never ending tour. The song has a lot of what makes Dylan who he is; mystery but a sense of understanding somehow. Dominated by the amazing lyrics the song is a hard one not to like.    

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
A few years back I downloaded the Nuggets collection of Garage rock tunes from the 60's.  I was stunned at the amazing amount of tunes included on their, I still go back and listen to it every few months. One of the brightest tracks to jump out from the pack was the 13th Floor Elevators "You're Gonna Miss Me". I was hooked and downloaded their fantastic debut disk, it is a hoot to hear the energy these guys play with.  I then caught the documentary You're Gonna Miss Me and saw Roky Erickson's story, which was mind blowing.  Then I got to catch him play live on an amazing bill down in NOLA which included The Morning Forty Federation and Thurston Moore. While he was third in my mind that night, the original playing his band did was top notch.  
Thoughts on Cover:
This is the style of cover we like, bending Dylan's tune in a unique way. The psychedelic guitar and warbles mixed with the poetry is a winning combo. This is a great way to kick off the next 100 covers. The one thing that makes me mad is that I don't own this 13th Floor Elevator's album and I am wondering what other gems are on it. I need to correct that ASAP.  
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