Monday, September 9, 2013

Dylan Cover #103 The Airborne Toxic Event "Boots Of Spanish Leather"

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 The Airborne Toxic Event of the Dylan tune "Boots Of Spanish Leather"
Thoughts On Original:
From the first time we did someone covering this tune, here are my thoughts:
One of the first Dylan songs that really bowled me over.  I know on the Times They Are a-Changin' there are a ton of epic songs but this was the track that stayed with me the longest.  It is ghostly in it's presentation and still just as dynamic now as when he wrote it back in 1963.  My favorite show I have seen Dylan play live was back in 1999 at the RPI Fieldhouse.  The whole night was great, my favorite backing band of his since The Band, a tiny venue and a setlist that was magical.  One of the major highlights was "Boots of Spanish Leather", I need to break out that bootleg this week and re-live that great night.

Thoughts On Cover Artist:
I don't know much about this band other then they have a name that sounds like they should be singing Deathmetal. They are more indie rock and have dabbled with orchestral arraignments and are based in LA. Seem like a fine bunch of upstanding citizens.
Thoughts On Cover:
The song starts off simple and gradually adds small changes, a backing vocal here, a swelling string section there. A very soothing and structured cover that never detracts from the amazing lyrics as vocally the cover is great, really can't nitpick much about this one as it rings true upon each listen.
Grade: A-

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