Monday, October 21, 2013

Dylan Cover #109 Gary U.S. Bonds "From A Buick 6"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is by Gary U.S. Bonds doing a cover of "From A Buick 6"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we reviewed a cover of this tune:
The electric Dylan and one of the few songs where the Band Bob played with overshadows his early talents. Namely Al Kooper on organ and the great Mike Bloomfield on guitar as the two rip it open.  Bob is in a lighter mood and recalling old blues tunes like "Milk Cow Blues" but he also has a stream of consciousness appeal to the lyrics. Nowhere near one of his best, but one that lots of musicians like to cover because of it's kick ass blues rock feel.   

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Gary U.S. Bonds can cook it up with the best of them in the rock and roll kitchen. He has always been tied to the E-Street Band (Some of them play here as well) and that is how I was first exposed to him as well, but the man should be more known on his own. Tunes like "New Orleans" just rule...well I do love that just over 1 week I will be there...but I am getting off track.
Thoughts on Cover:
Unlike the last time we tackled a cover of this tune the chaos is tuned down. Bonds takes a methodical approach with a slower cadence, letting his players groove more then rock. There is a nice piano break and Bonds vocals are pretty good, but the energy does lack all around. Production is crisp but the power is sapped, frankly I was expecting a bit more.    
Grade: C-

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