Monday, December 30, 2013

Dylan Cover: #119 Brad Thompson & Tim Day "Saved"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Brad Thompson playing "Saved"
Thoughts On The Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The cover track off of Bob's second album in his born again phase, finds the bard getting funky in a spiritual gospel way.  The production of this track is fantastic showing Dylan a master studio artist when he wants to be.  In honesty the rest of the album doesn't really hold up to this title track (except "Solid Rock" which is kick-ass), but you can feel Bob's energy when this cut comes on.  

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I have never heard of Brad Thompson or Tim Day who plays Djembe on this live cut from The Wading Pool in 2004.
Thoughts on Cover:
Most of the time acoustic covers of Bob Dylan tunes fall in line with the original but this is one of the rare times an acoustic take is a different beast then Bob's OG cut. "Saved" falls in his gospel period with over production and tons of pomp, in a surprisingly good way. Hearing a stripped down version of the tune is pretty cool, Thompson and Day do a soild job playing it and the new direction adds a layer to the song that might not be heard in the original, nice work fellas. 
Grade B-

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