Monday, January 13, 2014

Dylan Cover #121 Ramblin' Jack Elliott "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from the Ramblin' Jack Elliot and is a live cover of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"

Thought's on Original:
From the first time we reviewed a cover of this tune:
Yet another one of the mega-Dylan tunes that we haven't covered someone else covering on this site (got that covered?).  Hard to believe because this song is so iconic and flat out awesome.  Biting and yet not bitter, a toss off of the grandest proportions, "Don' Think Twice" is epic and yet so straight forwardly simple.  It easily ranks as one of the bard's best works, truly a classic.  

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Maybe the only artist we have highlighted in this series that was a distinct influence on Dylan himself. Ramblin' Jack Elliott even refereed to Dylan as his son in concerts when he would cover Bob's songs. Much in the vein of one of our heroes Pete Seeger, Jack wasn't "country" but he loved folk so much he did more to spread it then a lot of "authentic" singers. His style is clear crisp and honest.  
Thoughts on Cover:
A nice easy cover, that Ramblin' Jack makes his own with distinct playing and flow. The playing in particular caught our ear as Jack puts in some runs that aren't in the Dylan original but work very well here. The added bonus of how and when he learned this song during the intro is a really great touch. 

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