Monday, March 3, 2014

Dylan Cover #128 The Hollies "Blowin In the Wind"

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 Hollies playing "Blowin' In the Wind"

This month we are doing another special focus on Dylan covers, we have focused on The Byrds and the lesser known Coulson-Dean-McGuiness-Flint. Now the spotlight shines on The Hollies and their Hollies Sing Dylan album.

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The classic Dylan song, if you asked 100 people to name you the first Bob Dylan song they thought of, or his best known song, I am guessing 95-99 of them would answer "Blowin' In The Wind".  It is an epic, vital song in the history of recorded music. The lyrics tell a stirring tale, the melody is enchanting, it is pretty spot on perfect, and when it originally came out if announced to the world the greatness that was Bob Dylan. 

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We come into this series knowing little about The Hollies, when I hear Holly I think Buddy. The one thing I do know off the bat is that they wrote "Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress" and that was the first song Phish ever played live. There's some trivia for you....Other then that I am not sure how much I know or how many songs I have heard from the group. Guess I will dip into that over the month.
Thoughts on Cover:
What the hell is with the creepy couple semi getting it on in this video?!? Man the 60's were weird. That aside I guess (if I can put it aside) The Hollies get the couple off the screen and turn up the schmaltz with the horns an ooh and ahh's. The extended blooo-oh-oh-ing in the wind pushes it over the top for me to pure cheese ball. It is hard to get behind this one especially when the offending parts to these ears goes on for much too long, lets not talk about the return the freaky couple. 

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