Monday, March 17, 2014

Dylan Cover #130 The Hollies "When My Ship Comes In" Live

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 The Hollies playing "When My Ship Comes In"

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:
One of our favorite songs from the early days of Dylan. The purest Irish Folk we felt he ever got, Joan Baez was a fan of this one and told a cool story during No Direction Home, about him being pissed at a hotel attendant and then having this song just spiral out of him. Images of the sea, the salt, the song, raiding a pirate song at heart. When we are looking for pure folk Dylan this one usually finds it's way to our ears.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
The Hollies went through different members but they were known for sugary light pop and exceptional singing. Tracks like "Bus Stop" and "Carrie Ann" are quintessential 60's pop. Having not listened to any of their hits before this series it is fun to find so many good tracks.
Thoughts on Cover:
We chose "When My Ship Comes In" for posting on St. Patty's Day because to us it is the closest Dylan came to writing an old Irish Folk song. Sure he wrote a lot of timeless folk songs, but the Gaelic feel is here on this one and the Hollies keep it pretty simple, straight harmonies acoustic and focused on the tune during this live version. While not blowing us away it is a fair rendition of the tune. Happy Paddys!

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