Monday, April 7, 2014

Dylan Cover #133 Eric Clapton "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" 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 Eric Clapton playing "Knockin' On Heavens Door"

This month our Dylan Cover Series will focus on artists playing The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Eric Clapton will play the festival on Sunday April 27th

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we addressed a cover of this tune:
The song that seems to have been covered by everyone/anyone, but when originally recorded it it was on one of Dylan's oddest releases yet. A straight ahead mournful number that just seems to work, it has invaded culture (possibly because of all the covers) and I would wager is one of Dylan's most widely known tunes...  
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Clapton is one of the guitar greats in rock and roll history. That said we have never been huge fans of his playing style, as it is clean and direct, technically perfect and sound. We have always veered a bit rawer when it comes to our guitar gods. Tough to argue he isn't one of the all time greats, just personal taste. If we were down the first weekend we would love to see him play a few tunes.   
Thoughts on Cover:
An easy reggae stroll through a classic that was in its infancy. The back up singers work and it obviously fits with Clapton's Marley cover of "I Shot The Sheriff". A breezy jaunt to start the week off in a mellow mood. 

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