Monday, September 22, 2014

Dylan Cover #156 Robyn Hitchcock & John Paul Jones "Tangled Up In Blue"

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 Robyn Hitchcock & John Paul Jones playing "Tangled Up In Blue" 
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song in this series:
Have we really gotten to #58 on the Dylan cover list and not touched one cover of "Tangled Up In Blue"?  Wow.  The song that never ends, the tune that might just best sum up Dylan and we waited this long.  Well it just goes to show you how many great tunes he has.  Dylan constantly toyed with this song (check out the Rolling Thunder and Real Live version's if you haven't yet) and even he knows it can't stay stagnant in one form for long, so covering it is a good bet.  Needless to say it is in the top 5 greatest songs he ever wrote if we were ranking them...hmm.   

Thoughts on Cover Artist
I don't know much about Robyn Hitchcock or The Soft Boys and my feelings on John Paul Jones are kind of meah. I mentioned feelings for his past famous band here in depth. However he is obviously not playing bass...       
Thoughts on Cover
A really cool cover. Confidently sung with power and dedication, in the moment but nuanced. JPJ does a knock out job on mandolin and Hitchcock delivers vocally and on the harmonica. A great way to kick off the week and must have been very cool to catch live in 2012.

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