Monday, December 22, 2014

Dylan Cover #169 Liam O Maonlai & Glen Hansard "Pressing On" 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 Liam O Maonlai & Glen Hansard playing "Pressing On" 
In the beginning of this year we mentioned of a new collection of Dylan covers that we were very excited about. It has taken us some time but for the month of December we will focus on 5 songs from Bob Dylan In the 80's Vol 1. Put on your Members Only jacket and enjoy.   
Thoughts on Original:
From smack dab in the middle of Dylan's Jesus Phase and just barely sliding into an 80's Dylan collection "Pressing On" is a central musical number on the 1980 Saved album which saw Dylan move away from the fire and brimstone of Slow Train Coming to the more polished easy and slick Gospel sound. The tune itself is fairly straight ahead but has some fine faith lyrics and of chorus a big Sunday Service ready chorus. One of the most direct songs from Dylan's most direct phase. 

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I have liked Glen Hansard from afar, but have never really dug into him too much, I know good friends who really enjoy him. As for Liam O Maonlai, who is the real star in this live cover, I have never heard of him but that is about to change; that was some soul singing right there.
Thoughts on Cover:
So we cheated a bit this week going with a live take of this song which Glen Hansard covered for the charity disk, but how can you deny this version?!? Amazing these Irish lads get into the holy spirit and during Christmas week we couldn't find a better cover. Enjoy the holidays with friends and family whatever you believe...Press on.

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