Monday, December 29, 2014

Dylan Cover #170 Yellowbirds "Series of Dreams"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Yellowbirds playing "Series Of Dreams" 
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:
An ambitious track that really should have kicked off Oh Mercy. In fact reading the Wikipedia entry on this song gives you a bit of insight into Dylan's notoriously flippant studio style; had this started Oh Mercy it would have been kept in even higher regard then it already is. The first time we came across it was on The Bootleg Series 1-3, along with "Blind Willie McTell" and "She's Your Lover Now" we were simply stunned such amazing songs were just left in the outtake pile. "Series of Dreams" closes that amazing collection and makes you want to re-listen to the whole damn thing.      

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We have never seen the Yellowbirds or heard them, but we are familiar with Sam Cohen's first band Apollo Sunshine having caught them live in the past.
Thoughts on Cover:
It is a straight ahead pleasant cover of an amazing song. the build up of instrumentation is easy going and fluid. While it doesn't depart much from the original recording it is still a fine cover to end this month's look at 80's Dylan. Grab the album here and support a good cause.  

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