Monday, July 13, 2015

Dylan Cover #194 Tom Jones "What Good Am I?" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Tom Jones and is a live cover of "What Good Am I?" 
Thought's on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Coming on the heels of Dylan's most powerful song in decades "What Good Am I?" can get lost on Oh Mercy, but the track is a sorrowful sweet plea. Slow and deliberate, questioning like the Louisiana night that may have inspired it. Dylan's vocal performance may not be his best but at the heart of it this is a really powerful song.  Not one of his better known tracks, but a goodie all the same. Simple and slow, direct without hidden agenda's (I think) all of which is a bit unique for Bob.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I have never been a Tom Jones fan and really haven't listened to him, well, ever.   
Thoughts on Cover:
Not going to lie, this kinda blew me away. Nothing much here besides the lyrics and his voice and wow...I may need to go revisit Tom Jones catalog as this is some excellent singing. Not showy or flashy, just heartfelt and even soulful from a live show in 2013. One of the more surprising covers we have encountered in this series. 

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