Monday, August 31, 2015

Dylan Cover #199 Solomon Burke "Maggie's Farm"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Solomon Burke and it is his take on "Maggie's Farm"
Thoughts on Dylan's Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
"Maggie's Farm" is classic Dylan, everyone thinks they know what it's about and they are sure they are right, but they all think different things. I will confess I like the sped up Electric version from Newport Folk Festival that caused the end of popular folk music (in theory) and really solidified Dylan's pop music career. It is a great tune and really flows in lots of forms making it perfect to cover. 

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Solomon Burke is the man. From the killer "Cry To Me" to the stone cold classic "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" Burke was large in all senses. The Bishop of Soul was a legend and probably doesn't get the respect that he deserves in the larger scheme of music appreciation but that's OK. Rolling Stone did rate him on their best singers that's something. 
Thoughts on Cover:
A quick and to the point cover that grooves along effortlessly and showcasing Burke's voice which stays restrained. The pushing bass and scratching guitar are both sweet amping up the overall effort, even if in the end it just fine and a touch forgettable.  

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