Monday, September 14, 2015

Dylan Cover #200 Johnny Cash & June Carter "It Ain't Me, Babe"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Johnny Cash & June Carter of the Dylan tune "It' Ain't Me, Babe"

Thoughts on Original:
One of the best Dylan songs because it is universal, to the point, lyrical, smirking, self-centered and a perfect statement. Dylan has written lots of songs that can be covered well (as evident by this series) but "It Ain't Me, Babe" fits perhaps better then almost any other one into a huge variety of styles. That is because we have all been in the singers position one time or another...and it is a damn good song.   

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Johnny Cash has one of the best voices to ever come out of anywhere in this great country in regards to popular music. The Man In Black is a pillar in American music and his duet here with the love of his life June Carter is one of his best vocal performance and one of her shining moments as well.
Thoughts on Cover:
The transforming of this song into a duet is brilliant and now with the years past allowing us to peel back and see inside the Carter and Cash relationship it is even more poignant. The addition of trumpets, while a bit cheesy certainly twists up the music enough to keep the short song from being repetitive and adds another unique stamp onto their cover version.

Well we hit 200 and like with 100 we hit focus on an all time legend (who will be 300? Stay Tuned). Just wanted to take a minute here to send out a hearty thanks for reading this Monday series and the site in general.   

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