Monday, April 11, 2016

Dylan Cover #229 Irma Thomas "Forever Young" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artist, Irma Thomas doing a live cover of "Forever Young" 

This month we have a special focus on Artists who will be playing this years Jazzfest in New OrleansIrma Thomas plays on 4/29 on the Acura Stage

Thoughts on Original:
"Forever Young" is a classic. A track that Dylan released two different versions of on Planet Waves, and a song tons of artists use to close out sets or play encores. Without doing research it has to be one of the top 5 most covered songs of his, and yet it was never one of RtBE's favorites. It is a great song, Bob has always treated it a bit sterile though and this is a flaw in Dylan; artists would give their whole careers to write a song like this and he treats it like an out take, Last Waltz not withstanding.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Irma Thomas is a fantastic singer a gospel legend and someone we always try to catch at Jazzfest. That will be the same case this year as we are planning on attending the 29th. 
Thoughts on Cover:
A really perfect song for Irma to cover and this version is amped up even higher because of the joy the backing band has in playing it. That rev up at the finale is exuberant; a  joyous ode and a great cover.

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