Monday, June 12, 2017

Dylan Cover #279 Caetano Veloso "Jokerman" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is live a cover by Caetano Veloso playing "Jokerman"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The kick-start to his "back to rock and roll" album Infidels, "Jokerman" is a monster. A torrent of images, symbols, thoughts, proclamations, fears and fables; it feels like a dam was broken in Dylan's brain and all of these things just poured out. Musically it moves along but doesn't add much to the towering wordplay as the tune is dominated by the lyrics which seem almost never ending; Dylan has penned wordier tunes, but few feel as heavy as this. Flawed, but reaching for something, it is a not a great Dylan song but it is one that lets us peak into his brain a bit. For more on this tune, check out this post.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Have never heard of of Mr. Veloso, however a quick search finds that he is quite the interesting fellow. His Wikipedia page is a fascinating read, highly recommend checking him out.
Thoughts on Cover:
Lots going on here, and we love when artists make Dylan songs their own and Veloso and company certainly do here. From the elongated vocal flutters to the literal saw/bird flutter and barrage of strings cause this song to be examined all over again. 

A really great, creative, expressive live cover of a tough/tricky song. It seems we are constantly reminded why this Monday series is amazing, because of finds like this. 

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