Monday, July 17, 2017

Dylan Cover #284 Shadowland "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by the Shadowland of the Dylan tune "It's All Over, Now Baby Blue"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Baby Blue is magical all around, from the pure asshole way he sung it to Donovan to put him in his place in Don't Look Back, to the heart breaking recent live versions on the never ending tour. The song has a lot of what makes Dylan who he is; mystery but a sense of understanding somehow. Dominated by the amazing lyrics the song is a hard one not to like.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Having never heard of Shadowland before, it turns out that they are a British progressive rock band from the 1990's. It is interesting, there is a live version of them playing the song, and the minute I saw them doing a 60's cover I thought of the Lemondheads.
Thoughts on Cover:
What starts out as seemingly a Dylan impersonation with a simple acoustic guitar amps up into a full band effort (while still mostly acoustic) and vocal acrobats from front man Clive Nolan. The full band playing including electric solo and big drums elevates this a bit, but the vocals feel a bit forced, as if they wanted to make the song much bigger than they did. An odd choice between making it their own and keeping it in the original vein. 

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