Monday, September 25, 2017

Dylan Cover #294: The Lucky Losers "What Was It You Wanted?" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by The Lucky Losers of the Dylan tune "What Was It You Wanted?"

Thoughts On Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Oh Mercy brought Dylan back in from the creative wasteland that was his 1980's. It had an eerie sense of foreboding, helped by producer Daniel Lanois and the ghosts of New Orleans. The irritable old man in Dylan came out a bit here as well, and "What Was It You Wanted" is a good example of that, a confused searching that colors the lyrics as the protagonist just can't seem to get it right.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
The Lucky Losers from their website:
Accompanied by a dynamic six piece ensemble, veteran Bay Area artists, Cathy Lemons and Phil Berkowitz deliver a truly signature sound, layering elements of Stax/Volt styled R&B, electric Americana, and psychedelic rock atop a Chicago and Texas blues foundation. The Lucky Losers perform powerful original music about transcending the dark side of the American dream, the beauty and pain of being alive, and devotion in all it’s complexities.
Thoughts on Cover:
A very upbeat cover that really doesn't really match with the original at all and is really odd upon first listen. There are very nice guitar and harmonica solos that are nice work outs, but this isn't one of our favorites in our Monday series. 

1 comment:

  1. You can't judge this live version. The poor girl was singing through a distorted tin can for a PA. They were hampered from every corner. Listen to their recorded song. That has the message of Dylan in it.