Monday, December 18, 2017

Dylan Cover #306 Larry Norman "Everything Is Broken"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Larry Norman doing a cover of "Everything Is Broken" 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
If Bob wasn't the Bard "Everything Is Broken" would just be another tossed off song. However, is anything with Dylan just simply tossed off? Well this song certainly feels tossed off to me...sorry. Oh Mercy is a hell of an album, one of Dylan's classics, and this song is fine, it just can't even stand close to any of his all-time gems, not remotely close. One of the reasons I started this cover series was to show how amazing The Bard's songs are in just about anyone's hands, but if the original of this tune was written by Joe Schmo would people think it was great, or is it just the Dylan name that gives it clout?  


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We had not heard of Larry Norman, but Wikipedia tells us that he is considered one of the founders of Christian Rock music. He had an amazingly productive career and is even called the Bob Dylan of Christian rock...that is something! Now we are ashamed we never heard him before...
Thoughts on Cover:
A fine straight ahead cover of a song we knew had to end our Mondays Dylan Cover Series in 2017. Has there been a year in recent history for the country where things have ever felt so broken? RtBE can't remember's hoping 2018 starts turning things around and picking up the pieces. 

This series will return in January when the focus will be on Jazz versions of Dylan's tunes. 

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