Monday, March 19, 2018

Dylan Cover #317 Lukas Kowalski "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 Lukas Kowalski 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 Lukas Kowalski before. Not much found out about him, but he has a few other videos on his Youtube page.

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a stunning rendition of the the tune. The loops and FX work really add a lot to it, but Kowalski's vocals remind a lot of Mark Knopfler and hold up on their own as well. A pretty and confident version that once again makes this series such a joy every Monday. 

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