Monday, May 21, 2018

Dylan Cover #326 Neil Young & Tom Petty "Everything Is Broken" 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 Neil Young & Tom Petty playing "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..yeah...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:
Uncle Neil and Cousin Tom, two all time classic artists They have been written about on RtBE multiple times and hold them both in very high regard, especially live...
Thoughts on Cover:
A fun ramshackle live rendition from the Bridge School Benefit in 1989. What is cool is that this is the same year that the tune was released on Oh Mercy. RtBE loves current Dylan covers, as in covering his newest tunes close to their release. Not much to this one, far from an all-time classic take, just getting after it with piano, acoustic guitar and some nice conga drum work. 

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