Monday, June 11, 2018

Dylan Cover #328 Fancy Franzi and the Dudes "Quinn the Eskimo" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Fancy Franzi and the Dudes doing a live cover of "Quinn the Eskimo" 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
Not officially released until 1970's audience and critic defying Self-Portrait "Quinn The Eskimo" first found life with Manfred Mann, before a lot of the world heard Dylan sing it himself. It had been on The Basement Tapes though and lots of bootleggers, underground fans and admiring fellow artists got to bask it its rollicking glory. A fun old ride that makes everyone from children to adults smile. A favorite purely because it is one of the plain funnest songs in Dylan's catalog one of my personal highlights regarding the song has nothing to do with the playing, it has to do with what Dylan himself wrote about it in Chronicles:
"On the way back to the house I passed the local movie theater on Prytania Street, where The Mighty Quinn was showing. Years earlier, I had written a song called 'The Mighty Quinn' which was a hit in England, and I wondered what the movie was about. Eventually, I'd sneak off and go there to see it. It was a mystery, suspense, Jamaican thriller with Denzel Washington as the Mighty Xavier Quinn a detective who solves crimes. Funny, that's just the way I imagined him when I wrote the song 'The Mighty Quinn,' Denzel Washington."

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Have not heard of Fancy Franzi and the Dudes before. They are acoustic/folk band from Koblenz Germany
Thoughts on Cover:
A really cool cover, and while it looks great out in nature, just wish they had re-recorded it with less wind swirling around. RtBE likes to showcase anyone covering Dylan in this series and this is a great cover, if the band posts a cleaner version it will be even better. 

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