Monday, September 10, 2018

Dylan Cover #341 The War On Drugs "Tangled Up In Blue" 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 War On Drugs performing "Tangled Up In Blue" 
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this track:
Wow. The song that never ends, the tune that might just best sum up Dylan, if that is remotely possible. Dylan constantly toyed with this song (check out the Rolling Thunder and Real Live version's if you haven't yet) and even he knows it can't stay stagnant in one form for long, so covering it is a good bet.  Needless to say it is in the top 5 greatest songs he ever wrote if we were ranking them...hmm.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE digs the War on Drugs. Their most recent album was excellent and we ended up ranking it high on our best of list for last year. Their sound seems perfectly suited for takes on Dylan's 80's period.
Thoughts on Cover:
Here they go for a classic, and while the sound isn't perfect with a phone recording the band from super close range, the spirit is there and an admirable cover flows out. We particularly dig the fuzzed up guitar solo that is thrown down to close the shortened number as certain verses are skipped.

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