Monday, September 17, 2018

Dylan Cover #342 Phil Cohen "When My Ship Comes In" 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 Phil Cohen playing "When My Ship Comes In"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
One of our favorite songs from the early days of Dylan. The purest Irish Folk we felt he ever got, Joan Baez was a fan of this one and told a cool story during No Direction Home, about him being pissed at a hotel attendant and then having this song just spiral out of him. Images of the sea, the salt, the song, raiding/pillaging; a pirate song at heart. When we are looking for pure folk Dylan this one usually finds it's way to our ears.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Have not heard of Phil Cohen before today but he is a singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn and has a bandcamp page with recordings, but doesn't look to have released anything since 2014.

Thoughts on Cover:
So musically this is a straight ahead live acoustic number in the vein of the original. HOWEVER we don't normally mention the videos, just the music, but this is one of our favorite pure videos during our on going Dylan cover series as it was filmed on the front lawn of RtBE headquarters, NYC's Highline Park.

The playing, the ambient noise, random snippets of passing conversation and slowly strolling Cohen just add's to the majesty. It is one of our favorite cover videos we have showcased in this series, excellent work Mr. Cohen and Motiki Media Productions

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