Monday, July 8, 2019

Dylan Cover #383 The Grateful Dead "Just Like Tom Thumb Blues" 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 Grateful Dead playing "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
An energetic romp that has been covered by everyone, this tune is a great swirl through Dylan's freaky mind. It was a punch and a whirlwind journey through Juarez, Mexico around Easter time...Maybe. There are lots of literary hints dropped, as well as a mischievous smile throughout. One of the first Dylan tunes we gravitated towards and with good reason, it is still one of our favorites.  

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE loves the Grateful Dead. We have voted for them as the Best American Band in our favorite bar stool conversation and are showcasing them this month in our Master's Series.

Thoughts on Cover:
Ahh the rare Phil Lesh lead vocal!  As we mentioned back in April when we celebrated the historic Phil and Phriends shows, RtBE has no problem with Phil's vocals, but can understand it if certain people don't dig his style. As for this cover the group gives it a unique intro and outro, and Phil mixes up the vocals. A fun yet non essential dance through this tune for a July Monday...which Phil dressed for about those shorts!

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