Monday, July 22, 2019

Dylan Cover #385 The Grateful Dead "Ballad of a Thin Man" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is live a cover by The Grateful Dead of the Dylan tune "Ballad of a Thin Man"

Thoughts On Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
Surprisingly we have not touched upon a cover of this track yet in the series, possibly because it has never been anywhere close to a favorite of ours. This tune seems to be a clear product of Dylan's time and space, hounded by media/fans/everyone and lashing out in a burnt out manner. Not containing his best lines or playing it has never really grabbed hold, except a few times in the live setting.

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:
Last week we featured some strong Bobby on Bobby singing as Weir covered Dylan well and that streak continues this week as Bobby dominates this version of "Ballad of A Thin Man" the drummers do their part, and Jerry loves squirreling away behind Bobby, but Weir takes command. A solid cover.

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