Monday, August 5, 2019

Dylan Cover #387 Neil Young & The Grateful Dead "Forever Young"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Neil Young & The Grateful Dead performing a live cover of "Forever Young" 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we covered a cover of this tune.
"Forever Young" is a classic. A track that Dylan released two different versions of on Planet Waves, and a song tons of artists use to close out sets or play encores. Without doing research it has to be one of the top 5 most covered songs of his, and yet it was never one of RtBE's favorites. It is a great song, Bob has always treated it a bit sterile though and this is a flaw in Dylan; artists would give their whole careers to write a song like this and he treats it like an out take, Last Waltz not withstanding.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE digs on Uncle Neil a bunch and are showcasing him this month in our Master's Series.

Thoughts on Cover:
Bridging our Masters series from July to August we have The Grateful Dead supporting Neil Young as he sings this Dylan tune at the Bill Graham memorial in San Francisco. Fine version nothing truly magical which obviously both bands and the songwriter are capable of.

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