Monday, November 18, 2019

Dylan Cover #402 Solomon Burke - "What Good Am I?"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Solomon Burke and is a cover of "What Good Am I?"

Thought's on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Coming on the heels of Dylan's most powerful song in decades "What Good Am I?" can get lost on Oh Mercy, but the track is a sorrowful sweet plea. Slow and deliberate, questioning like the Louisiana night that may have inspired it. Dylan's vocal performance may not be his best but at the heart of it this is a really powerful song. Not one of his better known tracks, but a goodie all the same. Simple and slow, direct without hidden agenda's (I think...) all of which is a bit unique for Bob.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Solomon Burke is a mega star from the early days of rock and roll, "Cry To Me" alone should make him a legend,  Rock n' Soul is an all-time classic. Jerry Wexler called him one of the greatest soul singers of all time and who are RtBE to argue with that?

Thoughts on Cover:
A flat out awesome cover that we probably should have gotten to earlier in this series as it is a stunner. Funky music, big vocals and passionate delivery, this one has it all.

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