Monday, November 25, 2019

Dylan Cover #403 Ike & Tina Turner "She Belongs To Me"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Ike and Tina Turner playing "She Belongs To Me"

Thoughts on Original:
The first song in this series was a different cover of this track, here is what I wrote about it then and still feel the same way:
This is a gem of a song, a twisted tale that entwines beauty and deceit, darkness and sparkling Egyptian Red Rings.  One of Dylan's best in it's mystery, elusiveness and bitter biting undertones; really pure Dylan and one of his all time classics.  Loved it when I first heard it, still love it today.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Tina Turner is a damn good entertainer/singer/survivor who hit her stride once she left the abusive Ike and flourished on her own. Achieving mega super-stardom in the 1980's which was well deserved. Because of his shitty persona and abusive life, Ike isn't talked about very much these days but he was critical in developing the Rock and Roll sound as he recorded "Rocket 88" often called the first rock and roll song. He wasn't the first bad person in rock and roll and he certainly wasn't the last. While we look back at 50's and 60's early rock and roll we wanted to showcase Ike and Tina who were a productive part of it musically.

Thoughts on Cover:
Changing the gender of the title character and knowing what is now known about Ike and Tina's relationship this song seems gross, but as a musical statement it is crisp and soulful. Also a very happy birthday to Tina tomorrow.

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