Monday, August 3, 2020

Dylan Cover #439 Luciano "Knockin' On Heavens Door"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Luciano playing "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".

This month we are doing another special focus in RtBE's Dylan Covers series. In the past we have highlighted The ByrdsCoulson-Dean-McGuiness-FlintThe HolliesJoan OsbourneMountainBetty LeVette and more. Now the spotlight shines on various reggae artists from Is It Rolling Bob? A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan.  
We have covered a song from this collection in our Dylan Cover Series before, so we will skip Toots this month even though that is a good one from this collection.
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The song that seems to have been covered by every and any one, but when originally recorded it it was featured on one of Dylan's oddest releases yet. A straight ahead mournful number that just seems to work somehow and like a lot of Dylan tunes has grown beyond it's humble beginning. The song is really a testament to his amazing songwriting which can seem simple at times. The tune has invaded culture (possibly because of all the covers) and I would wager is one of Dylan's most widely known tunes...

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
 Luciano is a reggae legend who has been active since the early 90's with "Shake It Up Tonight" being the first song RtBE heard of his.

Thoughts on Cover:
As we dip into reggae covers of Dylan during August, we will start with the song that seems to lend itself to reggae the most.  Whether it is Guns N' Roses or Jerry Garcia Band the irie vibes descend during Dylan's cowboy tale or woe. Luciano does a fine job with the tune, keeping it fairly straight ahead and like all of the tunes this month it works well to listen to it under the hot summer sun flowing out of loud speakers.

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