Monday, October 11, 2021

Dylan Cover #500 Dead and Company - "Knockin' On Heavens Door" Live

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

This month we have a special focus on artists who will be playing the 2021 Jazzfest in New Orleans. Today we highlight Dead and Company who played Saturday October 9th.

Once again Jazzfest is canceled due to Covid. Hopefully it happens in April-May of 2022.

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 it is one of Dylan's most widely known tunes...


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
While we love the Grateful Dead here at RtBE, even going so far as to call them the Best American BandDead and Co are not our favorite post Jerry incarnation. Always nice to hear the boys playing any sort of music these days though, especially a good take on a classic. 

Thoughts on Cover:
Since we started this series with a version of the Dead covering a Dylan tune, (after switching our Monday's series from Dead shows to Dylan Covers in February 2011)  RtBE figured we would bring it back full circle with a Dead-ish cover for #500.  Shocking we kept this series going so long. Here's to the next 500 covers. 

The Dead and Dylan go hand in hand. It was the Dead who inspired Dylan to begin his Never Ending Tour, revamping his songs and playing style endlessly....As for the cover presented today...This version is slow and drawn out with poignant guitar solos and nice harmonies. Very well done. 

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