Monday, February 20, 2023

Dylan Cover #569 Virginia Kettle (Merry Hell) "Dark Eyes" 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 Virginia Kettle (Merry Hell) playing "Dark Eyes"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
"Dark Eyes" is the sparse album closer on the mixed bag Empire Burlesque. That record has lots of interesting songs, but falls into that dreaded period called "the '80's". The production was modern at the time and almost instantly sounded dated. The bootleg release Springtime in New York rescues a lot of these songs, showing that other takes of these tracks prove there was still strong songwriting and performing from the Bard during this era. One song that did not need rescuing is "Dark Eyes" a stone cold stunner from/for any decade; a lesser known great song from Dylan.  


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is the first time I have heard Virginia Kettle from the English folk rock band, Merry Hell.  

Thoughts on Cover:
A dynamite straight ahead acoustic cover that really hits home. Performed for Dylan's 80th birthday, this is a real present to us all. 

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