Monday, May 1, 2023

Dylan Cover #579 Tom Jones "Not Dark Yet"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Tom Jones doing a cover of "Not Dark Yet" 

All April (and the first week of May) RtBE focuses our Monday Dylan Cover Series on artists who are playing this years New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Today is Tom Jones who play the festival Sunday May 7th

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
A excellent Dylan tune from any era but one that in particular screamed "I'm Still Alive And Kickin'!" on Time Out Of Mind at a phase when Dylan was simply an after thought on the current popular music scene. One of Dylan's most haunting tracks; it is hard not to feel his emotions and finality of the coming darkness as Dylan sings this lyric set.  An all-time great that is mysterious, foreboding, honest and powerful. First class Bob.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Tom Jones is a classic crooner. Never been huge fans of this style, but he is solid for what he is.  That said...

Thoughts on Cover:
Last year we found our least favorite cover in this entire series. This one is challenging for the title. It isn't Tom Jones singing that hurts it, in fact, he sounds pretty solid, but what the hell is going on musically? A disco freak out?  Paired with some of the most morbid lyrics in Dylan's career?  This is a major misstep. I would say it isn't Jones' fault, but it is his name on the album so it is. Not as bad as Rod, but damn close.  

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