Monday, September 11, 2023

Dylan Cover #597 David Bromberg "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry"

 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 David Bromberg playing "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
One of my favorite titled songs in the Dylan catalog, for some reason the title just nails an elusive feeling and perfectly works with the tune. Also contains multiple epic lines, my favorite being "I wanna be your lover babe/I don't wanna be your boss", AMEN brother Bob.  A pretty straight forward blues number musically that lends itself to cover attempts, leading to...


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
David Bromberg was a contemporary of Dylan on the 60's Greenwich Village folk scene. He is also someone Bob had play on a lot of his studio efforts. It is fun to hear David step out and sing one of Bob's bluesy numbers.
Thoughts on Cover:
Very nuanced playing and singing by Bromberg, raising up this cover with a quiet sense of importance. A very cool take on the tune. 

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