Monday, November 6, 2023

Dylan Cover #605 Joan Baez - Seven Curses

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Joan Baez playing "Seven Curses"

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 , Reggae Covers and many more.

For November and December we highlight covers from: Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International

Thoughts on Original:
An early tune from Dylan that lives and breathes the European folk song tradition as breathed through his lungs. The distrust of authority, the bleakness/unfairness of life, the anger and retribution all feel so natural. Dylan's harshness here seems connected to "Masters of War" as the pain and suffering flows through the end of the bitter tale. 

Also this is a great read about the song. 


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Joan Baez is a legend as a folk artist and activist. Needless to say she is a huge reason Dylan became the man that he did.

Thoughts on Cover

Acoustically played and flutteringly sang, Baez's natural timbre makes the cursing a little less mean, but this cover song still packs a punch.  

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