Friday, August 12, 2011

NSD Vol. 33-36

Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan Vol. 33: Progress and the Doom Machine

This one goes out in memory of David Plentus, the founder of DylanCover.com, who passed away last month. I didn't know him, but his site is an invaluable resource and it always gave me a sense of accomplishment when one of my compilations appeared on his NSD page. I hope someone will be continuing the site as a tribute to his dedication.

A couple of notes on this volume's selection: I know some don't consider "Ballad of Easy Rider" and "Wagon Wheel" true Dylan songs, but they're both damn good, and after 33 volumes I decided to take the liberty; if you're a purist, don't download those tracks. And I also know John Mayer is widely reviled, but I think he does a nice job with "Don't Think Twice"; as when I included Guns 'N Roses, I've come down on the side of the music and tried to ignore personalities.

As always, a big thanks to the tapers, the original uploaders, the nice folks who've sent me recordings, the fine artists who've created cover artwork, and especially the performers and most of all the composer. Due to the many different sources, I am not including lineages. I have done nothing to the original files but normalize the levels and fade in and out on each track (using Cool Edit). If you've got something good that deserves consideration for future volumes, PM me.

01 Ballad of Easy Rider - Bruce Springsteen (Aug 20, 1981, Los Angeles Sports Arena)
02 This Wheel's On Fire - The Byrds (Sep 20, 1970, Pacific Memorial Stadium, Stockton, CA)
03 Positively Fourth Street - Bryan Ferry (Mar 17, 2007, St. David's Hall, Cardiff, UK)
04 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again - North Mississippi All-Stars (Feb 5, 2011, Criminal Records, Atlanta, GA, audience recording)
05 Walkin' Down the Line - Eilen Jewell (Apr 29, 2010, Katalin, Uppsala, Sweden)
06 Ring Them Bells - Sara Jarosz (May 20, 2010, Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT)
07 Lay Lady Lay - Band of Heathens (Jul 27, 2009, Don Quixote's, Felton, CA)
08 Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Alejandro Escovedo (Jan 28, 2011, Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC)
09 Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - John Mayer (Jul 31, 2010, Bristow, VA)
10 Forever Young - Sara Watkins (Jun 19, 2010, Clearwater Festival, Croton-on-Hudson, NY)
11 All Over You - Cooper McBean (January 13, 2011, The Echo, Los Angeles, CA)
12 Blowin' in the Wind - Jonathan Richman (Feb 4, 2010, Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL)
13 A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall - Ryan Bingham (Oct 3, 2007, The King King, Hollywood, CA)
14 Every Grain of Sand - Deacon Blue (Dec 28, 1991, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall)
15 Visions of Johanna - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Aug 9, 2010, Ebisu LIQUIDROOM, Tokyo, Japan)
16 Dirge - Sophie Hunger and Erik Truffaz (Nov 3, 2010, Studio 15 de la RSR, Lausanne, Switzerland)
17 Going Going Gone - Mark Lanegan (Aug 2, 2002, Urbino, Italy)
18 Wagon Wheel - Mumford and Sons with Gilliam Welch and David Rawlings (Jun 12, 2010, Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, TN)


 Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan, Vol. 34: So Long, Honey Babe
Why do we admire Suze Rotolo? I think it's because she kept her secrets, even at the risk of letting herself be defined (publicly, at least) by a handful of songs written by an articulate but temporarily bitter ex-boyfriend. When she did finally break her silence, it was with a discretion and dignity rare in our modern celebrity culture. So this volume is dedicated to Suze (and does not contain a version of "Ballad in Plain D").

As always, a big thanks to the tapers, the original uploaders, the nice folks who've sent me recordings, the fine artists who've created cover artwork, and especially the performers and most of all the composer. Due to the many different sources, I am not including lineages. I have done nothing to the original files but normalize the levels and fade in and out on each track (using Cool Edit). If you've got something good that deserves consideration for future volumes, PM me. And thanks to Cover Me for the kind words.


01 Boots of Spanish Leather - Patti Smith (Dec 30, 2010, The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY)
02 Mama You've Been on My Mind - Allan Toussaint (Nov 9, 2006, Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center, New York City, NY)
03 **NOT INCLUDED IN TORRENT SEE BELOW Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Steve Earle (Feb 27, 2011, Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA) NOT INCLUDED IN TORRENT SEE BELOW**
04 Tomorrow is a Long Time - The Gourds (Apr 29, 2009, The Ark Ann Arbor, MI)
05 One Too Many Mornings - Rumpke Mountain Boys (Jul 17, 2010, Private Party, Athens, OH)
06 Blowin' in the Wind - Arlo Guthrie and Donovan (Jun 20, 1981, Folkfestival auf der Donauinsel, Vienna, Austria)
07 Masters of War - Don McLean (May 25, 1975, Hard Rock Club, Manchester, England)
08 A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall - Carrie Elkin (Nov 26, 2009, Prince Albert, Trafalgar St, Brighton)
09 Mr. Tambourine Man - Abbey Lincoln (Jul 12, 2002, Graz, Mariahilferplatz)
10 I Want You -Sophie B. Hawkins (Aug 16, 1992, La Brique, Montreal, QC)
11 All Along the Watchtower - Devon Allman's Honeytribe (May 22, 2010, Aflac Outdoor Games, Uptown's Riverfront AT&T Stage, Columbus, GA)
12 Ring Them Bells - Jill Sobule with Cyndi Lauper (Nov 9, 2006, Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center, New York City, NY)
13 Isis/Love Sick - Ryan Adams and the Cardinals (Nov 9, 2006, Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center, New York City, NY)
14 Going, Going Gone - Jay Farrar (Nov 9, 2006, Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center, New York City, NY)
15 Fragment - Wesley Stace (Nov 5, 2009, Cafe Fontana, Maple Shade, New Jersey)

Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan, Vol. 35: Salute Him When His Birthday Comes

Happy Birthday, Bob!* I was going to open this with "Song to Woody" and close it with "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'", but the ending seemed too bleak, so we leave you with Joan Baez and the appropriately sentimental "Forever Young." Lots of highlights here, but I call special attention to Leon Russell's brilliant rendition of "Masters of War," which I've segued directly into Neil Young's "Blowin' in the Wind." These two masterful reinterpretations are what covering Dylan is all about.

As always, a big thanks to the tapers, the original uploaders, the nice folks who've sent me recordings, the fine artists who've created cover artwork, and especially the performers and most of all the composer. Due to the many different sources, I am not including lineages. I have done nothing to the original files but normalize the levels and fade in and out on each track (using Cool Edit), with the exception of track 3, which was edited by John234 (Thanks John!) to exclude Elvis Costello's interlude of "The River in Reverse." The full version is available on the tracker. If you've got something good that deserves consideration for future volumes, PM me.

*Yes, I know his actual birthday is May 24. I wanted to get this up early for all the weekend dimers.

01 Song to Woody - Uncle Tupelo (May 28, 1990, Cicero's, St. Louis, MO)
02 Tangled Up in Blue - Robyn Hitchcock (Feb 19, 2000, Largo, Los Angeles, CA)
03 This Wheel's on Fire - Elvis Costello and the Imposters (May 9, 2011, Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA)
04 Everything is Broken - The Waterboys (Apr 10, 1990, Docks, Hamburg, Gemany)
05 You're a Big Girl Now - Lloyd Cole (Dec 27, 2001, Joe's Pub, New York, NY)
06 Oh Sister - Robin Pecknold (Jul 11, 2009, Neumo's, Seattle, WA)
07 I Threw It All Away - Roddy Frame and Edwyn Collins (Oct 17, 1990, Copenhagen Music Cafe, Denmark)
08 Love Minus Zero - Joe Jack Talcum (Sep 13, 2009, The Mill, Iowa City, IA)
09 Queen Jane Approximately - David Rawlings Machine (Mar 24, 2009, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
10 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window - Kaiser-Phillips Band (Jan 7, 1990, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
11 Positively Fourth Street - Jerry Garcia and Merle Saunders (Jul 10, 1973, The Keystone, Berkeley, CA)
12 I Shall Be Released - Gene Clark (May 12, 1989, Old Vienna Kaffeehaus, Westboro, MA)
13 Cross the Green Mountain - Elliott Murphy (Sep 5, 2009, Beitohallen, Beitostolen, Norway)
14 Masters of War - Leon Russell (Nov 21, 1970, Fillmore East, New York)
15 Blowin' in the Wind - Neil Young (Feb 28, 1991, Dean E. Smith Center, Charlotte, NC)
16 Beyond Here Lies Nothin' - Steve Wynn (Au 13, 2009, Hana-bi, Marina di Ravenna, Italy)
17 Forever Young - Joan Baez (Mar 31, 2004, Murat Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN)


Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan, Vol. 36: Down in the Easy Chair

The last one of these I did came out on Dylan's 70th birthday. Now we have one for America's 235th birthday. To celebrate, we have the first NSD appearance of "Let Me Die in My Footsteps," a lovely acoustic version by the Minnesota duo Roma di Luna.

As always, a big thanks to the tapers, the original uploaders, the nice folks who've sent me recordings, the fine artists who've created cover artwork, and especially the performers and most of all the composer. Due to the many different sources, I am not including lineages. I have done nothing to the original files but normalize the levels and fade in and out on each track (using Cool Edit). If you've got something good that deserves consideration for future volumes, PM me.

Finally, I have started an MP3 blog, which will feature tracks (both Dylan-related and non) not in this series. Right now, you can get Jeff Tweedy's cover of "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," which I believe is new to circulation; it's a studio outtake from the "I'm Not There" soundtrack. I'll be adding stuff daily, if there seems to be interest. (I won't be posting MP3 versions of this series, as Music Ruined My Life is already doing a fine job of that.) Here's the link:

http://smallfiguresinavastexpanse.blogspot.com/

01 Lay Down Your Weary Tune - Jefferson Airplane (Jan 15, 1966,Kiskano Theater, Vancouver BC)
02 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - Joe Henry (Oct 27, 1993, Finale Emilia, Italy)
03 Maggie's Farm - Kris Kristofferson, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Richie Havens, Warren Haynes, Taj Mahal(May 3, 2009, Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY)
04 New Pony - Ron Sexsmith (Jul 14th, 1996, Toronto, ONT)
05 Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Frank Turner (Jun 19, 2011, Vienna, Austria)
06 Meet Me in the Morning - Sarah Jarosz (Jul 18, 2009, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Oak Hill, NY)
07 Nobody 'Cept You - 16 Horsepower (Mar 20, 2000, Doornroosje, Nijmegen)
08 Mr. Tambourine Man - Doug Sahm and Jerry Garcia (Nov 23, 1972, Thanksgiving Jam, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX)
09 Just Like a Woman - Avett Brothers with Simon Felice (Jun 4, 2011, Mountain Jam, Hunter Mountain, NY)
10 Highway 61 Revisited - David Gogo Blues Band (Aug 23, 2009, Edmonton Blues Festvial, Alberta, Canada)
11 All Along the Watchtower - Paul Weller (Nov 20, 2010, Olympia Theatre, Dublin)
12 Let Me Die in My Footsteps - Roma di Luna (Aug 9, 2008, Hosmer Library, Minneapolis, MN)
13 Odds and Ends - Bottle Rockets (Dec 25, 1998, Hi-Pointe Cafe, St. Louis, Missouri)
14 The Mighty Quinn - Band of Heathens (May 5, 2010, Piano, Dortmund, Germany)
15 You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - REM and Robyn Hitchcock (Mar 15, 1991, The Borderline, London)
16 I Shall Be Released - Robbie Robertson, Elvis Costello, and Rita Coolidge (May 11, 1995, Piazzi San Giovanni in Rome )
17 Love Rescue Me - U2 (May 24, 2011, University of Utah, Salt Lake City)
 

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