12 good Bob Dylan covers done by some incredible women




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12 good Bob Dylan covers done by some incredible women

We like cover versions here at alldylan.com, and here are some really great examples. They are not better than the originals, but they are different and they are good.

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Enjoy!

P J Harvey – Shot of Love:

Incredible rendition!

December 1999, Music Of The Millennium Awards, Channel 4. Polly chose Bob Dylan as her Musician of the Millennium and performed this tribute.

P J Harvey – Highway 61 Revisited (live at the Metro, Chicago 1993):

Angry and good!

Chrissie Hynde – I Shall Be Released:

Wonderful version!


Hole – It’s all over now baby blue
(B-side, Malibu single, audio):


Susan Tedechi – Lord protect my child
:

Live at Farm Aid 2005 at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, Illinois on September 18, 2005. More blues than straight rock,  it is just so good!


Dixie Chicks – Mississippi
:

Performed on Austin City Limits, Jan. 2007


Sheryl Crow – Mississipi
:

Good version and a great intro.


Nico – I’ll keep it with mine
(audio):

Joan Baez – “Farewell Angelina”:


Patti Smith – Changing of the guards
:

Patti Smith plays Bob Dylan’ s Changing Of The Guards Live 08 07 07 Twelve Tour Cagliari Anfiteatro Romano

Ani DiFranco – Hurricane (Audio):


KT Tunstall – Tangled up in blue
(Jools 04-11-2005):

 

– Hallgeir & Egil

54 thoughts on “12 good Bob Dylan covers done by some incredible women”

  1. Hard to believe that Merry Clayton is neither on the list nor mentioned in the comments. Listen to this one …
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz1uQ3zSdHI
    … and to all the other songs of this album which are available on youtube.
    Album title: Dylan’s Gospel
    Artists: The Brothers and Sisters
    Released: 1969
    Recorded: few weeks before Neil Armstrong visited the moon.
    This album is always great but it’s perfect for christmas time.

    1. There are several photos available taken at that date/location, I do not know the photographer, but they are candid and of great historic significance 🙂

  2. I have just listened to Odetta’s version of Tomorrows a long time which is a thing of great beauty. Thanks for sharing it with me.

  3. I generally dislike Dylan covers… Dylan’s greatest gift is his voice and his his songs loose their magnetic power when sung by any other singer. Try imagining anyone esle singing Visions Of Johanna, Sara or Ring Them Bells. Not possible.

    Sinead O’ Connors ” I Believe In You ” is a valiant effort and hat’s off to the brilliant Thea Gilmore for having the guts to cover the John Wesley Harding album ( which could have been written yesterday ).

    1. I think they become other songs in a way. They are different and they show that the material lends itself to interpretation.

      Thanks for the comment!

      – Hallgeir

    2. Covers are never an easy thing to do…Especially when it’s one of the master poet’s song
      Here’s a link to Heart’s cover of ring them bells

  4. Some years back there was an incredible version of ‘knocking on heaven’s door’ by, sounds like, a black woman. I’d really like to know her name. I know this isn’t enough information, is it?

    1. From her BOBFEST performance. One of the best. Actually most of the concert is the best. Clapton,Love Minus Zero? Whoa!

    2. Ever since I watched this version on the Dylan Tribute concert film, I was struck by Sophie Hawkins’ originality of performing it real “geil” (German for “hot”). I also wondered how it missed Hallgeir. Thanks, Phil, for connecting the dots.

  5. I love a lot of Old Rock & Roll but did not buy many albums for lack of funds, It would be nice if you included Full names for all the musicians (which you did for many), especially the ones that go by nicknames…some of the names/pictures are unfamiliar to me (might not be from my era)

    1. I love a lot of Old Rock & Roll but did not buy many albums for lack of funds, It would be nice if you included Full names for all the musicians (which you did for many), especially the ones that go by nicknames…some of the names/pictures are unfamiliar to me (might not be from my era)

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