Category Archives: Cover versions

July 13: Roger McGuinn plays 9 good Bob Dylan covers – Happy Birthday Mr. McGuinn!

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Roger McGuinn is a great guitar player with a distinct sound, a “jangly” shimmering guitar sound. But he is much more than that, he is a good singer and a very good Bob Dylan interpreter.

Here are 9 good renditions of Bob Dylan’s songs done by Roger McGuinn (and collaborators).

Mr. Tambourine Man:

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July 8: Beck covers Bob Dylan – Leopard Skin Pill-box Hat & Country Pie – Happy Birthday Beck




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“If I’ve got any kind of attitude about me — or about what I do, what I perform, what I sing, on any level, my attitude is, compare it to somebody else! Don’t compare it to me. Are you going to compare Neil Young to Neil Young? Compare it to somebody else, compare it to Beck—which I like—or whoever else is on his level.
~Bob Dylan (to Jonathan Lethem, Aug 2006)

Beck turns 47 today – Happy Birthday.

Here are two Dylan songs he’s covered: Leopard Skin Pill-box Hat & Country Pie.

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June 19: The Late Nick Drake was born in 1948 – Nick Drake covers Bob Dylan

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Nick Drake covers Bob Dylan

Family Tree is a 2007 compilation album of home recordings by Nick Drake. The album is notable for the appearance of Nick’s sister, Gabrielle, on one track and the contribution of two original songs performed by Nick’s mother, Molly Drake. Recorded before the release of his first album Five Leaves Left, most of the tracks on the album circulated on bootlegs in the years before official release due to the generosity of Drake’s family in sharing them with fans. The album reached #35 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart, making it Drake’s first album to chart in America. It has a lovely version of Dylan’s Tomorrow Is A Long Time.

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Tomorrow Is a Long Time is a song written and recorded by Bob Dylan. Dylan’s version first appeared on the album Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II compilation, released in 1971. It was subsequently included in the rare triple LP compilation, Masterpieces.

Nick Drake – Tomorrow is a long time:

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June 8: Boz Scaggs covers Bob Dylan – Happy Birthday Mr. Scaggs

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Birth name William Royce Scaggs
Born June 8, 1944 (age 73)
Canton, Ohio, United States
Genres Blue-eyed soul, rock, blues rock,soft rock, jazz rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1963–present
Labels Columbia, Atlantic, Virgin, 429 Records
Associated acts Steve Miller Band, Toto
Website BozScaggs.com

William Royce “Boz” Scaggs (born June 8, 1944) is an American singersongwriter and guitarist. He gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and sometime lead singer with the Steve Miller Band, and in the 1970s with several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United States, including the well-known hits “Lowdown” and “Lido Shuffle” from the critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Scaggs continues to write, record music and tour.

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Ian Hunter – Is Your Love In Vain (Dylan), Happy Birthday Ian Hunter!

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Do you love me, or are you just extending goodwill?
Do you need me half as bad as you say, or are you just feeling guilt?
I’ve been burned before and I know the score
So you won’t hear me complain
Will I be able to count on you
Or is your love in vain?

Is your love in vain? is a song from Dylan’s Street Legal album, but my favourite version (official, that is…) is from Live at Budokan. It’s a heart achingly honest love song, he really bares his heart, and I feel for the man. The song is profoundly touching, and in my book, one of Bob Dylan’s best love songs. It received a fair amount of negative response when it was released, some critics meant it was degrading women. I think that is harsh, I simply cannot see it.

Ian Hunter performed the song for a TV-show in 1981 (aired 1982?) and has been released on a bootleg/semi-official compilation album, Bald At The Station (2012).

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“The CD ends with one song from a 1982 Don Kirshner performance and finds Hunter diving back to his roots, dirging up Dylan’s “Love in Vain” and making it his own. If a better-quality recording exists, let’s hope it turns up somewhere soon. In the meantime, it’s a marvelous end to a surprisingly useful odds ‘n’ oddities collection, and proof that we were all severely shortchanged when the Ian Hunter anthology turned out to be a mere two discs. He deserved at least four.”
– Dave Thompson (allmusic.com)

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