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The 9 Best Bob Dylan Covers – according to Paste Magazine (Video & Audio)



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A great list published back in April 2009 over @ pastemagazine.com.

Here is top 9 & the final part of this series of blogposts.

-> Part 1 is here
-> Part 2 is here
-> Part 3 is here
-> Part 4 is here

9. The White Stripes – “One More Cup of Coffee” (from “The White Stripes” – 1999)

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Richie Havens sings Bob Dylan: 11 good interpretations

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Richie Havens sings Bob Dylan: 11 good interpretations

Richard Pierce Havens (January 21, 1941 – April 22, 2013), known as Richie Havens, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music encompassed elements of folk, soul, and rhythm and blues. He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

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Bob Dylan’s Infidels covered

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Infidels is the twenty-second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on October 27, 1983 by Columbia Records.

Produced by Mark Knopfler and Dylan himself, Infidels is seen as his return to secular music, following a conversion to Christianity, threeevangelical, gospel records and a subsequent return to a secular, culturally Jewish lifestyle. Though he has never abandoned religious imagery, Infidels gained much attention for its focus on more personal themes of love and loss, in addition to commentary on theenvironment and geopolitics. Christopher Connelly of Rolling Stone called those Gospel albums just prior to Infidels “lifeless”, and sawInfidels as making Bob Dylan’s career viable again. According to Connelly and others Infidels is Dylan’s best poetic and melodic work since Blood on the Tracks. It has been reported that reviews like these of Dylan’s religious works depressed the musician profoundly, inspiring Dylan’s comment at one concert that he was only referred to as a “prophet” when he was a secular “prophet” (paraphrased).

The critical reaction was the strongest for Dylan in years, almost universally hailed for its songwriting and performances. The album also fared well commercially, reaching #20 in the US and going gold, and #9 in the UK. Still, many fans and critics were disappointed that several songs were inexplicably cut from the album just prior to mastering—primarily “Blind Willie McTell”, considered a career highlight by many critics, and not officially released until it appeared on The Bootleg Series Volume III eight years later.

– wikipedia

As I have said many times before, these songs (all of them!) are best sung by Bob Dylan. Despite that, we enjoy to find out what other artist can do with such a treasure chest of songs. Some are great, some are good and some are interesting. It’s a good album and this should be fun, so let’s get started.

Let us begin with the great band, Built to spill.

Built To Spill – Jokerman (from ‘Bob Dylan in the 80’s: Volume 1’, audio) it is just amazing!:

Jimmy Lafave – Sweetheart Like You (live):

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