Los Angeles, California
24 February 1990
Roy Orbison Tribute.
- Mr. Tambourine Man
Continue reading February 24: Bob Dylan at Roy Orbison tribute 1990 (videos)
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:
I don’t think of myself as Bob Dylan. It’s like Rimbaud said, ‘I is another.’
~Bob Dylan (Biograph liner notes)
In its own way ‘Up To Me’ is as masterful an achievement as ‘Tangled Up In Blue’, using much the same technique to create a well-crafted juxtaposition of ‘what I know to be the truth’ and what I’m projecting’.
~Clinton Heylin (Still on the Road: The Songs of Bob Dylan Vol. 2, . 1974-2008)
“Up To Me” was recorded 19 September 1974:
Stylistically, the album varies from traditional sounding folk and sea chanty music (such as the aforementioned “Jolly Roger”) to hard, gritty rock tunes strongly influenced by the burgeoning punk rock movement (such as “Rock and Roll Time”).
“Roger McGuinn’s inspired participation with Bob Dylan’s epic 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour led the bard to offer McGuinn this exquisite outtake from Blood on the Tracks for his inclusion on Cardiff Rose, perhaps his finest solo album. Easily on a par with all of the excellent songs on that album, McGuinn did here what he does best with outside material: he synthesized it to make it sound like his own. A multi-layered and first-person confessional ballad, it’s a love song that is akin to a painting or a film, complete with flashbacks, allegories, and foreshadowing. The powerful sense of dignity and responsibility here is, as always, engaging, and stands up to repeated listening as much as any Dylan material from this period. McGuinn does it extreme justice, with a rocked-up, energetic arrangement that is quite different (but equally as effective) as Dylan’s original, which has been often bootlegged.”
– Matthew Greenwald / Allmusic
Written by Bob Dylan and recorded by Dylan during the Blood on the Tracks sessions of 1974. Dylan’s original is very reminicent of “Shelter From the Storm,” keeping roughly the same melody (but not quite). Roger McGuinn does it a bit different. Like he did in his Byrds days, McGuinn electrified the song and turned it into a folk-rock gem.
The acoustic Dylan version wasn’t released until
the early ’90s when it appeared on the The Bootleg Series Vol. I-III. 1985 when it appeared in the box-set Biograph (thank you, Chris Burke).
Cardiff Rose (1976 album) version by Roger McGuinn:
Up to me – Roger McGuinn (Audio, studio version, from a Mojo magazine compilation):
Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn March 4 1978 Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ)
This is a very fine set, good songs from Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn (who also played together in The Byrds) and some very fine covers, among them three Bob Dylan songs.