The Best Dylan Covers: Jeff Beck Group – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You

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The Best Dylan Covers: Jeff Beck Group – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You

“Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You” is a song written by Bob Dylan from his 1969 album Nashville Skyline. It was the closing song of the album. The song was the third single released from the album.

Jeff Beck Group is the fourth studio album by The Jeff Beck Group and the second album with the line up of Jeff Beck, Bobby Tench, Clive Chaman, Max Middleton and Cozy Powell. The album was produced by Steve Cropper and often referred to as the Orange Album, because of the orange which appears prominently at the top of the front cover. The album has a wonderful song selection with unique arrangements that allows the virtuosity of the players to shine through. Jeff Beck as usual  let his group members shine.  Steve Cropper’s production is sometimes described as sloppy on this album, I don’t hear it. It’s a hidden gem and an underrated classic!

It is a very soulful  album, and it includes this raw and very hones rendition of Bob Dylan’s Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You.


Audio, from the “Orange” album, Jeff Beck Group – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You:


Jeff Beck Group – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You (probably Beat-Club 1972):

Other entries in the series:
The Best Dylan covers: Stevie Wonder – Blowin’ in the wind
The Best Dylan Covers: George Harrison – If Not For You
The Best Dylan Covers: Emmylou Harris – Every Grain of Sand
The Best Dylan Covers: Them – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
The Best Dylan Covers: Joan Baez – Farewell Angelina
The Best Dylan Covers: Roger McGuinn – Up To Me

– Hallgeir

2 thoughts on “The Best Dylan Covers: Jeff Beck Group – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”

  1. I once met a young guitar, who joined my band after an advertisment, a jazzy player whom I had to tell that he was in fact too brilliant to stay with us in the long run. He came from a Christian family with strict upbringing, so that he considered me as a gate to the world and I teached him about all kinds of music, but one day he came to me with something I considered as belonging completely to my own field, a song by Dylan but in the arrangement of Jeff Beck, somebody I had told him to listen to. It was an arrangement I did not know, but it blew my mind out, because it was Tonight I’ll be staying here with you, which I had cherished from the day I bought it as an eleven year old when it was released as a single, but this take on it by Jeff Beck, whose playing I admired but whose records I never really got into, was thrilling. We decided to add it to our repertoire. It took us an hour to nail it down in the rehearsel cellar we had in the house of the bass player who was an Indo, as we call it in Holland. His friend, also an Indo, was a Bonham kind of drummer and his rythmic approach helped a lot to get it done. My singing was the hardest part, because I was so used to Dylan’s way of singing it. The guitar player, Sander Eggen, though, he shone in this version, he managed to first copy Beck’s solo and next he came up with an improvisation that was equally stunnig and riveting. We knew we had something to drive the public wild. But the night we wanted to introduce it, just after a little crazy tour in Norway that had helped to give us an extra boost in confidence, the drummer suffered an heart attack. He recovered but it was clear that for the next half year we would not be able to perform., as his playing was essential to our style and he was a friend of mine too, whom I could not abandon (something not wise for a career in music of course). Thus I came to the conclusion that I should encourage Sander to move on, when he came to me and told me he had an offer from a bossa nova unit to come and play professionally. So that was the end of that band. This song reminds me of thatsweet and sour period.

    1. Great story, Hans, thanks for sharing!

      Too bad about the band, but you still have the wonderful memories. Again, thank you for a great story.

      – Hallgeir

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