Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding covered


Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding Covered

John Wesley Harding is Bob Dylan’s eight album, it was released on December 27, 1967 by Columbia Records. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album marked Dylan’s return to acoustic music and traditional roots, after three albums of electric rock music. John Wesley Harding shares many stylistic threads with, and was recorded around the same time as, the prolific series of home recording sessions with the Band, partly released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes.

John Wesley Harding was exceptionally well received by critics and enjoyed solid sales, reaching #2 on the US charts and topping the UK charts. The commercial performance was considered remarkable considering that Dylan had kept Columbia from releasing the album with much promotion or publicity.Less than three months after its release, John Wesley Harding was certified gold by the RIAA. “All Along the Watchtower” became one of his most popular songs after it was recorded by Jimi Hendrix the following year.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 301 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Many Dylan albums have lent themselves to loads of covers over the years, many quite different from the originals. John Wesley Harding was one of the easiest album to find good covers from.

Here are my chosen 12.

1. Ron Sexsmith – John Wesley Harding:

2. Wovenhand – As I went out one morning:

3. Dirty Projectors – I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustin:

4. Neil Young with Frank “Poncho” Sampedro and Booker T & the MGs perform Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” in Nürburg, Germany, on May 18, 2002:

5. Jarry Garcia & David Grisman – The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest:

6. Patti Smith – Drifter’s Escape:

7. Fairport Convention – Dear Landlord:

8. Brian Auger Trinity & Julie Driscoll – I Am A Lonesome Hobo:

9. Thea Gilmore – I Pity The Poor Imigrant:

10. Tim O’Brien – The Wicked Messenger:

11. Johnny Jenkins with Duane Allman – Down Along The Cove:

12. Linda Ronstadt – I’ll Be You Baby Tonight:

– Hallgeir

Other entries in the series:

Highway 61 Revisited covered
Blood on the Tracks covered
Oh Mercy covered
Street Legal covered
Planet Waves covered

3 thoughts on “Bob Dylan’s John Wesley Harding covered”

  1. The photo hack is an insult to those people who appeared in the original photo. Amateurs at work total bad taste.

    1. It’s a bad job (5minute hack job, not by me I must say!), agreed, but an insult to the people in the original? Why so serious?

      Anyway, I will put up the original (almost)

  2. great stuff, some classy versions there. This is one of my favourite Dylan albums. I listened to nothing else for several weeks when I 1st discovered it. Ive attached a link to my album of Dylan covers.

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