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Waterboys covers Bob Dylan – Happy Birthday, Mike Scott!

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I love The Waterboys in all it’s incarnations and I’ve had a relationship with them almost as long as with Bob Dylan. I have seen them live a lot of times, many more than I’ve seen Dylan. I know that a Waterboys concert is always good, sometimes magical. Last time I saw them was when they opened for Neil Young in Bergen 2014, they were great! They have played several venues in Norway 2015.

I’m a sucker for good cover versions and Mike Scott certainly knows how to do that. Please check out his reading (from his own book, Adventures of a Waterboy) down in this post, it is a wonderful story.

All the pictures were taken at a show in Haugesund, Norway in 2012.

Let’s start with a phenomenal version of Dylan’s Girl from the North Country:

And a live version from Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 8th December 2013:

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse and Waterboys Bergen August 1 2014 a report – videos

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 What a night it was!

We, me and my wife Kathrine, drove up to Bergen in warm and sunny weather and the forecasts said that was the way it would be at the venue in the evening as well. The fucker in control of the weather should get a beating. We’ve never been so soaked in our entire lives, and we’ve lived in Bergen for more than 7 years (yeah, I know, we should know better than to trust the weather forecasts in Bergen).

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We wouldn’t be wetter if we jumped into the fjord (I tried to hold my mobile-phone still, but to no avail, it rained too hard!).


Waterboys were great, it is always hard to play second fiddle, but they did a good set. If it was a stand-alone gig, with more Waterboys fans it would’ve been a night to remember. Today they were “warm-up” to the main attraction. Mike Scott knew this and at a point he said:

“Normally I play a guitar-solo at this point, but not before Neil Young, do you think I’m crazy?”

When they started Glastonbury Song the heavens opened, at first I was thinking that a guy with a hose stood behind us and soaked us in water, but then I realized that the gods had flushed the skies. We were wet to our underwear in two minutes.

The Waterboys set list:

1. The Whole of the moon
2. We will not be lovers
3. I’m still a freak
4. The Pan within
5. A girl called Johnny
6. Low down in the broom
7. Raggle Taggle Gypsy
8. Mad as the mist and snow
9. Glastonbury song
10. Fisherman’s blues

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Neil Young & Crazy Horse came on and played Be the rain (not played live in about ten years), it was so fitting, and it seemed like a thing he decided there and then, but I know that the song had been rehearsed at sound check earlier on the tour.  That doesn’t matter, we became the rain, his message soaked in, the stage was set.

We had tickets for last years cancelled show, and we jumped at the opportunity when new a new show was announced. Last years show was cancelled when Frank «Poncho» Sampedros broke his hand. Last night “Poncho” had a great shirt on, it depicted an X-Ray of a hand flipping us the finger.

This night we got the environmental-cowboy Neil Young , he was a rabid preacher and a true force of nature, and he did a tremendous job! We got the guitar wall and we got the tender protester, Neil Young gave us his best.

The highlights of the evening for me was, Love to burn and Tonight’s the night.

Tonight’s the night:

In addition to being a preacher and a guitar-god he did two acoustic numbers, a beautiful Blowing in the wind that drifted into a very good Heart of gold. All good, in fact, all great!

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Heart of Gold:

Last I saw Neil Young he gave us a greatest hits set and it was superb, last night he chose more carefully. The Concert had a theme, this time Young had an agenda, he has an important message: we need to save our earth! No less. And it was just as good. He has a treasure-chest of songs, and many of the songs that are kind of underwhelming on record, comes to life in a live setting.

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The 5 Best box sets and reissues of 2013


I am one of those old guys that still buy physical copies of art (albums). I say it is because I need it to play in the car, but that’s really just an excuse. I love the sensation of unpacking a new album, the feel, the artwork, the printed lyrics, the smell, hell, the whole package!

When the record companies have sold me all the classic albums, they release them again, with better sound, with more songs and bonus features, I don’t feel cheated, I feel blessed. I love archival music stuff, and long to hear studio outtakes, live takes and alternative versions of songs.

It has been a good year for music archivists, and my favorite reissues/archival releases this year are:

 1. Bob Dylan – Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) The Bootleg Series Vol.10


This is from my post right after I bought the box set:

I have now had a few days listening to the new Bootleg series 10 deluxe box set. It is very interesting, and it is actually rather good. I am one of those few that kind of liked the original album, so I expected to like Another Self Portrait. I was not expecting that I would like it as much as I do.

That said, there are two things that stand out however. The first is the demo version of When I Paint My Masterpiece, it knocked me out. It is breathtakingly beautiful.

But the best of the release is the full Isle of Wight performance with The Band, and I really did not expect that!

– Hallgeir Olsen (Johannasvisions.com)

When I paint my masterpiece – Demo:

A fantastic historical document!

2. The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971


A 4-CD/1-DVD box set chronicles Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel’s 1971 concerts at New York’s Academy of Music, featuring arrangements by New Orleans great Allen Toussaint.

One of the best live albums in rock history got the deluxe treatment, and yes, it got even better. Rock of Ages had 18 wonderful tracks, this upgrade has 56(!) tracks with The Band (and Bob Dylan) at their very peak. 56 best takes of songs from  four evenings in 1971 (including the New-Years eve show in its entirety). I have played Rock of Ages so much I thought that nothing could surprise me, but this set did. The sound, the packaging, the liner notes and the pictures, everything is top-notch.

Life is a Carnival (Live, 1971):

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Bob Dylan – Tin Angel Revisited


Just a few thoughts on the song Tin Angel.

For me, after listening to it for two days, the most obvious masterpiece on Bob Dylan’s new album is the murder ballad, Tin Angel. It’s a story-song, the kind Dylan has done so magnificently many times before. Cross the Green Mountain, Tweeter and the Monkey Man and  Brownsville Girl springs to mind. They are extremely cinematic songs and they tell a story over many verses.  Another song that pops up in my head is the wonderful story of Spanish Jack by Willy DeVille, not very like in sound but in tone.

The music on Tin Angel is repetitive, but not in a bad way, it’s an hypnotic rhythm and a bass that sucks the wind straight out of you. It transcends ordinary music and serves as a enhancement of the fascinating story that is told over the 28 verses.

I could try to analyze the song, but I don’t think we should. It is straightforward ballad of three doomed lovers, told in a dark, dark song, and it sounds like Bob Dylan is having a hell of a time when he tells it.

After I got a comment on the original post about the song Gypsy Davy I just had to do a revision (see the bottom of the post)!

..and why is it called Tin Angel, I have an idea, but I could be off the mark. Joni Mitchell has accused Dylan of being unoriginal, and I think he is poking fun at her  by naming the song Tin Angel. The same title as a song recorded by Mitchell but written by somebody else.

Here’s the spotify link:

It is a bit difficult to see who says what in the story, I have put who I think delivers the lines after each line of dialogue in the song.

The “playas”:

The Boss
The Wife
Henry Lee

The story starts at home at the mansion:

It was late last night when the boss came home
To a deserted mansion and a desolate throne
Servant said: “Boss, the lady’s gone
She left this morning just ‘fore dawn.” (Servant)

“You got something to tell me, tell it to me, man
Come to the point as straight as you can” (The Boss)
“Old Henry Lee, chief of the clan
Came riding through the woods and took her by the hand” (Servant)

The boss he lay back flat on his bed
He cursed the heat and he clutched his head
He pondered the future of his fate
To wait another day would be far too late

“Go fetch me my coat and my tie
And the cheapest labour that money can buy
Saddle me up my buckskin mare
If you see me go by, put up a prayer” (The Boss)

The Boss is determined to “set things straight” and rides off to get his wife and to kill Henry Lee. Henry Lee is a name that we know from an old song on the Harry Smith collection (the first on the first cd). Covered by Bob Dylan earlier (as Love, Henry), also covered by Nick Cave on the album Murder Ballads. An album where Tin Angel would fit very naturally.

The next 6 verses tells us about his journey and how he sneaks up on the unknowing lovers. Dylan really sets a terrifying scene for what is about to happen. The Boss really gets into a killing mood, “he renounces his faith, he denies his lord”:

Well, they rode all night, and they rode all day
Eastward, long down the broad highway
His spirit was tired and his vision was bent
His men deserted him and onward he went

He came to a place where the light was dull
His forehead pounding in his skull
Heavy heart was racked with pain
Insomnia raging in his brain

Well, he threw down his helmet and his cross-handled sword
He renounced his faith, he denied his lord
Crawled on his belly, put his ear to the wall
One way or another put an end to it all

He leaned down, cut the electric wire
Stared into the flames and he snorted the fire
Peered through the darkness, caught a glimpse of the two
It was hard to tell for certain who was who

He lowered himself down on a golden chain
His nerves were quaking in every vein
His knuckles were bloody, he sucked in the air
He ran his fingers through his greasy hair

They looked at each other and their glasses clinked
One single unit, inseparably linked
“Got a strange premonition there’s a man close by” (Henry Lee)
“Don’t worry about him, he wouldn’t harm a fly” (The Wife)

As we hear, the wife is not very worried or affraid of her husband.

A small snippet seems to be taken from The Fire-King by Sir Walter Scott:  “He has thrown by his helmet, and cross-handled sword, Renouncing his knighthood, denying his Lord”. I’m sure there are a lot of other small “thefts” as well.

Love and theft, baby, love and theft.

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