The Best Dylan Covers: Johnny Rivers – Positively 4th Street
Positively 4th Street is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan, first recorded by Dylan in New York City on July 29, 1965. It was released as a single by Columbia Records on September 7, 1965.
Johnny Rivers was probably the first to cover this song, using it as the closing track on his Realization album in 1968. Dylan said in his best selling book Chronicles: Volume Onethat he preferred Johnny Rivers’ version of “Positively 4th Street” to his own recording of the song.
“…The surprises continue right through to the rather delicate, introspective reading of “Positively Fourth Street” at the close, Rivers succeeding in evoking a vast array of thoughts and emotions. For his trouble, helped by the two hits, he was rewarded with a Top Five charting album, and one that has continued to find new admirers across the decades.”
– James Chrispell (Realization, album review at Allmusic)
A very fine album and a very good Dylan cover. It deserves its place among the best Bob Dylan covers.
Johnny Rivers – Positively 4th Street (album Version):
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The Best Dylan Covers: Emmylou Harris – Every Grain of Sand
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The Best Dylan Covers: Joan Baez – Farewell Angelina
The Best Dylan Covers: Roger McGuinn – Up To Me
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