The Best Dylan Covers: The Flying Burrito Bros – To Ramona

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The Best Dylan Covers: The Flying Burrito Bros – To Ramona

To Ramona is a folk waltz written by Bob Dylan for his fourth studio album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. The melody is taken from traditional Mexican folk music. The song is one of the many on the album to highlight the more personal, and less political, side of Dylan’s songwriting that would become evermore prominent in the future. The song also makes many allusions to Dylan’s personal relationship with Joan Baez, at the time of its composition and subsequent release.

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The Flying Burrito Bros did a sublime version of To Ramona on their eponymous third album.

The Flying Burrito Bros is the third album by The Flying Burrito Brothers, released in 1971. Before recording sessions for the album began,Gram Parsons departed from the band for a solo career, leaving Chris Hillman and “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow to carry on. In Parsons’ place, the band hired a young unknown musician named Rick Roberts, who later was the lead singer of Firefall. Guitarist Bernie Leadon would also leave the band shortly after the album’s release, going on to found the Eagles. Still, it’s a great album!

Over the winter of 1970 to 1971 the band returned to Sunset Studios to record their third album. With Jim Dickson again the producer, the group developed original pieces mainly from Chris Hillman and Rick Roberts, along with a revisitation of Bob Dylan compositions. Several outtakes from the recording sessions later appeared on several compilations following the band’s demise.

Very good Bob Dylan cover, sounds like I think Bob Dylan would have done it if he should include it on the Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid soundtrack or on Desire.

The Flying Burrito Brothers – To Ramona:


  • Rick Roberts: vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Chris Hillman: vocals, bass
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow: pedal steel guitar
  • Bernie Leadon: vocals, guitars, banjo
  • Michael Clarke: drums

And produced by the great Jim Dickinson and Bob Hughes

Bob Dylan – To Ramona (1965):

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
The Best Dylan Covers: Jeff Beck Group – Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
The Best Dylan Covers: Susan Tedeschi – Lord Protect My Child
The Best Dylan Covers: Lucinda Williams – Tryin’ To Get To Heaven
The Best Dylan Covers: Jerry Garcia Band – Simple Twist of Faith
The Best Dylan Covers: Bruce Springsteen – All Along The WatchTower
The Best Dylan Covers: Patti Smith – Changing Of The Guards
The Best Dylan Covers: Johnny Rivers – Positively 4th Street
The Best Dylan Covers: Antony and The Johnsons – Knocking On Heaven’s Door
The Best Dylan Covers: Dave Alvin – Highway 61 Revisited
The Best Dylan Covers: 16 Horsepower – Nobody ‘Cept You
The Best Dylan Covers: Alicia Keys – Pressing On
The Best Dylan Covers: Cowboy Junkies – If You Gotta Go, Go Now
The Best Dylan Covers: Nina Simone – The Ballad of Hollis Brown
The Best Dylan Covers: Ramones – My Back Pages
The Best Dylan Covers: The Long Ryders – Masters of War
The Best Dylan Covers: Cat Power – Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis blues again

– Hallgeir

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