Bob Dylan: “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”

Posted: October 18, 2013 in THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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The Original

Bob Dylan:


The Cover Songs Competition


Robyn Hitchcock vs. Neil Young with Booker T & the M.G.’s


Robyn Hitchcock:

Unfortunately the sound quality is not the best on this live recording.

Neil Young with Booker T & the M.G.’s:

Live cut of Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues followed by a killer version of All Along the Watchtower

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?

Also, keep in mind that if you should spontaneously self-actualize while playing a cover then you could – and probably should – nominate it for Top 10 (i.e. “Impeccable”) consideration.



Votes can be cast up to seven days from the day and time of the original post.

Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.

  1. bornunderabadsign says:

    Gotta give it to Neil! Robyn sounds like he imitating Neil imitating Bob…

  2. RDubbs says:

    Love Robyn Hitchcock and he does a beautiful job but Neil’s version is simply fantastic (as is our bonus cut of All Along The Watchtower).

  3. Kerry Black says:

    The Byrds clip features a very rare lineup. Gene Clark quit in ’65 and David Crosby was fired in ’67. Clark returned for a mere three weeks in ’67 before quitting once again.

    It’s hard to find still photos of this lineup (with Clark & without Crosby), and this remains the only video clip I’ve been able to find with this lineup.

  4. Pete Black says:

    Great Neil version I recognize from what he dubbed “Bobfest”, the 30th anniversary Madison Square Garden tribute night to Dylan. An exceptional rendition of an exceptional Bobtrack. Hitchcock claimed hearing Visions Of Johanna had the greatest impression inspiring career. Despite that he sounds more like John Lennon imitating Syd Barrett backed by Monty Python.

  5. Pete Black says:

    Errr….I meant Hitchcock’s career not this cover when referencing the above.

  6. Lucky H says:

    Too high a mountain for a beleagured Robyn H, and without any visuals he’s gotta feel like he was setup here, but no shame in losing out to The Man, is there a true challenger to the crown out there??? Bring him on!

  7. Kerry Black says:

    The Hitchcock clip had very poor sound and no video. He must put forth a better effort to compete in future battles.

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