Tune du Jour: “My Back Pages” – Bob Dylan
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Angry Salad  vs. Wolfgang Niedecken & Anne de Wolff  vs. Tamio Okuda & Sincerity Brothers
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You used to be so amused, At Broccoli Man, and the carrot for a guitar he used ...

You used to be so amused,
At Broccoli Man,
and the carrot for a guitar he used …

 

 

One of my favorite Dylan songs. And I’m particularly proud of all three selected covers.

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 The Original

 

Bob Dylan:

Copyrights preclude Dylan’s original version from appearing.

Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (aka “Bobfest”):

Okay this is just plain ridiculous. Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and George Harrison on stage at the same time! I mean c’mon. I don’t know, can anyone name another show that featured as many music icons on stage at the same time?

 

The Most Popular

 

The Byrds:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Angry Salad vs. Wolfgang Niedecken & Anne de Wolff vs. Tamio Okuda & Sincerity Brothers

 

Angry Salad:

Wolfgang Niedecken & Anne de Wolff:

Tamio Okuda & Sincerity Brothers:

NOTE: To view this video hit play and then click on the YouTube logo on the bottom right-hand side.

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Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

 

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

Comments
  1. Arnold Plotnick says:

    I tell you, I could watch that 30th Anniversary video all day. Incredible gathering of real rock royalty, playing spectacularly. As for the covers, I was taken with Angry Salad’s version, which was excellent, but I think Tamio Okuda and Sincerity Brothers were really terrific. Their attempt at singing in English was noble, and I liked how they went bilingual, and the guitarist with the double–necked guitar did a nice solo… they hit the high notes on the harmonies…. it was a great version. They win. Sincerity Brothers is a great name; they couldn’t have been more sincere in their tribute.

    • RDubbs says:

      It will sound cliche but I get goosebumps whenever I see/hear the Bobfest video of My Back Pages. Phenomenal song, phenomenal ensemble, phenomenal sound; in short, music at its finest!

  2. RDubbs says:

    There is no shortage of covers of this song and I listened to many of them in preparation for this post. These were my three favorite but there were quite a few that were right on the cusp and on a different day or different mood I could have easily selected differently.

    I heard the Angry Salad version early on in the process and knew immediately it would have to be included. An expert rendition with just the right amount of pep. In reading up on this band I really wish I could go back in time and catch one of their shows. It sounded like a fantastic happening up there in Boston!

    Although I found Angry Salad’s version to be, literally, fantastic, my vote came down to Niedecken or Okuda. Musically their versions were flawless and brimming with emotion. Their differing genres only added to the difficulty of choosing between them: Niedecken’s acoustic Dylanesque plea vs. Okuda’s Byrdesque pop rock defiant celebration.

    Having to make a choice I went with Niedecken. Anne de Wolff’s beautiful accompaniment was probably the deciding factor.

  3. RDubbs says:

    By the way, I had a difficult time choosing between two Niedecken/de Wolff live cuts, both of which I found to be excellent. Here is the other:

  4. Kerry Black says:

    I’m goin’ with The Byrds.

    The combination of the jingly-jangly echo of McGuinn’s magical electric twelve-string guitar, backed by the soaring angelic perfection of the vocal harmonies from the era before Crosby was fired, combine for some of the greatest “rock” music ever made.

    You wanna talk about a preponderance of talent on a single stage? Look no further than the star-studded lineup of the original Byrds.

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