Posts Tagged ‘The Band’

Tune du Jour: “Helpless” – crosby, stills, nash & Young
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Nick Cave vs. Patti Smith vs. Eddie Vedder & Eliza Jane Barnes
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Everybody’s Dressin’ Funny … Cover Me Impressed!

 

 

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”

  Aldous Huxley

 

 

 

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The Last Waltz

 

Very nice rendition by Neil, Joni Mitchell and The Band. I’ve always wondered why Neil never recorded with Joni. They’re old buddies and her voice works well with his signature falsetto.

Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and The Band:

 

THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

 

Nick Cave vs. Patti Smith vs. Eddie Vedder & Eliza Jane Barnes
Nick Cave:

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Eddie Vedder & Eliza Jane Barnes:

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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?!!? 

Tune du Jour: “Acadian Driftwood” – The Band
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Blackie & The Rodeo Kings with Kathleen Edwards vs. Lisa Haley vs. The Roches
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A beautiful ballad by Dylan’s buddies and chosen band. The Band is too often overlooked for its brilliance, influence and sheer raw talent.

Allmusic:

For roughly half a decade, from 1968 through 1975,The Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world, their music embraced by critics (and, to a somewhat lesser degree, the public) as seriously as the music of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Their albums were analyzed and reviewed as intensely as any records by their one-time employer and sometime mentor Bob Dylan.

Wikipedia:

Acadian Driftwood is a portrayal of the troubled history of Nova Scotia and Acadia. Specifically, it is about the expulsion of the Acadians during the French and Indian War between the French and the English over what is now Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and most of Maine.

Allmusic critic Rob Bowman described Acadian Driftwood as “a slightly more complex and ambitious (and successful) down-north analog to The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune confirmed the relationship with The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, noting that it had much of “the tone and historical sensitivity” as the earlier song. The Herald-Tribune further noted that the song deals with the theme in a way that not only highlights the plight of the Acadians but also relates it to continuing oppression in the world.

The Original

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The Band:

“Bring Out Some of the Canadians” (ie, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell) – The Last Waltz

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Blackie & The Rodeo Kings with Kathleen Edwards vs. Lisa Haley vs. The Roches

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Blackie & The Rodeo Kings with Kathleen Edwards:

Lisa Haley:

The Roches:

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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?!!? 

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Tune du Jour: “Forever Young” – Bob Dylan
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Neil Young & the Grateful Dead vs. Soweto Gospel Choir
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“Free markets will not prevail without unfettered competition among cover songs.” – Milton Friedbyrd

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Forever Young is one of Bob Dylan’s most beautiful songs. The song expresses Dylan’s hopes and dreams for his children as they progress through childhood. Forever Young is a frequently covered song with the majority of artists attempting in futility to maintain the spiritual poignancy that Dylan achieved.

Forever Young first appeared on Dylan’s album Planet Waves, which was released in 1974. Two versions of the song were included on the album, a slow and fast version. For what it’s worth, I think the slow version is so vastly superior to the fast one that I question why it was even included on the album; the fast version should have been an outtake, packed away for a future rarities release. Forever Young is just one example of the magic Bob Dylan and The Band routinely conjured up. It only solidifies the excellence and expertise of one of the more underrated bands of our time, The Band.

Forever Young is also noteworthy for one of those surreal moments when time just seems to awkwardly stand still. Of course I’m referring to Howard Cosell’s inane recitation of its lyrics when Muhammad Ali outlasted Leon Spinks to win the heavyweight title for an unprecedented third time.

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Planet Waves: Slow Version

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Bob Dylan and The Band:

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Planet Waves: Fast Version

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Bob Dylan and The Band:

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The Last Waltz: Simply Outstanding Live Version

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Soweto Gospel Choir vs. Neil Young & the Grateful Dead
Soweto Gospel Choir:

Neil Young & the Grateful Dead:

Neil Young is a recipient of CMI’s universally coveted title of Bi Victor Melodious Maximus in Adversarial Replication. Among the title’s myriad of rewards and benefits, perhaps most desirous is that it bestows upon the recipient the eminently yearned for privilege of having one’s name appear in print media in bold orange!

Young’s triumphal exploits in CMI’s THE CLASH of Cover Tunes competitions are detailed below:

10/18/2013 – “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” (Bob Dylan) – Neil Young with Booker T & The MGs (100%) throttle Robyn Hitchcock (00%)

9/27/2013 – “Imagine” (John Lennon) – Neil Young (84%) wallops David Bowie (16%)

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?!!?

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