My overall review is pretty much right on with MD23Rewls; Very few that offend me, but even less that jump out at me. Here is my all-too long, unnecessary, song by song breakdown:
1) One Too Many Mornings – Cash & The Avetts - Probably my favorite by artist selection (big Cash fan and Huge Avetts fan) and it is great to hear. If I had my druthers though, I don't think the composite does either artist the credit an individual song would have done. Check out the Avett's version from Jimmy Fallon the other night, live with just Scott, Seth and Bob; I liked it alot compared to the re-recording of the Cash/Dylan version.http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com ... -mornings/
2) Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat – Raphael Saadiq – Pleasant enough with a good sound.
3) Drifter’s Escape – Patti Smith – Nice version but not too memorable to me.
4) Ballad Of Hollis Brown – Rise Against – Not necessarily my type of music, and kind of a gimmicky cover, but I liked it a lot. Loud and angry. Seemed to fit the song.
5) Blind Willie McTell – The Nightwatchman – Nice version, kind of a Leonard Cohen vocal wannabe.
6) Corrina, Corrina – Pete Townshend – Finger picking, nothing stand out.
7) Most Of The Time – Bettye LaVette – I didn’t care for this. The instrumentation is fine but something about her voice grates on me and I didn’t like the liberties she took with the lyrics at all.
8) This Wheel’s On Fire – Charlie Winston – This was fine but nothing of a highlight.
9) Simple Twist Of Fate – Diana Krall – Piano version which is pretty. Fine vocal, but doesn’t hit the the mark anywhere near what the song is capable of.
10) You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – Brett Dennen – Typical laid-back take on the song a la Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. Somewhat annoying vocal.
11) Love Sick – Mariachi El Bronx – I thought this was cool, a Spanish flavor departure from the creepy Time Out Of Mind echo.
12) Blowin’ In The Wind – Ziggy Marley – Didn’t like this at all.
13) Changing Of The Guards – The Gaslight Anthem – I very much enjoyed this once it gets going. Makes me want to listen to the original, but a cool cover.
14) Not Dark Yet – Silversun Pickups – Pretty faithful to the original arrangement but I can’t stomach the vocals.
15) You’re A Big Girl Now – My Morning Jacket – Kind of consistent with the theme so far, pleasant enough (I like MMJ’s echoey sound) but nothing that really jumps out at you. Doesn’t hit the territory Jim James hit on the I’m Not There soundtrack with Goin’ To Acapulco, but pretty good.
16) Boots Of Spanish Leather – The Airborne Toxic Event – Starts slow but I like some of this. The violin parts are great.
17) Girl From The North Country – Sting – Fine, with some fingerpicking parts similar to the original, but can’t say I’d ever go out of my way to listen to this.
18) Restless Farewell – Mark Knopfler – Nice version, good instrumentation.
19) Outlaw Blues – Queens Of The Stone Age – This is fine for a more modern rock version similar to the original, but I’ll take the original.
20) Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Lenny Kravitz – Cranks up the speed but similar in nature to the original. Can’t say I’m much of a Kravitz fan but this isn’t a bad listen.
21) One More Cup Of Coffee – Steve Earle & Lucia Micarelli – Boring.
22) Heart Of Mine – Blake Mills & Danielle Haim – Laid back version of an, in my opinion, underrated song.
23) You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go – Miley Cyrus – Ah the dichotomy of Hannah Montana covering Dylan. Heard a lot of flack about it but its fine by me, I think it’s a pleasant enough version. A few spots where I think she reaches too far on the vocals, but I liked it.
24) Lay Down Your Weary Tune – Billy Bragg – Love it!
25) License To Kill – Elvis Costello – Understated version, Elvis does well with this. A little more rhythm would have helped this one along.
26) Lay Lady Lay – Angelique Kidjo – Not sure what to make of this, other than it doesn’t go anywhere.
27) Ring Them Bells – Natasha Bedingfield – Nothing wrong with this I guess, but not my style of music. I keep thinking of Lilith Fair when I hear it.
28) Love Minus Zero / No Limit – Jackson Browne – There’s nothing wholly standout here but I just love the sound and pace here for some reason. A good song to drive to.
29) Seven Curses – Joan Baez – Pretty and menacing, yet without the drive of Dylan’s.
30) No Time To Think – Belle Brigade – Fits this group better than Dylan, good song choice for them.
31) Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You – Sugarland – Fun enough live version, she has some pipes. If you want a really fantastic live version, check out My Morning Jacket doing the arrangement a la RTR: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYdsMDRhfw0
32) Mr. Tambourine Man – Jack’s Mannequin – Pleasant background music maybe for a clothing store, but nothing memorable.
33) 4th Time Around – Oren Lavie – OK but monotonous.
34) All I Really Wanna Do –Sussan Deyhim – An opium den B-side. Bad.
35) Make You Feel My Love – Adele – I liked it better when Garth Brooks did it. And that’s not saying much.
36) With God On Our Side – K’naan – This is terrible and a bad idea.
37) I Want You – Ximena Sarina – Kind of the cutesy hipster sound you hear a lot nowadays, but I like her voice.
38) She Belongs To Me – Neil Finn & Pajama Club – Not much to say. It’s just there.
39) Bob Dylan’s Dream – Bryan Ferry - Not much to say. It’s just there.
40) Tomorrow Is A Long Time – Zee Avi - Not much to say. It’s just there. I’m seeing a trend.
41) Just Like A Woman – Carly Simon – Nobody does it better…except Dylan, Richie Havens, The Byrds…Just kidding. Nothing spectacular but it’s fine for a late night piano version.
42) The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Flogging Molly – I Love this. Haven’t heard Flogging Molly in years and it’s typical for their Irish hard rock / punk sound, but it works on this song.
43) Buckets Of Rain – Fistful Of Mercy – I like this one a lot too, cool electric slide sound with a nice rhythm on a great song.
44) Man Of Peace – Joe Perry –“… I wanted to bring it out because it's a brilliant traditional blues folk kind of song," Perry says. Err…OK…but actually I like the sound of this, nice fuzzy blues, good cover.
45) It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Bad Religion – This is fine as an older-school punk cover of a great song. A good sound that is pretty sincere.
46) Desolation Row – My Chemical Romance – I don’t vehemently hate this like a lot of people seem to do, but I don’t like it. It could be done a lot better at that pace and in that style.
47) Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Nadir Khayat (RedOne) – Do any versions of this song ever sound any different? I don’t think I could respond to this song by anyone anymore, but certainly not this one.
48) Abandoned Love – Paul Rodgers & Nils Lofgren – This is a very cool version, love the guitar and wait till the accordion kicks in.
49) New Morning – Chuck Criss & Darren Criss – I like the idea of the acoustic New Morning and a couple of brothers playing and singing together, but it’s a little too clean cut for me. Still not bad though, and I like the strings later in the song.
50) The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll – Cage The Elephant – I’ve heard a few of the originals from these guys and I thought they would kill if they had the right Dylan song. Unfortunately I don’t think this is it. This goes OK, but never goes anywhere. A serious misappropriation.
51) It Ain’t Me, Babe – Band Of Skulls – I like their voices and the laid back sound with the lonesome slide.
52) Property Of Jesus – Sinead O Connor – One of my guilty pleasure Dylan songs. I have a tough time stomaching O’Connor, but I will just judge the music and I thought it was a fine listen.
53) Shelter From The Storm – Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project – I’ve liked this one a lot, I really enjoy the instrumentation, nice guitar playing.
54) Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Ke$ha – I’ll leave it with SirDogg’s comments, “And that Kesha track is the worst, is she crying? Does she have a cold? Or do she sound like that?” Good Lord.
55) Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Kronos Quartet –The Amnesty International crew that put this compilation together must have known they needed another version of this great song to cleanse the palette after that last trainwreck. A quartet founded in 1973, I like hearing these types of interpretations of Dylan songs, though I don’t think I’d classify this as my favorite.
56) I Shall Be Released – Maroon 5 – Nothing wrong with this version. Love to hear that organ.
57) Political World – Carolina Chocolate Drops – I like this a lot and love the CCD. Very cool version, though I would have probably liked to see a version of some of the other songs they were considering per the article with Dom Flemons, can you imagine Black Diamond Bay, Went To See The Gypsy or say the Tangled Up In Blue with the ’84 lyrics? http://www.examiner.com/bob-dylan-in-na ... kson-cover
58) Like A Rolling Stone – Seal & Jeff Beck – Actually not as bad as it looks on paper. I still get mildly offended when someone tries to cover LARS, but they do OK here.
59) Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream – Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band – I HATE this. Embarrassing.
60) Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power ) – Dierks Bentley – I’d already picked up the album version of his cover, so this live version wasn’t a surprise. I like it a lot, they do a good job. Cool to hear the ‘bluegrass’ reworking of the song.
61) One Of Must Know (Sooner Or Later) – Mick Hucknall – A very faithful version, only thing I miss of the original is Kenny Buttrey, feels empty without that snare. And Dylan, I guess.
62) I’ll Remember You – Thea Gilmore – Nice sound, I like her a lot. Check out her John Wesley Harding cover album…awesome.
63) John Brown – State Radio – Kind of a cool sound, but nothing that really jumps up and makes a name for itself.
64) All Along The Watchtower – Dave Matthews Band – Certainly heard their version many times over the years. Not a Dave fan by any means. I don’t really mind their version; maybe it’s from hearing it so many times. It has its place.
65) Subterranean Homesick Blues – Michael Franti – Nice upbeat version I guess. Reminds me of a Fruit Of The Loom commercial or something.
66) Mama You Been On My Mind – We Are Augustines – Nothing bad, nothing memorable.
67) Tryin’ To Get To Heaven – Lucinda Williams – OK but her voice has just never really done it for me.
68) Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) – Kris Kristofferson – Cool acoustic version by one of ancients by now whom all moderns prize. Kristofferson says, "I have no illusions about myself as a singer, but I like the feel of that 'Quinn the Eskimo.' I figured I could get away with that."
69) Gotta Serve Somebody – Eric Burdon – Kind of a funky version from the man from Newcastle, though nothing that raised any hair on my neck.
70) I’d Have You Anytime – Evan Rachel Wood – Dylan by way of George by way of Marilyn Manson. Very pretty actually, though I’ve never been a terribly big fan of the song to begin with.
71) Baby, Let Me Follow You Down – Marianne Faithfull – Very cool, live version with just ukele accompaniment. Very cool.
72) Forever Young – Pete Seeger With The Rivertown Kids – I love this, maybe it’s because he’s 92 years old, or maybe it’s just because it’s a song I love and it’s a fun combination.
73) Chimes Of Freedom – Bob Dylan – I thought it was rather boorish…too much improvising on that wretched harmonica.
- The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Flogging Molly)
- One Too Many Mornings (Avetts & Cash)
- Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) (Dierks Bentley)
- Changing Of The Guard (Gaslight Anthem)