Inspiration Index Dylan tends to release albums of non-original material when his own songwriting is at a low ebb. Six covers — three at the top of the record, four at the bottom — sandwich four “meh” originals on the first Dylan record to consist primarily of others’ material in 15 years. Dylan’s debut consists of 11 bluesy covers of songs by Bukka White, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and others (along with two originals) legendarily recorded over two days for $400. Shot of Love finds Dylan still in born-again mode, but he's starting to come alive again -- which isn't as much a value judgment as it is an observation that he no longer seems beholden to repeating dogma, loosening up and crafting songs again. Love Minus Zero / No Limit (1965) Maggie's Farm (1965) Make You Feel My Love (1997) Man In The Long Black Coat (1989) Masters Of War (1963) Mississippi (2001) Mother Of Muses (2020) Mozambique (1976) Murder Most Foul (2020) Must Be Santa (2009) My Back Pages (1964) My Own Version Of You (2020) My Wife's Home Town (2009) Narrow Way (2012) Nashville Skyline Rag (1969) Playing Covers With Bob Guitarist Larry Campbell, who played in Dylan’s band from 1997 to 2004, talks about his old boss’s approach to covering other composers’ material in concert. We’ll meet again some day Bob Dylan lyrics - Find all lyrics for songs such as Forever Young, Eve Of Destruction, Blowin' In The Wind at (C) 1974 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment These folk and blues songs — performed by Dylan accompanied only by his own nimble acoustic-guitar playing — are full of murder, resentment, loss, love, and acceptance. World Gone Wrong. My next nigh on impossible task (thanks to my Dylan twitter friends), is to select my best Bob Dylan love songs. Your email address will not be published. A sequel of sorts to 2015’s Shadows in the Night, this is an even more gorgeous album of American standards, all once recorded by Sinatra, with the exception of Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael’s beautiful bit of mystical ornithology, “Skylark.” Dylan’s small-band sound has been reduced to a fabulous consommé, full of pedal steel, brushed drums, and his own oddly apt croak — perfect slow-dance music. I heard her say over my shoulder 69 performances: “Cocaine Blues” Another decades-long Dylan mainstay, this traditional bad-boy boogie was ­performed by him first in 1963 and most recently in 1999 in an arrangement taken from the ­Reverend Gary Davis. But that was many Dylan … Daphne and Simon’s pained love struggles to wiggle through the walls around their hearts. 138 performances: “Not Fade Away” Also a frequent cover choice by his buddies the Grateful Dead; Dylan first played this Buddy Holly and Norman Petty rave-up in 1986. The following is my list of Dylan’s top 70 songs. So here’s what Bob sings when he doesn’t sing his own songs, which is more often than you might think. I can deal with the situation Top 15 Songs Proves Us That Bob Dylan Is a Literary Genius, 18 Bob Dylan Songs About Foods - What is Typical Bob…, 20 Nice Bob Dylan Songs to Listen This Week. Despite the extensive personnel — 11 guitarists are listed in the credits — a vocal, instrumental, and production laziness pervades. I long to reach for you in the night Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead, Most of the time 111 performances: “Searching for a Soldier’s Grave” This haunting ballad, written by Jim Anglin (and also a favorite of Dylan’s idol Hank Williams), was subject to a brief but intense Bob fixation: He first played it in 2000 and last played it in 2002. Black Diamond Bay. This list is Generated Based on The Votes of Bob Dylan Fans, She was married when we first met “Bob gave everybody cassettes of tunes he wanted to cover. 96 performances: “Little Moses” A folk retelling of the Passover story, usually performed by Dylan as a solo acoustic number and set to the arrangement by country-music giant A. P. Carter. He was never specific about an arrangement, like, ‘I want to do it this way.’ The songs attained their character in rehearsal, after we kicked them around in the dirt a bunch of times. I think the bard would agree that every listener comprehends and is affected by his lyrics independently. I helped her out of a jam I guess Iggy Azalea Tweets That Playboi Carti Skipped Son’s Christmas for Album Drop, “Imagine not flying out your family on Christmas but you have the girl you cheated on my my entire pregnancy at your album party.”. I love you more than ever, more than time and more than love. If you see me do it, any idiot could do it. Everything Bob did was odd, so nothing was odd.”. Singularities This list contains songs written by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, including those … It was first played 1960, last played in 2002. Nobody cares. Two people miserably entering into a marriage based on half-truths and crushed dreams? And I don’t even think There was no discussion about the significance of the songs. Bob Dylan and the Blues: leaving town in all directions at once; Bob Dylan: the protest singer. : a sloppy take on Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. 82 performances: “Alabama Getaway” Another Garcia-Hunter Grateful Dead composition, though more hard-charging and bluesy than “Friend of the Devil.”. Therefore, I make no argument for this list’s definitiveness. There’s enough songs. Well, not really. There’s enough songs for people to listen to, if they want to listen to songs. This short list excludes songs reviewed in the “Why does Bob Dylan like…” series. But there’s some fun and heartbreak and qu’est-ce que c’est among the throwaways. Bob Dylan is our most celebrated living songwriter. Now aware of the backstory driving Simon’s behavior, Daphne takes steps to defrost the marital thaw. Paying Homage Dylan isn’t typically effusive about his songwriting peers, but he has seen fit to shout out a couple of his contemporaries and also cover their songs. Log in or link your magazine subscription, Breaking Down Bob Dylan’s Love of Cover Songs, Sorry to This Man Who Is Not Chris Pine in, A Beat-by-Beat Explanation of What Happens in, Guy Branum Found the Magic of Hanukkah and Shared it with Bananamore’s, Soho House Billionaire Buys Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. Learn how your comment data is processed. A selection of obscure love ballads previously sung by Sinatra — including four from his classic 1957 midnight-mood record Where Are You? 80 performances: “Roving Gambler” This traditional ne’er-do-well tale, first recorded by Kelly Harrell in 1925, has the longest span between first and most-recent Dylan performances of any song on this list. Love you more than madness, more than waves upon the sea. Abandoned it out west I can’t make it all match up Though I am confident in my list as a whole, I … 72 performances: “Autumn Leaves” That’s 72 and counting, since Bob only started playing Joseph Kosma’s lilting ballad (with original French lyrics by the poet Jacques Prévert and English lyrics by Johnny Mercer) in 2015, and was ­playing it again as recently as last month. I wouldn’t change it if I could But as far as songwriting, any idiot could do it. 90 miles an hour down a dead end street; Alberta (1 and 2) Baby Please Don’t Go; Corrina Corrina; See that my grave is kept clean; You wanna ramble Blowin' In The Wind. Bound To Lose, Bound To Win (Witmark Demo, early 1963) The Boxer. The first stand out love or lost-love song that Bob Dylan recorded was not one of his own compositions but was an arrangement of the classic Corrina Corrina which dates back to 1928. It’s just not that difficult of a thing.” —Bob Dylan, 1991. These are the ones he’s played the most. Dylan has performed these notable tunes live just once. The most cursed real estate transaction since Katy Perry and the nuns. Already a subscriber? But I used a little too much force It’s well understood Both agreeing it was best This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Dylan’s progression in love songs is very easy to be noticed. Blue Moon. Bob Dylan's Dream. © 2020 Vox Media, LLC. Gordon Lightfoot Bob’s Praise: “Gordo’s been around as long as me … I can’t think of any [of Lightfoot’s songs] I don’t like.” Songs Covered: “Early Mornin’ Rain,” “I’m Not Supposed to Care,” and “Shadows.”, Warren Zevon Bob’s Praise: “Zevon was a musician’s musician — a tortured one.” Songs Covered: “Accidentally Like a Martyr,” “Boom Boom Mancini,” “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” “mutineer.”, “As a matter of fact, if nobody wrote any songs from this day on, the world ain’t gonna suffer for it. Bojangles” and a rasping run though Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.”. The anguish expressed on the Hank Snow classic “Ninety Miles an Hour (Down a Dead End Street),” as throughout, is the wrong kind: felt musically, not spiritually. Dylan rerecorded the song for Love and Theft in May 2001. The Duke and new Duchess of Hastings are enthusiastically banging all over Clyvedon Castle, but are soon yanked from their happy marriage bed. These folk and blues songs — performed by Dylan accompanied only by his own nimble acoustic-guitar playing — are full of murder, resentment, loss, love, and acceptance. I love you more than money and more than the stars above. The song was originally recorded during the Time Out of Mind sessions (demo sessions in Fall 1996; official album sessions in January 1997), but it was ultimately left off the album. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream. Dylan’s first entirely solo acoustic album since 1964’s Another Side of Bob Dylan beautifully mines the work of songwriters both anonymous and known, like Mississippi John Hurt (“Frankie and Albert”) and the Mississippi Sheiks (“Sitting on Top of the World”), moving through lost worlds of condemned sailors, cuckolding Gypsies, and other outsider tales with a frailty that’s both welcoming and rebellious. Music video by Bob Dylan performing Forever Young (Slow Version) [audio]. Bob Dylan's incredible gospel era has gone down in history as one of his most successful changes in direction. The collection finds Dylan perfectly attuned to the spirits inhabiting these mournful love songs. Bob Dylan lyrics - 496 song lyrics sorted by album, including "Forever Young", "The Times They Are A-Changin'", "Masters Of War". But while he’s been busy, you know, reshaping popular music, he’s also undertaken a parallel career as a singer of other people’s material, releasing albums, including the new Fallen Angels, consisting solely of other songwriters’ compositions and performing a dizzying range of covers in concert. “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” Written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper, “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” Written by Richard Thompson, “Around and Around” Written by Chuck Berry, “Ball and Biscuit” Written by Jack White, “Dancing in the Dark” Written by Bruce Springsteen, “Heartbreak Hotel” Written by Mae Boren Axton, Thomas Durden, and Elvis Presley, “Here Comes the Sun” Written by George Harrison, “Stand by Me” Written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller, “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” Written by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser, and James Dean, “Yesterday” Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. I can hold my own On the avenue Bob Dylan's Blues. Jamie Dornan’s Children Hate His Singing More Than You Hate Anything, All You Wanted for Christmas Is to Stream Mariah. E.g. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2019 Blu-spec CD2 CD release of Make You Feel My Love: Love Songs Of Bob Dylan on Discogs. Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead. 96 performances: “Friend of the Devil” Dylan covers were often highlights of Grateful Dead concerts, and the bard returned the favor with frequent renditions of Jerry Garcia, John Dawson, and Robert Hunter’s shaggy-dog tale. Soon to be divorced “Love And Theft” is the 31st studio album by songwriter Bob Dylan. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1990 Multicolored Vinyl release of Love Songs For America on Discogs. As I was walkin’ away Bob Dylan's New Orleans Rag (NY Town Hall, Apr 12 1963) Bonnie Ship The Diamond (Basement song, 1967) Boom Boom Mancini (by Warren Zevon. And I can endure Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed. About her And we had no real preconceived notions about arrangement. Written by: Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream. Right down to the bone Optimistic and funny, this album is full of sleigh-bell-laced, gently swinging versions of holiday classics with plenty of cheery choral singing and martial drum rolls. So young and already a man of constant sorrow fixin’ to die, albeit with a laugh and a wheeze in his throat and a vivaciousness in his strumming and harp-blowing. We made a playlist of them all. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. As an introduction, let me say that Together Through Life (April 2009), in my humble opinion is his most romantic album.It also depends on which reviews you read, as many of the songs are open to diverse interpretations (but that is the way Bob rolls). I can survive, That’s a different story. All rights reserved. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” reportedly broke Spotify’s single-day streaming record. Christmas in the heart, yes, absolutely — less so, it must be said, in the artist’s throat. This covers-heavy effort was widely panned on release, the first of Dylan’s albums to be so received. Tenderly gruff and often brutally insistent, songs like “Two Soldiers” and “Love Henry” are covers for what Dylan in the liner notes called a “New Dark Ages.” Fittingly, the music contained here is apocalyptic and infinite, making for his best album of non-originals. [Laughs.] She turned around to look at me Born In Time. Mixologist Stanley Tucci Returns to Your Home With a Christmas Cosmo Recipe, “No pomegranates were harmed in the making of this cocktail.”, The five-track project is a follow-up to 2019’s, Let Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Zazz Up Your Holidays With an Original Song, Baby Yoda Loves Robert Rodriguez’s Acoustic Freestyle, Dixie D’Amelio D’rops Music Video for New Song ‘Roommates’, “merry Christmas, happy holidays and i sure as fuck hope 2021 is better than 2020”. Most of the time. I long to see you in the morning light. Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead. Hollywood Angel First Release: Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings First Played: Last Played: Times Played: 0 Honest with Me First Release: “Love and Theft” First Played: Oct 05, 2001 Last Played: Nov 02, 2019 Times Played: 739 If you don’t consider his breakup songs, like “Dirge”, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”, and pretty much Blood on the Tracks in its entirety, there are still a lot of great ones. 59 performances: “I Am the Man, Thomas” Dylan and band delivered a sprightly two-stepping version of Ralph Stanley and Larry Sparks’s bluegrass classic on tour from 1999 to 2002. Dylan’s 1997 Time Out of Mind was his first collection of new material in some seven years, and the songs reflect his depression at the loss of his wife, Carolyn Dennis, through divorce. Fall 2002) Boots of Spanish Leather. Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer–songwriter, author, poet and painter who has been a major figure in popular music for more than five decades. "Mississippi" is the second song on Bob Dylan's 2001 album Love and Theft. The 50 best Bob Dylan songs of all time By Charlie Burton, Bill Prince 15 June 2020 As Bob Dylan releases his 39th studio album Rough And Rowdy Ways, GQ presents a ranking of his essential songs Bob Dylan has had his music used in so many movies, it's almost become a cliché. We drove that car as far as we could Songs reviewed on this site not written in whole or part by Bob Dylan. We tried to cop the feel and the changes of the original as efficiently as possible, but it always became a personal interpretation because he would leave out a verse or go to the bridge early or sometimes follow it exactly. For every man, woman, and child on earth, they could be sent, probably, each of them, a hundred records, and never be repeated. Love you more than life itself, you mean that much to me. Dylan’s Most-Played Covers Dylan got his start playing non-original material and he’s never stopped, offering covers at just about every concert he plays. 60 performances: “Barbara Allen” Dylan has cited the influence of ­centuries-old Child ballads on his own songwriting, and this tragedy in song is perhaps the finest example. View Bob Dylan song lyrics by popularity along with songs featured in, albums, videos and … Make way for Simon Bassett, Duke of Hastings, and his metric ton of daddy issues. Bob Dylan's Blues. Bob Dylan's Dream. 1. *Sorry, there was a problem signing you up. The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York” is still the go-to for ragged Christmas groaning, but this is a reasonable backup, especially Dylan’s joyous beer-hall polka take on “Must Be Santa.”, Dylan’s first absolutely-all-covers album was put together by his then-former, now-current label, Columbia, entirely without the artist’s input, and it was a critical and commercial dud. Ever since you walked right in, … Unless someone’s gonna come along with a pure heart and has something to say. I long to reach for you in the night. *This article appears in the May 16, 2016 issue of New York Magazine. It’s 73 minutes of half-baked cuts like the folk ballad “In Search of Little Sadie” and versions of “Blue Moon” and “The Boxer” that will send you right back to Elvis and Simon and Garfunkel. Tangled up in blue, Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed Sign me up! It’s an ugly blues-rock set that doesn’t manage to put across any of the lovelorn lyrics he borrows. Fred Tanneau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption Bob Dylan's new single, "Murder Most Foul," is 17 minutes long and references more than 70 songs. It was recorded from 8th-21st May 2001 and released on 11th September 2001. Break out your historical romance bingo cards, this episode has it all. I long to see you in the morning light As for the lyrics, there were some times when he had words written out on top of his keyboard, but his retention for lyrics is pretty remarkable. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is really the first proper Bob Dylan record, and its tracklist is staggering, containing a number of not just classic Dylan songs, but classic songs period. Split up on a dark sad night You\'ll receive the next newsletter in your inbox. But that pairing of song and film has also created some of the most iconic moments in cinema history. Blood In My Eyes. On 1995's Relish, the album that made Joan Osborne a star, one of the highlights was a darkly soulful cover of Bob Dylan's "Man in the Long Black Coat." Blackjack Davey. The following list of 10 songs does not reflect the most famous Bob Dylan material. — and all rendered in spare and haunting fashion by Dylan’s five-piece touring band (plus subtly lugubrious horns) instead of the usual massive orchestra associated with pre-rock pop. From the years 1979 to 1981, Bob Dylan released three albums: Slow Train Coming (1979) Saved (1980) Shot of Love (1981) They were made in succession and they were (though ill-received somewhat at the time) absolutely awesome. Dylan’s Covers Albums, Ranked Best to Worst. Stay, lady, stay, stay while the night is still ahead Blind Willie Mctell. Most of the time It seems like only yesterday that we launched our inaugural Top Songs List, featuring the greatest work of one of our all-time heroes, his Bobness.
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