12 August 2007

You may be familiar with my "Love my Devo, Hate my Whip It" theory thats currently sweeping the nation. Yeah, thats right, that one was mine.

Well I actually have a wealth of useless rock theories. Another involves Dylan. We'll call this one "The Dylan Cover Phenom"

For as untouchable as Bob is, there are a few tunes he's written where the cover versions happen to be better than the original.

And this is rarely true; in fact, it's hardly ever true for any other artist. 9 times out of 10 a cover is unneccessary and worse than the original. But for some reason when it comes to one of the greatest song writers of all time, there are a few instances where his stuff is just better when its interpreted by someone else.

So I've tirelessly corralled 3 main examples:
1. Manfred Mann's "Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)"
2. The Byrds version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" and
3. Jimi Hendrix doing "All Along The Watchtower"
4. I wanted to add Rod Stewart's "Forever Young" but thats a whole other can of worms that I'll get into some other time but it basically boils down to Rod ripping off Bob.

Manfred Mann "Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)"

The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man"
(You may notice The Byrds used this same opening riff for their hit "Turn! Turn! Turn!")

Jimi Hendrix "All Along The Watchtower"

This concludes my presentation. Thank you.

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