Best Dylan Covers

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All day I’ve been thinking about my top 5 Dylan songs.  After long contemplation I’ve come to the realization that there’s no answer, because it’s constantly changing – kinda like his works.  So, I thought to myself, what are my top 5 favorite covers?

#5 – Come Una Pietra Scalciata, Articolo 31 – a popular band in Milan, Italy, Articolo 31 covered Bob’s Like a Rolling Stone.  I first heard this song in Masked & Anonymous.  Only hard-core fans have seen this movie.  Even with a stacked cast it’s a feat in itself to make it through the entire film.

#4 – Wagon Wheel, Old Crow Medicine Show – most fans of Medicine Show don’t know that Bob Dylan wrote OCMS’ most recognized song.  Well, actually he wrote the chorus.   He never officially released Rock Me Momma, however it was included in an outtake from the film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid film.  Ketch Secor of OCMS wrote autobiographical verses for the song and released it on their 2004 debut album.

#3 – Just Like a Women – Jeff, Buckley – some say Dylan wrote this song about New York socialite Edie Sedgwick, a women who often hung out with Andy Warhol.  Some people say it’s about Bob’s relationship with Joan Baez and his scorn for her.  Either way, Jeff Buckley’s voice works perfectly for this tune.

#2 –  All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix – sure, Bob released a great version on John Wesley Harding, but, Jimi owns this song.

Dylan’s reaction to the song: “It overwhelmed me, really. He had such talent, he could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them. He found things that other people wouldn’t think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using.”

#1 – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – this is quintessential Dylan singin’ and playin’.

In the documentary A Ballad of Rambin’ Jack,  Jack Elliott tells a story of when a young fellow said, “hey you sound like Bob Dylan.”  He replied, “I’ve sounded like Bob Dylan for the last 20 years.  Now you figure that out.” Classic Jack.

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