Yet another 30 day music challenge
Day 18: A song that would play during your death scene if your life were a movie.
Oh, Bob Dylan’s I Shall Be Released. There are so many legendary covers of this song, I had a hard time choosing which video to post. The one I keep coming back to is this 1970 performance by The Band. It’s not the prettiest, but Bob Dylan and The Band just go together.
30 day music challenge
Day 15: A song that has been covered by another artist.
I was going to go with Brandon Boyd’s vast improvement on Elvis Costello’s Alison, but with all the chatter about Timelapse Consortium during the past couple of days, I thought something progressive would be appropriate. So here’s early Yes with a brilliant cover of Paul Simon’s America. My other idea was to focus just on the tons of great covers of Bob Dylan’s work, my favorites being Rage Against the Machine’s version of Maggie’s Farm, The Dead Weather’s New Pony, Eric Clapton’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, The Pretenders’ Forever Young, and the Band’s I Shall Be Released. Probably the most famous take on the latter was done by Joe Cocker, and of all the bazillions of Beatles covers, I think the best is his version of With A Little Help From My Friends. Then there’s Linda Ronstadt, who pretty much did nothing but covers, many of them great, but none better than her version of Neil Young’s Birds. (She covered Alison too, by the way.) I could go on and on forever with this, but I’ll just mention three more: the Chili Peppers’ cover of Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground, Chris Cornell’s cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, and the Foo Fighters’ cover of Arcade Fire’s Keep the Car Running.
The Band - The Weight
I have a friend who runs the library at a small college up in Ohio and has a weekly show on the college radio station. He recently played something by The Band, and it reminded me how great they were. This is one of their best, The Weight, and in case you missed it, here’s an awesome cover by The Black Crowes.
Wow, I hadn’t heard this before. One of the best bands of the 90s covering the best song by one of the best bands of the 60s/70s. The planets really align here.
The Black Crowes - “The Weight” (The Band Cover) - 1995