Female Bob Dylan Impersonators

(First...a word:  sorry about all the videos lately.  Too many are catching my eye!)  A month or two ago, Nat and I took the babe to see "When in Rome" at the Loma Theatre up in Michigan.  Yes...it was terrible, but it was the only thing that was showing at the time we wanted to go (trying to fit a feature film in between feedings/naps is challenging!).

The high point of the film was a song performed by Adele - "Make You Feel My Love" - a song written by Bob Dylan and included on the Time Out of Mind Album.  I've always liked the song - especially the contrast between the context of the song and Dylan's rough voice work.  It always stood out on a VERY strong album.

Hearing it in the movie got me thinking -  might Bob Dylan end up being a great - maybe the greatest - songwriter for female artists?  His works have such tender moments - but with him singing them - they end up elsewhere.  I've included the Adele version of "Make you Feel My Love" below.  But I've also included a few other covers by females as well.  I might argue that each of them are **better** than his original.  Blasphemy?  Tell me what you think.


Comments

  1. very nice, all of them..as for better than dylan himself well...it's like comparing apples to oranges, dylan is the more unique. these women do a good job though. heard a woman singer do "Tomorrow is a long time" and hated the song then because it was too sweet.

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  2. I wholeheartedly disagree. First these are not even the best covers of these songs. Adele is flat, using only her register, Baez style, no creativity, Neko is null compared to the very funky Bette Middler version, and Sophie Z thinks she is Charlotte Gainsbourg and like Charlotte did for Just Like a woman destroys Most of the time (The Dylan version is outstanding). As far as Mississipi, the 3 chicks do a far better job than Sheryl, but Bob alone can communicate the spirit of the song. For the chicks it is just music, with HIM, the lyrics speak.

    There are good Dylan cover by women, starting with several nice BOTT pieces by miss Corvette, and the 30th anniversary "Released", or Shawn Colvin's "Lonesome" ... These are the good covers - they hang on the depth of the lyrics and don't just add strings and a high pitched tremolo. They speak.

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  3. Nice feedback! Appreciate you sharing your thoughts. I'm - by no means - a Bob Dylan expert. In fact...you probably will frown on me because I like 3 "late" records best - better than earlier music. Modern Times, L&T, and TOOM are my top 3.

    But...I was born in 1978!

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  4. Cat Power's "I believe in you" fabulous on every level!

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  5. Don't miss these Dylan Covers by Patches & Gretchen - http://clck.it/94qJyb

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