The Flying Burrito Brothers – To Ramona – The Best Dylan Covers

The Flying Burrito Bros – To Ramona – The Best Dylan Covers


To Ramona is a folk waltz written by Bob Dylan for his fourth studio album,  Another Side of Bob Dylan. The melody is taken from traditional Mexican folk music. The song is one of the many on the album to highlight the more personal, and less political, side of Dylan’s songwriting that would become evermore prominent in the future. The song also makes many allusions to Dylan’s personal relationship with Joan Baez, at the time of its composition and subsequent release.

The Flying Burrito Bros did a sublime version of To Ramona on their eponymous third album.

The Flying Burrito Bros is the third album by The Flying Burrito Brothers, released in 1971. Before recording sessions for the album began,Gram Parsons departed from the band for a solo career, leaving Chris Hillman and “Sneaky” Pete Kleinow to carry on. In Parsons’ place, the band hired a young unknown musician named Rick Roberts, who later was the lead singer of Firefall. Guitarist Bernie Leadon would also leave the band shortly after the album’s release, going on to found the Eagles. Still, it’s a great album!

Over the winter of 1970 to 1971 the band returned to Sunset Studios to record their third album. With Jim Dickson again the producer, the group developed original pieces mainly from Chris Hillman and Rick Roberts, along with a revisitation of Bob Dylan compositions. Several outtakes from the recording sessions later appeared on several compilations following the band’s demise.

Very good Bob Dylan cover, sounds like I think Bob Dylan would have done it if he should include it on the Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid soundtrack or on Desire.

The Flying Burrito Brothers – To Ramona:


  • Rick Roberts: vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Chris Hillman: vocals, bass
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow: pedal steel guitar
  • Bernie Leadon: vocals, guitars, banjo
  • Michael Clarke: drums

And produced by the great Jim Dickinson and Bob Hughes

Bob Dylan – To Ramona (1965):

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  1. Here’s a few more (and perhaps lesser-known) “best Dylan covers” to consider: James Solberg, Ballad of a Thin Man; Jerry Garcia Band, Forever Young; Fairport Convention, Dear Landlord; Marianne Faithful, It’s All Over Now Baby Blue; Bryan Ferry, Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues; Arlen Roth, Ballad of a Thin Man; Ronnie Earl, It Takes a Lot to Laugh… Not many better than the original, however.

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