Jerry Garcia Band – Simple Twist of Fate – The Best Dylan Covers

Jerry Garcia Band – Simple Twist of Fate – The Best Dylan Covers


Simple Twist of Fate” is a song by Bob Dylan, released on his 15th studio album Blood on the Tracks in 1975.

A live performance recorded on February 28, 1978 was included on At Budokan.

The song was first covered by Joan Baez on Diamonds & Rust (1975), and has been reinterpreted by several artists since: by the Jerry Garcia Band on their 2-disc live album Jerry Garcia Band (1991) and Run for the Roses (1982), by Concrete Blonde on their Still in Hollywood (1994) collection, by Sean Costello on his self-titled album (2005), by The Format on Listen to Bob Dylan: A Tribute (2005), by Bryan Ferry on Dylanesque (2007), by Jeff Tweedy (with altered lyrics taken from a live Dylan performance) on the soundtrack for the film I’m Not There (2007), by Stephen Fretwell on Man On the Roof (2007) as a bonus track, and by Sarah Jarosz on Build Me Up From Bones (2013). Diana Krall covered it on the 2012 charity tribute to Dylan, Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.

Today we present the wonderful version by the Jerry Garcia Band.


Jerry Garcia Band is the second album, and first live album, by the Jerry Garcia Band. It was recorded in the spring of 1990 at The Warfield in San Francisco. It was released by Arista Records as a two-disc CD in August 1991.

“…the primary focus is divided between the superior choice of material and equally adroit execution. Robbie Robertson’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and Allen Toussaint’s “Get Out My Life” had become staples of Garcia’s non-Dead repertoire as far back as the mid-’70s. They have matured comfortably, yet retained a potency which continues to propel and inspire Garcia and Seals’ interactive and intuitive solos. The same holds for John Kahn’s prominence on Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate”…The initiated and initially curious alike will find much to enjoy and discover throughout Jerry Garcia Band.”
– Lindsay Planer (Allmusic)

Jerry Garcia Band – Simple Twist of Fate (Album Version):

Here is a fantastic (long!) version. Jerry Garcia Band – Simple Twist Of Fate
Recorded Live: 3/1/1980 – Capitol Theatre – Passaic, NJ:

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One thought on “Jerry Garcia Band – Simple Twist of Fate – The Best Dylan Covers

  1. Jerry does an outstanding job with this song; it was released on another live album in 2019 and as a single, too, at just short of 14 minutes.

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