“Oh Mercy (1989) is a collection of 10 songs, best listened to at night, if you’re inclined to take that gypsy caravan down into a mythic Louisiana bayou, a world conjured up by Bob Dylan and producer Daniel Lanois. Virtually every song is a highlight, from “Political World” (which sounds just as immediate today) to the bittersweet “Shooting Star.” It’s quite an ethereal voyage from beginning to end and should withstand the test of time.”
– Josh Downham (user review, Amazon)
It is a great collection of songs and there are many artists that have tried their luck in singing them, none as good as Dylan’s original versions (as usual) but there are some good ones out there. I have tried to collect some of the best.
My favourites are Ron Sexsmith, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Jones and Willie Nelson.
Street-Legal is the eighteenth studio album by Bob Dylan, released on June 15, 1978 by Columbia Records. The album was a serious musical departure for Dylan, who uses a large pop-rock band—complete with female backing vocalists—for the first time. Not his most critically acclaimed album, but I know a lot of people who loves it dearly (myself among them).
The originals are better, I agree, but I love to hear what other artists can do with such great material.
My favourites here are Ian Hunter, Patti Smith and Jerry Garcia.
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.
Buddy Miller – With God on our side – The Best Dylan Covers
With God on Our Side was released as the third track Bob Dylan’s 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin’. Dylan first performed the song during his debut at The Town Hall in New York City on April 12, 1963. Dylan is known to sing the song only rarely in concert.
Buddy Miller recorded the song for his 2004 album Universal United House of Prayer.
Universal United House of Prayer is Buddy Miller’s fifth solo album, and his first for New West Records. The album appeared for one week and reached No. 64 on theBillboard Top Country Albums chart. It received the 2004 Americana Music Award for Album of the Year for 2004, and contains the Mark Heard-penned song “Worry Too Much”, which won the award for Song of the Year that same year.
Watkins Family Hour – Going, Going, Gone – The Best Dylan Covers
“Going, Going, Gone” is a song by Bob Dylan. It was released in 1974 on the album Planet Waves. The song is in the key of F major and deals with the themes of reflection and suicide. Bob Dylan is accompanied by The Band.
Sarah Jarosz – Ring Them Bells – The Best Dylan Covers
Ring Them Bells is included on the Bob Dylan album Oh Mercy, his twenty-sixth studio album, released on September 18, 1989 by Columbia Records. Produced by Daniel Lanois, it was hailed by critics as a triumph for Dylan, after a string of weaker-reviewed albums.