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.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood is an American blues rock band formed in 2011 by Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson while The Black Crowes were on hiatus. The band has released six studio albums (and a studio Ep): Big Moon Ritual, The Magic Door, Phosphorescent Harvest, Any Way You Love We Know How You Feel, If you lived here you would be home by now (Ep), Barefoot in the head and Servants of the Sun. The band consists of Robinson, guitarist Neal Casal, keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Jeff Hill (who replaced original bassist Mark Dutton in 2016), and drummer Tony Leone (who replaced original drummer George Sluppick in January 2015).
We saw them in Oslo before the plague in 2018 they were wonderful!
They’ve played this classic Bob Dylan song for a few years, and their take on it is tremendous. They’ve given the song some real southern swagger.
Following the death of Neal Casal in August 2019 the Chris Robinson Brotherhood announced it would disband.
“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.