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.

 

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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1987

Howlin’ Wolf, to me, was the greatest live act, because he did not have to move a finger when he performed – if that’s what you’d call it, “performing.” I don’t like people that jump around. When people think about Elvis moving around – he didn’t jump around. He moved with grace.
-Bob Dylan (Kurt Loder interview for Rolling Stone, 1987)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead 1987 Tour

Start date July 4, 1987
End date July 26, 1987
Legs 1
No. of shows 6

Temples in Flames Tour

Start date September 5, 1987
End date October 17, 1987
Legs 1
No. of shows 30

Area Ex Autodromo
Modena, Italy
12 September 1987

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar) with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
  • Tom Petty (guitar), Mike Campbell (guitar), Benmont Tench (keyboards), Howie Epstein (bass), Stan Lynch (drums)
  • The Queens Of Rhythm: Carolyn Dennis, Queen Esther Marrow, Madelyn Quebec (backing vocals).

Joey

Born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in the year of who knows when
Opened up his eyes to the tune of an accordion
Always on the outside of whatever side there was
When they asked him why it had to be that way, “Well, ” he answered, “just
Because.”



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November 6: Watch Bob Dylan singing a great “Simple Twist Of Fate” in Frankfurt 2003

They sat together in the park
As the evening sky grew dark
She looked at him and he felt a spark tingle to his bones
’Twas then he felt alone and wished that he’d gone straight
And watched out for a simple twist of fate

Jahrhunderthalle
Frankfurt, Germany
6 November 2003

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & piano)
  • Freddie Koella (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile (drums & percussion)

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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1992

There comes a point for everything, but… ah, you know… playing music’s a full time job you know, It’s hard to shut if off and turn it off and on like a faucet.
-Bob Dylan (to Stuart Coupe, March 1992)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date March 18, 1992
End date November 15, 1992
Legs 5
No. of shows 20 in Oceania
61 in North America
11 in Europe
92 in Total

The early weeks of May found Dylan in resplendent form; some of the best shows of the NET are claimed to have come from these particular dates.
~Andrew Muir (One More Night: Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour)

The Warfield Theater
San Francisco, California
5 May 1992

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Jerry Garcia (guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)
  • Charlie Quintana (drums & percussion)

Idiot Wind

Someone’s got it in for me
They’re planting stories in the press
Whoever it is I wish they’d cut it out quick
But when they will I can only guess



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September 10 – Watch: Bob Dylan @ WTTW-TV Studios Chicago, Illinois 1975

bob dylan 10 september 1975

His presence burns from the video screen. His music bursts with aliveness. Anyone can see he’s being driven by some kind of primal force.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)

GREAT performance from Dylan & his trio (core of what would become the The Rolling Thunder tour band).. They were the last act this day.. the filming was running late & they didn’t get to play before 2 am. Still there is fire in Dylan’s eyes.. and he drives his band through the songs.

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