Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Dylan Covers: Going, Going, Gone

Son Volt: Going, Going, Gone [purchase downloadable EP]

The original "Going, Going, Gone" comes from the surprisingly lackluster Dylan/Band reunion album, Planet Waves (1974). Son Volt's cover was included on their promotional Switchback EP, which was released to radio simultaneous with their second album, Straightaways (1997). However, prior to this recording "Going, Going, Gone" was a staple on the band's first tour, way back when Jay Farrar was still tearing up his Gibson SG, Mike Heidorn was drumming, and Uncle Tupelo songs were a regular part of Son Volt's setlists. When I saw them play The Backstage in Seattle (12/11/95) they encored with this obscure Dylan number , The Stanley Brothers' harmony-riffic "She's More To Be Pitied," and Merle Haggard's prison anthem, "Sing Me Back Home." If you can find a better trifecta of roots music consciousness, I'd like to hear it.

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