Sunday, October 5, 2008

Dylan Covers: Like A Rolling Stone

Jimi Hendrix: Like A Rolling Stone


Sebastian Cabot: Like A Rolling Stone


Here are two takes on Bob Dylan’s most famous song. One sublime; the other ridiculous.

While the most acclaimed Dylan cover of all time is probably Jimi’s version of All Along The Watchtower, which took a great song and made it even better, my favorite Dylan cover has always been Jimi’s live take on Like A Rolling Stone. It’s the antithesis of Cabot’s overwrought take. Hendrix's laid-back, slightly-funky version is pure magic. It takes a great song and makes it even more groovy.

Case in point: My favorite part is how Hendrix changes the lyric “the language that he used” to “the sweet talk that he used.”

Yes I know this is the second Jimi post today. Don’t worry.

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