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96dbFreak
(acolyte)
02/25/07 04:36 AM
Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque  



After a couple of listensÖ

Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Iím sure I must have heard this song before, but it doesnít ring a bell. The first thing that strikes you is how rough, croaky and weak Bryan Ferryís voice has become. Bowieís voice has changed over the years, and he canít hit the high notes anymore, but he still sounds powerful. Bryan on the other hand seems to have lost the power he had. Nevertheless this is well done and surprisingly funky.

Simple Twist Of Fate - Bryanís voice sounds only slightly better on this, but again itís musically gorgeous, this time giving the Dylan classic a swinging country-rock feel, with some lovely violin, the arrangement being quite similar to BDís Budokan version. I loved this one from the off. I donít know if theyíve picked a single from the album yet, but they could do worse than this one.

Make You Feel My Love - Another one where Iím not familiar with the original. Itís done as a beautiful piano ballad which, I suspect, the original probably wasnít. Itís a lovely song so Iím quite keen to hear to original. Checking the net I see itís from Time Out Of Mind, which Iíve heard only once. Must seek it out again.

The Times They Are A-Changin' - Bryan was always going to do something interesting with the classic of all Dylan classics and this is great. Rocking, bluesy, driven by a powerful bass line. Thereís an almost gospel feel to the backing vocals. Gorgeous.

All I Really Want To Do - Another favourite from Budokan is given a completely different, jangly guitar, country feel here. Sweet. Bryan sounds much more like the old Bryan on this little beauty.

Knockin' On Heaven's Door - The Pat Garrett 7 Billy The Kid classic is a straight cover. No rearrangement here. Sweet angelic girly chorus, country rock accompaniment, heart-breaking delivery. Quite lovely. Another single contender, Iíd say.

Positively 4th Street - Done as a piano and (synthy?) strings ballad. Quite unlike the original. Some strange electro sounds - synth? guitar? - in there. Real strings at the end. Very nice.

If Not For You - I was first familiar with this song when it was covered by the breathtakingly beautiful Olivia Newton John in about 1971. Then I got to know the George Harrison version, then the Dylan version. I love them all and I love this one. Itís almost impossible for a decent singer to do this song badly since itís such a great song and BF does it justice.

Baby, Let Me Follow You Down - Is given a bouncy reggae treatment, with wailing harmonica. Fabulous toe-tapper. Iím finally beginning to get used to the new low-voice Ferry sound. Itís pretty good on this one.

Gates Of Eden - Organ and martial drum accompany BF as he croons this Dylan classic, before piano and guitar and bass make an appearance. Moody and magnificent.

All Along The Watchtower - The album closes with the classic Dylan cover given the rock and roll treatment, but not in the way that Jimi did it, rather in the way that Ferry does it. Excellent.

All in all this whole this is much better than I was expecting it to be. The cover is crap and Bryanís voice is not what it used to be, but he obviously loves these songs and these are some great arrangements.

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Claude
(sound & visions)
02/26/07 03:37 PM
Re: Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque new [re: 96dbFreak]  

I don't buy it!
I really hate Bob Dylan!

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Modesty_Blaise
(mortal with potential)
02/26/07 03:51 PM
Re: Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque new [re: 96dbFreak]  

Interesting review, 96dbFreak.

I just find it difficult to take this guy seriously anymore...


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Persilot
(acolyte)
02/26/07 04:11 PM
Re: Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque new [re: Claude]  

In reply to:

I really hate Bob Dylan!


Although that doesn't surprise me I still have to say that's truly appalling...

You sit there in your comfort, you don't believe I'm real. But you cannot buy protection from the way that I feel!

dice
(every nation's refugee)
02/26/07 04:32 PM
Re: Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque new [re: 96dbFreak]  

In reply to:

Itís done as a beautiful piano ballad which, I suspect, the original probably wasnít.


original is indeed a piano ballad



Claude
(sound & visions)
02/26/07 04:39 PM
Re: Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque new [re: 96dbFreak]  

And the cover is really crappy!!!

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Claude
(sound & visions)
02/26/07 04:44 PM
Re: Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque new [re: Persilot]  

Why Bryan Ferry is a Dylan's fan???
They are so different!!!!

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Tristan
(legendary cowboy)
02/26/07 05:05 PM
Re: Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque new [re: Claude]  

Jimi Hendrix was a Dylan fan. You canít tell me you donít like this.


Trying to navigate TW reminds me of what it was like having dial-up service.


Claude
(sound & visions)
02/26/07 05:17 PM
Re: Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque new [re: Tristan]  

Really???
They are so different too!!!

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96dbFreak
(acolyte)
02/26/07 05:21 PM
Re: Bryan Ferry - Dylanesque new [re: dice]  

In reply to:

Original is indeed a piano ballad


Well you learn something new every day.

In reply to:

Claude:

Why Bryan Ferry is a Dylan's fan???
They are so different!!!!


Bryan Ferry, like Bowie and Hendrix and Ian Hunter and a hundred other famous musicians, was a teenager (or some of them were in their early 20s) in the early 60s when Bob Dylan emerged writing and singing songs like no one else had ever done before. Brilliant lyrics, imaginative, ground-breaking, covering subjects that had never been covered in popular music, all with great tunes and great poetry. He influenced The Beatles to stop playing simple boy-meets-girl pop and start getting clever. Bob Dylan was one of the major influences upon popular music and without his influence it's doubtful that half of the great musical art of the last 55 years would have been possible.

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