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Greatest Bob Dylan Covers: If You Havent Heard Them You Suck

No My Chemical Romance’s “Desolation Row” is not included. That was an unfortunate inexcusable mistake.

Bob Dylan doest need introduction, if you dont know him you never listened to music, at least good music that is. His songs are anthem. His music is foundation of rock n roll and folk and other disputed genre even Lady Gaga. If you never discovered his music you probably slept in your history class or maybe you’re just every inch hopeless. Anyhow, if the good oldies are not your thing of fascination (poor audio recordings, rich composition is still good music) here are songs that are almost good as the original, if only they are the genius who made them. Also the artists covering the songs are not at all new and that speaks plain greatness that deserves tribute from the great.

Man In The Long Black Coat – Joan Osbourne

The vocals are just powerful but not forceful, easy on the ears but hard to process on your mind. If I thought of this song as something religious blame One of Us and her distinct vocals.

One More Cup of Coffee – The White Stripes

How can Jack White sound orgasmic and still ring misery in every note? Its perfectly a tribute when he audio copied the way Bob Dylan sung the chorus. This is completely fascinating to listen.

It Aint Me Babe – Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash

One of personal Bob Dylan favorite I have to mention and the first family of country music singing it solidifies my trust in my music preference. Of course its more folkish country than it should be. Its amazing I ran out of appropriate words to describe it.

Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat – Beck

Whatever the title means. If you didnt bop your head to the rhythm there’s something wrong with you. I only wish the last five seconds of the song lasted another four minutes.

All Along the Watch Tower – Jimi Hendrix

Turn the lights off. Close your eyes. You’ll see what I mean, literally. Hendrix is the ultimate guitar god.
Masters of War – Pearl Jam

Did you shiver along with the vocals? Intentionally shake every words intensified the emotion that the song would like to convey.

Wicked Messenger – Patti Smith

Among the covers on this list, this song made me think of Bob Dylan the most, maybe because of the lyrics. This ballad is more powerful with the growling vocals to it and the sticky drumbeats that rides along smoothly to the thrilling guitars.

I cant find a video.  Apologies.

If Not For You – George Harrison

Why would a Beatle cover other artists song? Because he is greater than them. George Harrison serenades us with charming vocals you wish he have done more love songs.

Maggie’s Farm – Rage Against the Machine

I didnt like RAtM but this song is an anthem of defiance and they killed and made me their fan.

My Back Pages – The Ramones

With the grandfather of punk covering it, what used to be a folk existential musing became as punk as Sheena. If you’re a fan of recent punk you must love the song.

Tomorrow Is A Long Time – Nick Drake

Just as soulful as every other Nick Drake song, the kind that seeps through and pinch your heart. Its pretty short for a Dylan song it will leave you listening to it again.

So folks is Bob Dylan the greatest musician ever or what?

A Dire Important Question: Lennon or Dylan?

Who is the better songwriter? Bob Dylan or John Lennon?

While you are weighing the greatness of these two legends, my friends let me take you down to Strawberry Fields err memory lane.

Long ago when man is still living in the remnants of world war II, a Swiss chemist conceived what he did not expect to be a hallucinogenic drug.  He took some for himself and eureka! the first ever LSD high known to man is recorded.  Our friends over at Wikipedia said that the effects of it are, in all quotes verbatim “Some psychological effects may include an experience of radiant colors, objects and surfaces appearing to ripple or “breathe,” colored patterns behind the eyes, a sense of time distorting (time seems to be stretching, repeating itself, changing speed or stopping), crawling geometric patterns overlaying walls and other objects, morphing objects, a sense that one’s thoughts are spiraling into themselves, loss of a sense of identity or the ego (known as “ego death“), and powerful, and sometimes brutal, psycho-physical reactions interpreted by some users as reliving their own birth. Many users experience a dissolution between themselves and the “outside world”.This unitive quality may play a role in the spiritual and religious aspects of LSD. The drug sometimes leads to disintegration or restructuring of the user’s historical personality and creates a mental state that some users report allows them to have more choice regarding the nature of their own personality.”  And it is being use for medical purposes and for art projects.  Art projects epecially rock musicians.

What exactly is rock music?  No I dont want to give a genre description to it because I dont want an uproar of disagreement for we all know since its berth its scope had been disputed.  Anyway I’ll just bravely declare that the greatest rock bands of all time are The Beatles for creating a vast theme on rock songs;  Led Zeppelin for revolutionizing the sound of rock;  The Who for the fiery stage performances; The Rolling Stones for if we dont have them we surely wont have Aerosmith and the likes and The Jimi Hendrix Experience for giving us Jimi Hendrix.  If they did not exist probably we will be stuck in a world of guys chanting about how flashy their blings are.  Thanks to them we had Panic! At The Disco, Oasis, Greenday, Fall Out Boy and the list of their obviously influenced band goes on.  Their music lives on not only in the hearts of their living hardcore fans but also in the younger generation.  Rock as they say is the music of the philosophically gifted and it has definitely altered how generations behaved.  It would only take a poet like Bob Dylan to put into words the greatness of rock music.

The heyday of rock music, the popularity of LSD and the height of the youth’s idealism for freedom mix them all and you get an intensified era of creativity, revolution, greatness and acid rock.  Acid rock or psychedellic rock is a form of rock music in reference to LSD, acid being the slang for LSD and psychedellic being the term coined describing LSD’s effects.  It can also connote music recorded under the influence of LSD or intended to be experienced in conjunction with LSD.  These associations can be a matter of the musicians intention, the listeners intention or even just a general perception of the person using the term.  The lyrics often deals with drug induced psychological themes as well as references to mind altering techniques often characterized by offbeat style, vivid imagery and sometimes musical or sound effects.  Acid rock contains that hypnotic groove that the musician singing it and the listener can “get lost” within a song.

Get trippin with some of the high-ly listened acid songs:

Purple Daze- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Progressive Acid- Pink Floyd
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds- The Beatles
Light My Fire- The Doors
Brain Damage- Pink Floyd

We might not have LSD today(though we still have cannabis) but we still have the music almost similar to the effects of any drug meant to alter mental states.  Well as someone I cant remember said it before “music is a safe type of high” thats what we have today and in some ways I could say thats the edge of our generations rock music over the past sex and drugs rock music. Although I could also say that the discovery of LSD is certainly one of the defining moments of rock music.

Going back to the best songwriter, I’d vote for Bob Dylan.  How bout you?