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  posted on 2/15/2012 at 09:46 PM
Who does your favorite take on the song?

Mule, Jerry, the Band, Dylan, others?

[Edited on 2/16/2012 by nebish]

 
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  posted on 2/15/2012 at 10:02 PM
Dylan/The Band on the Complete(11 reel)Basement Tapes...

There are a variety of takes in this collection,some just with a young Bob on vocal,some with Bob and Manuel's falsetto,and others...

All have a haunting quality and aura....particularly that,unlike the officially released Basement Tapes,none of the songs have been re edited and parts redone by Robbie...they all have the feel of that basement in Saugerties(a place you can all still visit!).

The Band version,featuring Manuel,is special...

Garcia's versions are often quite haunting and beautiful as well,expressed vocally and on guitar...

Not a fan of the many "ensemble encores" of the song...more of an anthem,lacking feel....

Mule covers most everything really well and Warren plays beautifully as always,but not the same feel as the others....


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  posted on 2/15/2012 at 10:12 PM
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Dylan/The Band on the Complete(11 reel)Basement Tapes...

There are a variety of takes in this collection,some just with a young Bob on vocal,some with Bob and Manuel's falsetto,and others...

All have a haunting quality and aura....particularly that,unlike the officially released Basement Tapes,none of the songs have been re edited and parts redone by Robbie...they all have the feel of that basement in Saugerties(a place you can all still visit!).

The Band version,featuring Manuel,is special...

Garcia's versions are often quite haunting and beautiful as well,expressed vocally and on guitar...

Not a fan of the many "ensemble encores" of the song...more of an anthem,lacking feel....

Mule covers most everything really well and Warren plays beautifully as always,but not the same feel as the others....


[Edited on 2/16/2012 by dadof2]


Basement REELS

 

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  posted on 2/15/2012 at 10:19 PM
I've heard this song done by a lot of artists (Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, The Byrds, Melissa Ethridge, Sting, the Who, Neil Young, Joe Cocker, Chrissy Hynde, U2, Johnny Cash, Wilco, Ben Harper, The Flying Burrito Bros., Maroon 5, Joni Mitchell, etc. Even The Beatles performed it as an unreleased part of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions), but
my favorite version is the spare, acoustic version by Bob Dylan on his Greatest Hits, Vol. II album, with The Band's version on Music From Big Pink a close second.

 

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  posted on 2/15/2012 at 10:25 PM
My favorite is when Warren does it acoustic with Kevin Kinny and Edwin McCain. I have seen them do this live twice and it was an emotional experience each time especially opening the 'Another One For Woody' show. Here is a link to that one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ9KpzKU7xg

I also love the old school Gov't Mule version. Warren really emotionally pours himself into the vocals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8HEWOCu6Dk&feature=related

[Edited on 2/16/2012 by sixty8]

 

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  posted on 2/15/2012 at 11:46 PM
The Warren, Edwin McCain, Kevn Kinney studio recording on Kevn's The Flower and the Knife is my all-time favorite. Also like the original Mule's live take. Warren sings the HELL outta that song.
 

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  posted on 2/15/2012 at 11:54 PM
I put on the 3-27-07 performance at Irving Plaza after reading some of the responses (w/ Kinney, McCain and Susan). I always like when Warren sings it, but I had not heard too many acoustic versions of him doing it so bringing out the Warren and Friends show from that night was good since I don't think I listened to it in over 4 years.

I was prompted to inquire after I listened to a Jerry Garcia Band version I listed to tonight. I have not listed to much of his stuff outside of the Dead, don't have much only a couple discs. Anyway, I really liked it. Was it a song he played live with any level of frequency through the years?

 

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  posted on 2/16/2012 at 12:16 AM
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my favorite version is the spare, acoustic version by Bob Dylan on his Greatest Hits, Vol. II album


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  posted on 2/16/2012 at 09:53 AM
Chryssie Hynde from the Dylan 30th Anniversary concert is my favorite (essential album for anyone). I never really liked the song that much until I heard that version. I love The Band, but the version on Big Pink is hard to listen to for me - Manuel's falsetto is just too much.

 

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  posted on 2/16/2012 at 10:49 AM
Jerry Garcia Band version on their 1991 album Jerry Garcia Band is my favorite version of this track. Jerry pours his soul out in the vocals, and his final guitar solo is an all-time goosebump performance.

 

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Jerry Garcia Band version on their 1991 album Jerry Garcia Band is my favorite version of this track. Jerry pours his soul out in the vocals, and his final guitar solo is an all-time goosebump performance.


beautiful version....

 

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  posted on 2/16/2012 at 10:59 AM
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but the version on Big Pink is hard to listen to for me - Manuel's falsetto is just too much.


all a matter of taste...but,we differ on this one...the big pink version captures the spirit of the place and times....EC,Harrison,Ringo, & many others have spoken of being in awe of Manuel in general and his falsetto in particular....but,i've never been swayed when people tell me other musicians dig an artist so you MUST too,so neither should u be influenced by more than your own taste....i prefer to respect your choice and respectfully differ!

 

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  posted on 2/16/2012 at 05:06 PM
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Chryssie Hynde from the Dylan 30th Anniversary concert is my favorite (essential album for anyone). I never really liked the song that much until I heard that version.


+1000

That entire album is essential. It was listening to that record repeatedly that I finally appreciated the genius of Dylan and specifically his songwriting. It's hard to list all the highlights from that record. What a treat it must have been to be there live.

Warren, Edwin McCain & Kevn Kinney do a fabulous version on Kevn's solo excellent solo album, The Flower & The Knife. I've been lucky enough to see them do this one live together 3 times.

 

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  posted on 2/16/2012 at 08:14 PM
I liked the version from The Last Waltz. I dug all the various artists take on it especially Clapton's instrumental verse, but ... hey ... that's just me. It is definitely another one of the multitude of Dylan classics IMO.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2012 at 07:59 AM
One of my favorite versions is by Warren, w/ Jorma and Jack, at the fur peace ranch. I think it was in '08. someone, I don't know his name, plays lap steel. Beautiful version, imo.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2012 at 11:33 AM
I was in Ottawa in 2010 , my wife is from Ottawa and her father was very ill so we went to see her folks , the Ottawa Blues Festival was on and I thought it would be nice to take a break from the hospital and the sadness so we went and caught Levon Helm , he played " I Shall Be Released " at the end of the show and it was very moving , it is a powerful song , I will never forget that .

 

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  posted on 2/17/2012 at 12:14 PM
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Who does your favorite take on the song?

Mule, Jerry, the Band, Dylan, others?

[Edited on 2/16/2012 by nebish]


Warren!

 

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  posted on 2/17/2012 at 12:15 PM
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My favorite is when Warren does it acoustic with Kevin Kinny and Edwin McCain. I have seen them do this live twice and it was an emotional experience each time especially opening the 'Another One For Woody' show. Here is a link to that one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ9KpzKU7xg

I also love the old school Gov't Mule version. Warren really emotionally pours himself into the vocals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8HEWOCu6Dk&feature=related

[Edited on 2/16/2012 by sixty8]


Me too except without Kevin because I do not like his singing and like it when Warren sings all the verses.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2012 at 12:18 PM
If my memory serves me well Warren did a knockout version of this when I saw him sit in with Levon Helm at the first Beacon Show about 5 years ago (Levon Helm Band)
 

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If my memory serves me well Warren did a knockout version of this when I saw him sit in with Levon Helm at the first Beacon Show about 5 years ago (Levon Helm Band)


I have seen Warren do it numerous times and have even more recordings. It is one opportunity for him to really shine vocally as he sings it with unique passion.

 

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My favorite is when Warren does it acoustic with Kevin Kinny and Edwin McCain. I have seen them do this live twice and it was an emotional experience each time especially opening the 'Another One For Woody' show. Here is a link to that one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ9KpzKU7xg

I also love the old school Gov't Mule version. Warren really emotionally pours himself into the vocals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8HEWOCu6Dk&feature=related

[Edited on 2/16/2012 by sixty8]


Me too except without Kevin because I do not like his singing and like it when Warren sings all the verses.


I think the three of them shine together on this song especially during the chorus harmonies. I don't have to have Warren sing every verse and think them trading off in this particular song works very well. Kinny's voice during his verse gives that Dylan flavor to the song and it is a Dylan song.

 

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  posted on 2/17/2012 at 07:24 PM
I say this as a man who regards the Band as a favorite band. And as a man who isn't a huge fan of most of what Mule does.

I like the song itself, but do not care for the Band's studio version. And, will take Warren doing an extended electric version of this song, over anybody else's version and any over acoustic Warren version.

He and Mule build the tension and emotion of the song perfectly, and MAN is his voice perfectly powerful and emotive for this powerfully emotional song.

EDIT:

So I've been sitting here for the last hour or so, listening to the various recordings of this song that I have. A couple that I forgot:

Nina Simone -- OUTSTANDING version of this song

And a more obscure version: Stephan Eicher & Texas (with a woman named Sharleen Spiteri) do a fine version as well.

[Edited on 2/18/2012 by cmgst34]

 

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  posted on 2/17/2012 at 08:37 PM
not the one from the Beacon; but close

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTU9GAZnkq0

 

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  posted on 2/17/2012 at 11:38 PM
I love the version played by The Jerry Garcia Band. Beautiful and haunting. Jerry's guitar work is exquisite and killer organ work by Melvin Seals too.

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