Samstag, 18. Juni 2022

Odetta - Odetta Sings Dylan (1965)

From 1965, "Odetta Sings Dylan" was one of the first albums entirely devoted to Bob Dylan interpretations, and one of the best. In part that's because the concept was still actually fresh then; in fact, other than an obscure 1964 album by Linda Mason, it was the very first album of Dylan covers. And in part it was because, unlike most of the artists who would take a swing at the concept, Odetta was actually a major folk musician, one who had done much to inspire Dylan himself. But most of all, it was because the arrangements were excellent, featuring the guitar of Bruce Langhorne (who, of course, played on Dylan's "Bringing It All Back Home" and numerous 1960s folk and folk-rock recordings) and, one presumes, the bass of frequent accompanist Bill Lee.
Langhorne, the character who inspired "Mr. Tambourine Man," also plays some tambourine, particularly on "Baby, I'm in the Mood for You." Although this is not a folk-rock album, as a result the arrangements have far more rhythm, swing, and imagination than most folk records of the era did.
The song choices are good, too, not only including familiar tunes like "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and "Mr. Tambourine Man," but also some songs that hardly anyone has recorded. Indeed, Dylan never did put "Long Ago, Far Away" or "Long Time Gone" on any of his official releases, and didn't release three of the other songs ("Baby, I'm in the Mood for You," "Walkin' Down the Line," and "Tomorrow Is a Long Time") in the 1960s.

All of this is not to overlook Odetta's well-nuanced, bluesy vocal interpretations of the material, particularly on an extraordinary ten-minute version of "Mr. Tambourine Man."

(192 kbps, front & back cover included)

12 Kommentare:

Issa hat gesagt…

Any chance to re-up, please? Best wishes

zero hat gesagt…

Now there´s a fresh link...

Issa hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot for refreshing this link. All the best

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome!

Anonym hat gesagt…

link don't work. could you repost?

zero hat gesagt…

Zippyshare is blocked in some countrys. A VPN could help... The link is fine!

Flying Squirrel hat gesagt…

Well, now the ZS link is truly dead.

zero hat gesagt…

Link is refreshed. Best wishes!

George hat gesagt…

I get thrills by just hearing her voice - thank you for posting this one!

Lotte hat gesagt…

Oh ja die Platte geht immer finde ich, habe ich das letzte Mal im Hotel Südtirols Süden gehört und bin immer wieder total begeistert.Grüße Lotte

zero hat gesagt…

Wow, Odetta in Südtirol - must have been a wonderful moment. Thanks for your feedback!

Anonym hat gesagt…

Dear Sir, restore?
Bless...

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