By Chris Moore:
I’ve been so excited recently to see what new bands Jim is going to introduce to the blog — I mean, you really have no idea from one day to the next which band he’ll tap in to. At this point, he’s done so many different bands that it would actually be just as much a surprise to see him break out a classic standby, such as the Beach Boys. And, to prove how excited I am about these new bands…
…I’m going to contribute a Bob Dylan song!
Big surprise, I realize. (For those of you who don’t watch regularly, I’m a big Dylan fan and have recorded more Dylan covers than any other band!) But I have my reasons, I promise. First and foremost, today is the official release date of The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Rare and Unreleased: 1989-2006. I’ve only had time to listen to the first two thirds of the first disc, but already I’m really enjoying it. I’ve been concentrating so much on the new Ben Folds album, Way to Normal, that I was loath to take it out of my CD player. But I’ve already fallen in love with Dylan’s work, even after hearing the first four tracks. The version of “Mississippi,” one of my favorite songs of all time, is entirely different. Then, the version of “Most of the Time” sounds less like the 1989 track I know and love and more like a track out of 1963; it’s entirely different, and yet in typical Dylan fashion, it’s entirely amazing. Following an interesting little piano demo of “Dignity,” Dylan’s first take of “Born in Time” is — as the liner notes suggest — really the definitive version.
To be honest, I think the set might be worth the purchase if only for the “Born in Time” take and the new single “Dreamin’ of You,” an unreleased song from the Time Out of Mind sessions. When I got home from a meeting late tonight, my first inclination was to record a song that was (a) comfortable for me to play, so I could get to bed on time, and (b) a Dylan song.
This fits both criteria!
That’s all for me for now, but you can fill your Laptop Sessions cavity with Jeff Copperthite’s offering tomorrow, Jim Fusco’s video on Thursday, and then I’ll be back.
See you next session!