Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Folk Tribute to Bob Dylan - BBC Radio 2 May 18th 2011

As someone who once compiled a bootleg collection of Billy Bragg doing Bob Dylan covers (see HERE) I was excited to see this collection British folkies, ancient and modern, covering Dylan's second album, The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, in its entirety. As this programme arrived amidst the ONSLAUGHT that accompanied Mr. Dylan's 70th birthday, I filed it in the bulging "Blog Ideas' folder. Then as my Billy Bragg series (see much, much more HERE) grew more obsessive, I thought this was the time to present it to those MRML readers who like music where you can hear fingers striking guitar strings and where singers 'lean forward just a bit'.

01. Programme Intro
02. Blowin' in the Wind - Seth Lakeman
03. Girl from the North Country - Thea Gilmore
04. Masters of War - Martin Simpson
05. Down the Highway - While and Matthews
06. Bob Dylan's Blues - Ewan McLennan
07. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall - Karine Polwart
08. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right - Ralph McTell
09. Bob Dylan's Dream - Martin Carthy
10. Oxford Town - Coope, Boyes and Simpson
11. Talkin' World War III Blues - Billy Bragg
12. Corrina, Corrina - Cara Dillon with The Scoville Units
13. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance - Rory Mcleod
14. I Shall Be Free - Rab Noakes with Fraser Speirs

NOTE TO LISTENERS: At the explicit demand of the original uploader this programme is offered here only in .flac format. If you are at all uncomfortable with this wonderful-sounding but wildly cumbersome format simply convert it 320 kbps MP3's using a FREE version of a program like Switch Sound Converter.

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    Part One

    Part Two

  2. It's strange to see him being honored by Folk when he claims he just jumped on the bandwagon to make money and become famous. He has essentially claimed that he used the movement until he no longer needed it, then destroyed it by going electric.

    Dylan is an enigmatic man. One never knows if he means what he says. I think that he genuinely liked Folk music and really did idolize Woody Guthrie. Something happened to turn him against them, to write Positively 4th St and to go electric. Perhaps it was Suze Rotolo.

    You can tell from his knowledge of folk and his use of it on his most recent albums that he knows a lot about it. He seems to be conflicted about those early years.

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