S&D: Soul/R&B Dylan covers

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I'm hooked on Solomon Burke's "Maggie's Farm" and Phil Flowers's "Like A Rolling Stone" right now... the only other one I can think of off-hand right now is Stevie's "Blowin' In The Wind", which doesn't blow me away as much but then I'm kind of sick of the song itself.

Can anyone recommend any others, especially pre-funk '60's stomping soul stuff?

Brio, Sunday, 13 September 2009 15:29 (nine years ago) Permalink


Brio, Sunday, 13 September 2009 15:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Missed this thread out of the gate, I love this little subgenre. Some favorites:

Sort of the classic example, I think:

And for Xmas, give Ike a gun:


Other great ones:
Howard Tate - Girl from the North Country
Bobby Womack - All Along the Watchtower (really a cover of the Hendrix cover)
Does Harry Belafonte count? Nice version of Tomorrow Is A Long Time. Nina Simone has done a ton too.

dad a, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:02 (nine years ago) Permalink


Moreno, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

surprised no one has posted:


steenpunk (The Reverend), Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

Sam Cooke's is way better than Stevie's tho

steenpunk (The Reverend), Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

thanks! i was bummed out when no-one responded to this

Brio, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

I just heard Billy Preston's "It's Alright Ma" for the 1st time -- pretty sweet! Not an oft-covered song.

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

(and yeah, I somehow totally missed this thread the first time around)

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

Dylan apparently offered "Just Like A Woman" to Otis Redding originally. Bummer he never recorded it. Are there any good soul covers of that song?

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

Staples' cover of John Brown is definitive, so fantastic

Jack Kirby's Orangutan Surfing Civilization (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

here's something the other way around

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah, agree that the Staples "John Brown" is awesome -- though I might prefer Jim Dickinson's version more! (Obviously based on the Staples' arrangement).

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

marion williams's I SHALL BE RELEASED ftw duh

69, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 22:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

available on soul jazz's SOUL GOSPEL comp, i think?

69, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 22:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

haven't heard that one -- will have to seek it out.
also wtf w/ the Nina Simone Marilyn Monroe youtube.

tylerw, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 22:34 (nine years ago) Permalink


not quite in thread remit as such but still awes

r|t|c, Wednesday, 18 November 2009 23:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

That is great, so many specific gestures in there hark back to the original, it must have followed from an insane number of repeat viewings.

Never heard this one before, going unmiked by the end is pretty badass:

dad a, Thursday, 19 November 2009 02:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

Freddie Scott does a nice 'I Shall be Released'

sonofstan, Thursday, 19 November 2009 02:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

The computer I'm on has YouTube links disabled, so this may be redundant, but Roberta Flack does a very nice "Just Like A Woman" on her Chapter Two album.

Officer Pupp, Thursday, 19 November 2009 10:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

She does a really great Leonard Cohen cover on that one too, I think.

Brio, Thursday, 19 November 2009 15:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

that nina simone just like a woman cover is, frankly, awful.

figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Friday, 20 November 2009 05:46 (nine years ago) Permalink


kornrulez6969, Friday, 20 November 2009 06:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

How many deaths will it take to be shown too many people have died? How´╗┐ many times can a man turn his head pretending that he just doesn't see? Thank you Sam, and Love you Trayvon.

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The Reverend, Monday, 21 May 2012 04:34 (six years ago) Permalink

three years pass...


Aaron Neville, motherfuckers

Hey (Extended Mix), Friday, 25 March 2016 00:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 March 2016 13:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Heard him doing a Van Morrison cover the other day. It wasn't actually that much different from the original. "Crazy Love," I think.

Woke Up Scully (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 March 2016 13:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Well this one's pretty amazing---check the range of material in the track list, and the sequence---thee songs they are a-chain-jin'. The Brothers And Sisters handle it well, if *almost* having trouble with a few of the moec word-laden lines, but totally totally understandably so. More info and audio samples too:

dow, Friday, 25 March 2016 16:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Much later, the Persuasions did a whole album of Dylan, but here's their 1971 acappella classic---if it doesn't show up, it's "The Man In Me," frequently on YouTube

dow, Friday, 25 March 2016 16:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Also: Buddy Guy, Anthony Hamilton, and steel guitar wizard Robert Randolph (a whole story in himself, originally from Florida's sacred steel community, later covering Hendrix, Coltrane etc), with "Lay Lady Lay"--was thinking Al Green was on here too, oh well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZHi3blsNYw

dow, Friday, 25 March 2016 16:50 (two years ago) Permalink

i like that dylans gospel LP -- their "mighty quinn" kinda emphasizes its second-coming qualities

tylerw, Friday, 25 March 2016 16:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, and speaking of "Just Like A Woman," Richie Havens started performing it soon after the original was released; always sounded good to me.

dow, Friday, 25 March 2016 16:53 (two years ago) Permalink

Con-funk-shun, "Mr. Tambourine Man"
Love the way they hit "followin' you!"

I THINK they may have added the line "bump some booty with your tambourine."

andrew m., Friday, 25 March 2016 18:32 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Blue-eyed soul cover of "Just Like A Woman," by Van Morrison

The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 1 January 2018 23:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

damn that's good!! is it available on a live album?

niels, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 08:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink


niels, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 15:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

that's some directory

niels, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 15:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

If we're gonna count Van, he (as lead singer of Them) did an ace "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" (various posts, but I'll go with this) Seems like they did a faster version too?

dow, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 15:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Staples Singers, "Hard Rain"---best version I've heard (well next to Ferry's, but this is really different, equally suitable) Call and response:

dow, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 15:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the Them version of Baby Blue is all time, what is that organ/glockenspiel kinda sound in the background? too beautiful - it's like Van discovered a melodic part to the song that Bob hadn't seen

niels, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 17:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

clicked on this thread just to see if anyone had posted that version of Van's Just Like A Woman. Indeed the whole Pacific High Studio concert is awesome.

that's not my post, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

not sure how much I like it but fits this thread

niels, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 16:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

that's Bettye LaVette - Things Have Changed, title track's fun

niels, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 16:37 (seven months ago) Permalink

Elvis's version of "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" is soulful. Plenty of r&b and other elements (swamp pop? Tex Mex backing vocals at one point?) in Jerry Lee's studio version of "Rita May" or "Rita Mae," I've seen diff spellings; live version is faster and purely impure JLL; "Stepchild," from a few years ago, also great and demonstrates compatibilty and maybe relatedness of his and Dylan's phrasing: all of these were on youtube when I recently posted links on other threads.

dow, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 21:14 (seven months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Heart going gospel:


... (Eazy), Monday, 26 November 2018 22:01 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Animals' House of the Rising Sun was picked up from the first Dylan lp and then fed into him becoming interested in electrifying didn't it? Interesting feedback loop.

Wonder what Otis Redding was going to get into if he'd lived beyond the plane crash era. Like if teh accident didn't happen. I heard he was picking up on both Dylan and the Beatles.

Stevolende, Monday, 26 November 2018 22:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xp a lot of teleprompting in that clip but what really bugs me is the use of autotune

niels, Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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