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Review: Freewheelin Bob Tribute last night R2

Sara O'Keeffe 19 May 11 - 03:40 AM
Ringer 19 May 11 - 04:27 AM
The Sandman 19 May 11 - 05:55 AM
GUEST 19 May 11 - 06:12 AM
The Sandman 19 May 11 - 06:18 AM
Sara O'Keeffe 19 May 11 - 06:19 AM
banjoman 19 May 11 - 06:27 AM
The Sandman 19 May 11 - 06:35 AM
Dave MacKenzie 19 May 11 - 11:04 AM
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Subject: Review: Freewheelin Bob Tribute last night R2
From: Sara O'Keeffe
Date: 19 May 11 - 03:40 AM

I was completely blown away by just about every track played last night on this Dylan tribute show. Favourite Dylan played by favourite artists like While & Matthews, Karine Polwart, Seth Lakeman. PLEASE does anyone know if & when this will be released as an album??


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Subject: RE: Review: Freewheelin Bob Tribute last night R2
From: Ringer
Date: 19 May 11 - 04:27 AM

Bob Dylan's like socialism: attractive when you're 16 (indeed, when I was 16 I thought he was God -- "As easy it was to tell black from white, it was all that easy to tell wrong from right"), appalling when you're 60.

At least the original has the advantage of all the pop music from my youth - it's all mixed up with "coming of age" and hormones, and is therefore viewed through rose-tinted specs - but yesterday's reworking was awful (I suppose I ought to add "IMHO").

I thought M Carthy particularly poor; I haven't listened to him for years, thinking his recent performances to be more like caricatures of folk singing than folk singing, but his voice was weedy and wobbly: a bit like Dylan's original, but without the familiarity.

That sounds terribly bitter, doesn't it? Sorry.


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Subject: RE: Review: Freewheelin Bob Tribute last night R2
From: The Sandman
Date: 19 May 11 - 05:55 AM

the cream of British folk music.[ sorry but this was intersting but not the crealm of british folk music.
Maybe if they had included tony rose singing boots of spanish leather, or the singer steve turner, who as a singer must be someone trulu in his prime


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Subject: RE: Review: Freewheelin Bob Tribute last night R2
From: GUEST
Date: 19 May 11 - 06:12 AM

Didn't hear the programme, but heard Ralph McT doing Don't Think Twice earlier and thought it was very good.


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Subject: RE: Review: Freewheelin Bob Tribute last night R2
From: The Sandman
Date: 19 May 11 - 06:18 AM

there was a very definite bias towards the guitar as an accompanying instrument, my suggestion regards the concertina, vocalist, either tony rose /steve turner, would have added more variety.
While and matthews were superb.


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Subject: RE: Review: Freewheelin Bob Tribute last night R2
From: Sara O'Keeffe
Date: 19 May 11 - 06:19 AM

What a curmudgeonly lot you are! I'm 50, but still well-connected to my 16 yr old self. Lucky me!! XX


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Subject: RE: Review: Freewheelin Bob Tribute last night R2
From: banjoman
Date: 19 May 11 - 06:27 AM

Sorry to say it, but as good as they all are there is no comparison to thee original.


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Subject: RE: Review: Freewheelin Bob Tribute last night R2
From: The Sandman
Date: 19 May 11 - 06:35 AM

no not curmudgeonly, but offering constructive criticism, the choice of accompanying instruments was unimaginative, the best singers[ imo] were not used
what also came across is how much Dylan is indebted to the folk tradition as a source for his songs, and how much stronger some[not all] of the traditional songs are, bob dylans dream is lack lustre compared to lord franklin or the croppy boy.
for the record,dont think twice its alright owes a fair bit to and has lines borrowed from a paul clayton song,
Dylan once introduced "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" as "a statement that maybe you can say to make yourself feel better... as if you were talking to yourself." The song, written around the time that Suze Rotolo indefinitely prolonged her stay in Italy, is based on a melody taught to Dylan by folksinger Paul Clayton.

As well as the melody, a couple of lines were taken from Clayton's "Who's Goin' to Buy You Ribbons When I'm Gone?" which was recorded in 1960, two years before Dylan wrote "Don't Think Twice." Lines taken word-for-word or slightly altered from the Clayton song are, "T'ain't no use to sit and wonder why, darlin'," and, "So I'm walkin' down that long, lonesome road." On the first release of the song, instead of "So I'm walkin' down that long, lonesome road babe, where I'm bound, I can't tell" Dylan sings "So long, honey babe, where I'm bound, I can't tell"
Sara it is necessary to be accurate with facts.THE STATEMENT CREAM OF BRITISH FOLK MUSIC, is a matter of opinion, not a fact


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Subject: RE: Review: Freewheelin Bob Tribute last night R2
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 19 May 11 - 11:04 AM

Interesting philological (and philosophical) point, cream. Cream rises to the top of the milk, so anybody looking at it from outside will only see cream, not the rest of the milk. In some ways, the performers were the ones visible to outside observers. Reminds me of Jamesie Cotter musing on the word 'scum'. Some good interpretations in the program, though I wasn't convinced by Billy Bragg's 'Talikng World War III'. I've always felt that Dylan's reworking of existing material enhances his status as a folk performer.


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