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Dylanesque

Bryan Ferry Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
2. Simple Twist Of Fate
3. Make You Feel My Love
4. The Times They Are A-Changin'
5. All I Really Want To Do
6. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
7. Positively 4th Street
8. If Not For You
9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
10. Gates Of Eden
11. All Along The Watchtower

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Long a Bob Dylan fan, Bryan Ferry remade "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" for his 1973 self-titled album of covers. This time around, the celebrated Roxy Music leader turns in Dylanesque, recasting 11 Dylan classics during a single live-in-the-studio week that leaves the album sounding vibrantly faithful to the original numbers. Far be it for the imaginative contrarian to retrace Dylan's steps, and sure enough--despite an omnipresent harmonica--Ferry does just the opposite. The raw rocker "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" becomes a seductive British pop song, while despair and loneliness turn into effervescence for the driving "Simple Twist of Fate." Ferry's ageless tenor injects a modern momentum into early Dylan imprints "Positively 4th Street" (with strings!), "All I Really Want to Do," and "The Times They Are A-Changing," and gloriously respects the more recent "Make You Feel My Love" (from 1997's Time out of Mind). But the best is yet to come, as the oft-covered "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" may never have received better treatment and "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down" loses not a beat of its original knock-down luster. The record closes with "All Along the Watchtower," a twin tribute to Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, the visionary for this adaptation. --Scott Holter

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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, never boring. March 28 2007
By Esthero
Format:Audio CD
Most of us would not associate Bryan Ferry the art-rock lounge lizard with Bob Dylan, the ragged poet-troubadour.

But Ferry's swaggering 1973 version of Dylan's "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" left old smoothie chops with a desire to do a whole album of Dylan covers, but it has taken him over 30 years to get round to it.

One of the supremely gifted interpreters of other people's songs, Ferry's take on Dylan's work was always bound to be at the very least interesting.

Twenty songs were rattled off in a week, of which 11 made the final cut, and the spontaneity of the session is obvious.

Ferry's touring band deftly evoke the sturdy, simplistic country-tinged rock which is Dylan's thing, and the album kicks off convincingly with "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" and "Simple Twist Of Fate".

But some of the mid-tempo material, like "All I Really Wanna Do", is merely so-so, and it's a surprise to hear the protest song "The Times They Are A-Changin'" dashed off at yet another plodder in this vein. Neither is there much that Ferry can do to improve on Hendrix's blistering re-interpretation of "All Along The Watchtowe"r or even Eric Clapton's reggaefication of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".

Where Ferry scores is in a wistful, airy reading of "Make You Feel My Love", the velvety-yet-venomous "Positively 4th Street" and the Roxy-like "If Not For You", complete with simmering sonic enhancements by old buddy Brian Eno.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bryan Ferry covers Dylan, but doesn't copy Dylan March 21 2007
Format:Audio CD
My first reaction when I saw this in "future releases" was that Bryan Ferry and Bob Dylan were incompatible opposites and the album wouldn't work. I'm happy to be wrong. This album works and is a delightful surprise, from beginning to end. Bryan Ferry delivers a rough and raw (for Ferry) performance on this collection of Dylan covers. "Positively 4th street" is the stand out of the album. Dylan did it angry, Ferry makes it sad. There are few production tricks, just music. Having recorded this in a one week session gives this album life and spontaneity, listening to this is like sitting in a small venue as Ferry performs his favourite Dylan tunes live. He honours the originals, but doesn't copy them; he places his own original stamp on all the tunes. Good stuff!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ferry continues to reinvent himself Aug. 13 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'm giving this album 4 stars only because some of the songs aren't really improved by Ferry's treatment. However, there is not a bad song here. Every one is interesting in its own way even if not overly different from what has been done before.

This band and its production by Ferry and Rhett Davies are simply amazing. Ferry is one of the few musicians I can think of that, over a thirty year plus span of making music, continually reinvents himself. Yet, at the same time, he clearly sounds like Bryan Ferry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It Grows on You May 24 2010
Format:Audio CD
I bought this record because I saw the hour-long special on Bravo in which Bryan Ferry sang most of the songs. When I first played it I was disappointed because I couldn't hear most of the words. Unlike Dylan Bryan doesn't enunciate at all clearly. However, the more I listened the more I fell in love with the record and it has been played many times. I just can't seem to leave it alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bryan Ferry Has A Way With The Music Of Bob Dylan Sept. 29 2012
By brotagonist TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bryan Ferry has a way with music and he certainly has a way with the music of Bob Dylan. These renditions are great, bringing the genius of Bob Dylan to those who are not Dylan fans. Of particular note are Make You Feel My Love, Knockin' On Heaven's Door and Gates Of Eden. Without a doubt, Ferry does Knockin' On Heaven's Door better than Dylan does. Bryan Ferry has been doing covers of Bob Dylan forever. It would have been especially nice if those songs had been collected from his other albums and presented with this one as bonus tracks to make a definitive Bryan Ferry covers Bob Dylan album.
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