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PostPosted: Sun October 23rd, 2011, 12:55 GMT 
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^amazing, and it's only begun.


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PostPosted: Wed February 15th, 2012, 15:21 GMT 
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Found this nice blog this morning

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PostPosted: Wed February 15th, 2012, 16:14 GMT 
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The genius - or madman - that is John Cooper Clarke took his visual cues from SpeedBob '66 and updated Desolation Row for the northern slum dwellers of the late seventies with the utterly perfect and perfectly uttered Beasley Street (here renamed Beezley Street for some reason):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euD0o0x-jAo


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PostPosted: Fri August 5th, 2016, 06:12 GMT 

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From one of the longest shows of Bob's long career comes this
epic version of one of Bob's longest songs....
It's an amazing version where they play for so long that the instincts kick in
and improvisation is bound to happen especially on these long-form instrumentals...
Bob sounds so great here. 'The Phantom Of The Opera' verse is so wonderfully sung here
and Bucky's slide solo that directly follows it is simply gorgeous.
Bob's harp solo is so expressive here it sounds as important as the sung verses...
I always loved the 'breakdown' endings of 1993 and this one is no exception. Just love it!!!
This is a version I'll be listening to for awhile:)

June 29 1993
Marseilles France
http://www.mediafire.com/download/6gl1d ... on_Row.mp3

And here's incredible footage from the version from the Hammersmith earlier in the year...
truly amazing:
https://youtu.be/LOON0xbscaU?t=48m58s


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PostPosted: Fri August 5th, 2016, 08:51 GMT 

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When and where did Bette Davis put her hands in her back pockets?


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PostPosted: Fri August 5th, 2016, 09:57 GMT 
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Bette Davis style... maybe he was thinking in something like this

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PostPosted: Mon June 12th, 2017, 09:29 GMT 
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The electric arrangement from 2003 is one of my favorite reimaginings of a classic Bob Dylan song. Berlin, 20th October 2003, is probably the most inspired version with some great singing. London, 15th November 2003, is also worth a listen, it features the Dr. Filth verse.


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PostPosted: Mon August 21st, 2017, 06:26 GMT 

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PostPosted: Wed August 23rd, 2017, 19:21 GMT 
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I'd nominate the Cutting Edge (Deluxe) version with the wonderful piano playing (although I can't actually decide whether I think piano or acoustic guitar suits the song best).
Hearing him change the last lines from "Not unless you mail them from" to "Unless, of course, you mail them from Desolation Row" serves as a perfect example as to how Bob altered his lyrics at the time from incomparably brilliant to incomparably brilliant only in a slightly different way. I mean, come on - you can't possibly TOP Desolation Row as a poem set to music, and Bob is the only one who managed - and will ever manage - to EQUAL the genius of these lyrics. For anyone interested, I'd suggest Visions of Johanna, It's Alright Ma, Mr Tambourine Man, Like A Rolling Stone and Tangled Up In Blue (in no particular order) as his most brilliant poems, along with Desolation Row.
Mind, I'm only speaking about the LYRICS here (I'd never try to assemble his "best" songs, that's ridiculous in my opinion). I mean, Desolation Row has frequently been compared to the greatest poems of its time and genre (apocalyptic visions), some sort of rock music's "Wasteland" or "Howl", and how could you possibly disagree? Musically, I think it's one of the songs where the guitar or piano only make up an estimated 20 % of the performance. Anyone who says to me that Bob isn't a literary genius (though that is yet to happen, seems like I know mostly reasonable people :wink: ) will have to listen to me reciting this song or one of the others mentioned above. By the way, I'd love to know - do you people by any chance memorize Bob's lyrics as much as I do? 8)


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