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Blind Willie McTell..which do you prefer
Electric 32%  32%  [ 23 ]
Acoustic 68%  68%  [ 48 ]
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PostPosted: Fri July 29th, 2016, 19:40 GMT 

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After listening to the acoustic version on today's ER main page, I thought I would ask which you prefer ( Sorry if it has been done before, but I could not see it)


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PostPosted: Fri July 29th, 2016, 19:48 GMT 
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I see nothing to be gained by all that amplification. Electric version also fails as a vocal due to that prominent whatever it was.
The only problem with the acoustic version was it put nearly everything he'd done in five years completely to shame


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PostPosted: Fri July 29th, 2016, 21:11 GMT 
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NET performances with Larry Campbell on bouzouki. Several of them are jaw drop stunning and, to my ear, none of the studio versions come close.


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PostPosted: Fri July 29th, 2016, 21:28 GMT 
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Untrodden Path wrote:
NET performances with Larry Campbell on bouzouki. Several of them are jaw drop stunning and, to my ear, none of the studio versions come close.


The acoustic version is stunning , but agree has almost always worked well live , and should be a regular part of the new set, to replace the current set, of Dylan songs that he can still sing well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30ryMMEQBcE


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PostPosted: Fri July 29th, 2016, 22:40 GMT 
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The electric version belongs on Infidels.

The acoustic version belongs on the list of 10 greatest Dylan recordings.


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PostPosted: Fri July 29th, 2016, 23:17 GMT 
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outfidel wrote:
The electric version belongs on Infidels.

The acoustic version belongs on the list of 10 greatest Dylan recordings.
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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 01:16 GMT 
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Acoustic version is beautiful, but Dylan's singing in the second verse of the electric is among the best I've ever heard.


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 02:02 GMT 
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I'm loving these replies. For me, the acoustic has lots of charm but the electric is more exciting, due not only to great playing by the band but Dylan's looser approach to the melody. The acoustic one just may cut deeper, though. Which one is better might change from day to day...today I voted electric.


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 05:31 GMT 

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Is there a different electric version than this one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cdfKXmS82Y

Because that one stinks.


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 05:46 GMT 

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summerteeth wrote:
outfidel wrote:
The electric version belongs on Infidels.

The acoustic version belongs on the list of 10 greatest Dylan recordings.
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THIS from me, too. His best song in the last 35 years. Beautiful performance too.


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 07:35 GMT 

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Not really a fan of either.


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 08:04 GMT 
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outfidel wrote:
The electric version belongs on Infidels.

The acoustic version belongs on the list of 10 greatest Dylan recordings.

Absolutely. Acoustic version has always been special to me, and as much as people think it belonged on Infidels I don't think it'd fit there. Electric one is great too but doesn't hold that special touch like the acoustic one does.


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 08:18 GMT 

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The Mighty Monkey Of Mim wrote:
Is there a different electric version than this one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cdfKXmS82Y

Because that one stinks.


I wouldn't say it stinks but it is masively inferior to the pared down acoustic version.


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 09:47 GMT 

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If you were trying to convey Dylan's greatness to someone who knows nothing about him, you could do a lot worse than play both studio versions back to back as a starting point.


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The Mighty Monkey Of Mim wrote:
Is there a different electric version than this one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cdfKXmS82Y

Because that one stinks.


I wouldn't say it stinks but it is masively inferior to the pared down acoustic version.


massively, even.


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 11:02 GMT 
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The Mighty Monkey Of Mim wrote:
Is there a different electric version than this one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cdfKXmS82Y

Because that one stinks.


Words really do fail me...


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 11:20 GMT 

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Apologies, I pm'd you when I merely wished to reply.


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 11:32 GMT 
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The Mighty Monkey Of Mim wrote:
Is there a different electric version than this one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cdfKXmS82Y

Because that one stinks.

Not sure what it is in this that you find missing but I'd give anything if everything he recorded in the '60s sounded half this good.


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 13:01 GMT 
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There's nothing happening in the acoustic one, no cross-rhythms, elongations or anything. Everything seems in tandem, as predictable as an Eagles rehearsal...- anyone could do it.

I can understand if Dylan doesn't think the electric take has the dignity or gravitas that the song deserves but it's a captivating performance nevertheless.


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PostPosted: Sat July 30th, 2016, 13:17 GMT 
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The acoustic version is perfect, which is why I prefer the electric one.


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 01:24 GMT 
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MrJudasPriest wrote:
If you were trying to convey Dylan's greatness to someone who knows nothing about him, you could do a lot worse than play both studio versions back to back as a starting point.


You know, I do this a lot and I struggle with what to share with people who don't know Dylan. I try to stay away from his best known songs (general public) and usually end up choosing something on BOTT (other than Tangled), Hurricane (the song that first turned my son onto Dylan), Don't Think Twice is perfection and not as well known as others of that era. I sometimes use the Unplugged version of Dignity. If I want to show that he can rock the house, I'll play the Tell Tale Signs Charley Patton. Some other songs I've used: Mississippi (any version); Ring Them Bells, Most of the Time,

and I just now realized that I probably should be posting this somewhere else. Whatever


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outfidel wrote:
The electric version belongs on Infidels.

The acoustic version belongs on the list of 10 greatest Dylan recordings.



Only if infidels had a whole different set of songs on it , it wouldn't sit well .


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 12:15 GMT 

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Yeah, I think it's one of BD's truly great songs even if he did pinch most of the melody from St James Infirmary.

His last truly great song in my view.


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 13:13 GMT 
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Can't go wrong here but at the moment I prefer the acoustic one.


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PostPosted: Mon August 1st, 2016, 13:49 GMT 
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While the acoustic take is far better, in my book, it's pretty cool that we have two contemporaneous stabs at this song to listen to. Did Bob abandon it because the electric take didn't work out?


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