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Which do you think is the better version of Mr. Tambourine Man?
Dylan's version (Bring It All Back Home) 96%  96%  [ 68 ]
The Byrds' version (debut single) 4%  4%  [ 3 ]
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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 08:11 GMT 

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Mr. Tambourine Man is one of the most popular songs by Dylan, owing so much to The Byrds. I believe Rolling Stone's 500 all-time best song ranked The Byrds' version a bit higher than Dylan's version, which irritates me because I think Dylan's version is much, much better.

Now, I'd like to ask you that which you Dylan fans think the better rendition of the song is - Dylan or The Byrds? I'm curious to know.


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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 08:45 GMT 
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Is this even a competition? How can anyone like the Byrds version more than Dylan's? The Byrds debut single has always annoyed me with the cheesy harmonies and 12 string guitar. On paper, it sounds like it could be an amazing mix of early Beatles music and Dylan lyrics. But the Byrds wouldn't achieve the potential of their own recording. Mr. Tambourine Man could be the greatest song Bob has written. The song includes twisting and swirling poetic words and a truly great and easily recognizable melody. But it was not meant to be a pop song. The words are too important for that. Dylan's first released version on Bringing It All Back Home is the definitive recording of the song. The Byrds couldn't capitalize on the great song they were able to record. It makes me sad that some people only know The Byrds version, or, even worse, actually enjoy it.


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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 09:31 GMT 

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I personally prefer Dylan's of course. my favorite version being the 1971 performance from the Bangladesh benefit show


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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 11:07 GMT 
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No comparison. The Byrds was a jingley jangley ( :lol: ) pop song version

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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 12:41 GMT 

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This is a Dylan forum.... I think we know what the outcome of this poll will be :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 16:23 GMT 
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man on a bridge wrote:
No comparison. The Byrds was a jingley jangley ( :lol: ) pop song version

Agreed, Dylan’s version for me too


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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 16:29 GMT 

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Yes, I vote for Dylan's version, but I cannot deny, I love The Byrds, too.


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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 16:34 GMT 
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It wasn't by accident that Dylan made special reference to the Byrds at the famous Musicares speech - they made him a lot of money and a LOT more fame.

I like both versions and a lot of the Byrds music, though I got real sick of Roger McGuinn.


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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 16:54 GMT 
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Dylan's of course.

I think I can count on one hand the Dylan covers that are better than the original.
The Byrds cover of Lay Down Your Weary Tune is an example of how to totally ruin a song.


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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 18:48 GMT 
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Dylan's, no contest. I like the Byrds quite a bit but their record of MTM is fluff, also as the years pass it sounds more and more like some hoary relic of the swingin' go-go 60's. Dylan's is timeless.


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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 22:27 GMT 
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Come on. Let's get this up to 99%


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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 22:40 GMT 
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Who voted for the Byrds?


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PostPosted: Tue December 26th, 2017, 22:54 GMT 

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Well of course Dylan’s version is better but Roger has a pretty awesome little guitar riff going on there!!


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PostPosted: Wed December 27th, 2017, 00:57 GMT 
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Dylan's 1965 cut is the definitive one.

The Byrds' version (which is really McGuinn & The Wrecking Crew) is nice, as a 1st-American indie-rock / jangle-rock kind of hipster pop song, and it was also really important. I like it, but it's slick and has one verse.


Now, if we were comparing Dylan and The Byrds' versions of "My Back Pages", I'd vote for The Byrds'.


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PostPosted: Wed December 27th, 2017, 01:27 GMT 
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Not a favorite, but gotta stick with Bob singing Bob.


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PostPosted: Wed December 27th, 2017, 02:35 GMT 
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Is this one of those gag polls?

Dogg love the new avatar.


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PostPosted: Wed December 27th, 2017, 04:26 GMT 
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I'd heard The Byrds version my whole life and didn't even know it was a good song. Hearing Dylan do it was...as they say...mind blowing. A whole other level. As a teenager who knew little about either, I equated it with John Coltrane. It was thrilling on first listen and grew deeper on succeeding ones. It help up when sober, it transported when stoned. A seminal moment in my nascent fandom.

The Byrds is a good pop song, though. Which isn't easy no matter how good the source. I don't mean to take anything away from them - but which is "better"?? No contest, really. I bet even on a Byrds board the poll would be at least a tie!


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PostPosted: Wed December 27th, 2017, 05:54 GMT 

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kuddukan wrote:
Is this one of those gag polls?

Nah, I was serious, since I've seen the Byrds won in some non-Dylan forums.

I expected it'd definitely be a landslide here though.


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PostPosted: Wed December 27th, 2017, 06:52 GMT 
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Of course this really isn't a contest.
But I think we must give The Byrds credit for opening the pop market for Dylan with their version. The few "hits" he had on the singles charts came after The Byrds took his song to the top of the charts.


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PostPosted: Wed December 27th, 2017, 14:15 GMT 
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WrittenInMySoul wrote:
Of course this really isn't a contest.
But I think we must give The Byrds credit for opening the pop market for Dylan with their version. The few "hits" he had on the singles charts came after The Byrds took his song to the top of the charts.


Good points and true. I would go as far as saying it was the Byrds, with their Bob Dylan hits, who turned on the world on to the fundamental shift in popular songwriting with complicated, other worldly lyrics that Bob Dylan brought forth. Then factor in the additional influence of drugs in writing the songs and not so subtle lyrical references, and you have an intellectual/artistic earthquake that the Byrds helped trigger. No small accomplishment, far outweighing the good or bad quality of one cover.

I think the Byrds best Dylan cover was "My Back Pages".

And their own great song "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better", is very Dylanesque.


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PostPosted: Wed December 27th, 2017, 18:24 GMT 
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Loose Fur wrote:
Come on. Let's get this up to 99%

Oh it's getting there :)


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PostPosted: Wed December 27th, 2017, 20:42 GMT 
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Gene Clark solo version.


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PostPosted: Wed December 27th, 2017, 22:03 GMT 
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frenchdog wrote:
This is a Dylan forum.... I think we know what the outcome of this poll will be :lol:


Yarr, me echo thy same sentiment, matey!

Donovan's version, Mr Tangerine Eyes, aint bahd either!


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PostPosted: Thu December 28th, 2017, 11:27 GMT 
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Fun fact: McGuinn was the only member of the Byrds to play on the recording. (credit where credit is due! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wrecking_Crew_(music))


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