I’ve never quite wrapped my ears around Bob Dylan. Sure, I can appreciate the impact he had on modern music (thanks in part to the History of Rock & Roll class I took in college—and aced, thankyouverymuch), but never have I plugged in the headphones for a Dylan listening binge.
So while I don’t usually lean toward hearing from the formerly freewheelin’ artist himself – “Things Have Changed” aside — others’ interpretations of the Dylan songbook have placed on my list of favorite covers. Here are two worth sharing on a rainy Sunday.
“Make You Feel My Love” – Adele
Garth Brooks, Bryan Ferry, Joan Osborne, and Billy Joel have all tackled this late-period Dylan song from 1997′s Time Out Of Mind. But earlier this year, a young British chanteuse new to the scene topped them all.
“I Want You” – Sophie B. Hawkins
Sixteen years before Adele did it, another freshman female vocalist boldly covered a Dylan song on her debut. Instead of opting for something more contemporary, Sophie B. Hawkins reached back to 1966′s Blonde On Blonde.
Hawkins’ yearning version of “I Want You,” originally served up on 1992′s Tongues And Tails, is fantastic. Hear here:
If you’re so inclined, on October 7, Bob Dylan releases Tell Tale Signs, volume eight in his ongoing Bootleg Series. Head over to his official site to grab a free download of “Dreamin’ Of You,” a Time Out Of Mind outtake from the new set.