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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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  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B000LPR0SE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First a confession--I'm a big Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry fan. I'm also a big fan of Bob Dylan. There have been many albums by Ferry I didn't really care for ("Taxi" except for one or two tracks rarely gets played and Mamouna is my least favorite Ferry solo album. While "Flesh & Blood" is, with the exception of two tracks, a complete waste of time as far as I'm concerned). I say all of that so you know where my bias is when it comes to Ferry's material. Ferry's weathered vocals actually compliment many of the songs here and even though he isn't the singer he once was (who is?), he makes up for some of his loss of range with his interpretative skills.

Bryan Ferry has tackeld Dylan before. His first time was with his art rock approach to "A Hard Rain's a-gonna Fall" and then the tracks on his last solo album. This time around he tackles an entire album full of Dylan songs and while the result isn't perfect, the bulk of these songs and their arrangements are inspired. Ferry works out arrangements that are both surprising and, at times, dazzling just don't go into this album expecting arrangements of the same songs cut from the same cloth as Dylan's--Ferry alters the arrangements to fit his vocal and arranging style much as he did with his album of standards from a couple of years ago.

The opener "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" is inspired with a nice groove, nice harmonica fills from Ferry. His voice is a bit ragged but, heck, it adds character to his trilling crooner's voice. "Simple Twist of Fate" is up next and, again, Ferry does a nice job here although it isn't as radically rearranged as "Tom" it's still quite good with nice guitar playing by Chris Spedding.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By bdlove@earthlink.net on July 11, 2007
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I find the vitriol hurled at this CD to be especially appalling. This is a fine work. I've shared it with many friends, Dylan fans, and they all love it. Anyone who knows anything about Dylan knows that he constantly reinterprets his songs live, so what's the beef that Ferry follows Dylan's lead? Here, Ferry teases out the melodies that Dylan often only implies--which is Dylan's way, and that's totally cool, not meant as a criticism at all. The playing is subtle and informed. Ferry's harmonica is especially interesting, since it owes more, I think, to his keyboard articulation than to the traditional player's guitar in terms of phrasing.

There is not a duff track on this CD. You all know the songs and the arrangements already from previous reviews. The hostile criticism brings to mind a Dylan concert long ago, when he appeared with the Band and was booed for going electric. Some people need to grow up. Ferry is moving atmospherics and subtlety into arrangements in new ways, interesting ways. And guys, there is no connection whatsoever to Manilow. Clearly, this fine CD is not intended for the tone deaf. The rest of us will have it in their players for months and years to come. It's superb.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Roberts on July 5, 2007
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How could the 2 star reviewer who purports to be a Dylan fan criticize this excellent work as seeming "to have been created for the sake of reinterpreting something that should need no interpretation". DYLAN IS ALL ABOUT REINTERPRETATION. Another artist's interpretations are always welcome. They may or may not be your favorite versions, but some of these are masterpieces of singing in their own right. Try it out. In the online world, collections of reinterpretations of Dylan are very popular, and Bryan Ferry has made an excellent contribution. Dylan himself would never want to be stuck with just the original recordings. They were only "sketches", "blueprints" or "outlines" in his world, a means for new interpretations.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MPQ on September 1, 2007
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I must admit that as a big Dylan fan I was prepared to dislike this disc. I couldn't be more wrong. This is a great CD! Ferry's reinterpretations of these classics is great. So he made some of them sound like pop songs - big deal! Great singing, great musicians , and having Bob Clearmountain as your mixer makes for a winning team. Dylan is not God, and his songs can be reworked as the artist sees fit. Plenty of other great artists have had the same treatment. Check it for yourself before believing the negative reviews from people who hate any kind of change.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Feezle on June 27, 2007
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Ferry Does Dylan---Well!!!

Brian Eno and the other Bryan: Bryan Ferry, took the avante-rock world by storm in the 70's in the guise of the band: Roxy Music. Ferry's smooth looks and delivery (much like Robert Palmer) seemed in stark contrast to the disjointed Roxy Music tunes themselves. His latest release, "Dylanesque" are all 11 Bob Dylan tunes. This isn't the first time he has covered Dylan songs. In 1973 he released a British single release only of "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall", one of Dylan's most hard rocking songs live.

The thing that first struck me about this new cd were the great guitar and harmonica jams during the middle and ends of the songs. Ferry has always covered everyone's elses songs on his albums. His unique phrasing and semi-quavering voice gave a maturity to some great `shouted' songs. Essentially, there is nothing that is not in his range of emotive ability in song.

In a word, these songs are elegant. They don't have the folk feel of a Dylan album. Instead, they take each song further than the original writer did. The songs flow well one into another. Often cover albums tend to be disjointed and highly uneven. Not this one. The supporting cast : Ex-Squeeze Paul Carrack, Brian Eno, and famed guitarist Robin Trower help add the bottom needed to make the album lush like all Ferry solo albums tend to be. While some of Ferry's solo projects lean at times to easy-listening renditions, `Dylanesque' is anything but that. It has a wistful relaxed air, but it also maintains an indiscriminate edge.

For me, the highlights of the cd were: Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, All Along the Watchtower, Knockin' on Heaven Doors (extended version); and Simple Twist of Fate.
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ugly album cover
If you guys knew your facts you would know that Roxy Music studio albums feature women on their covers whilst Bryan Ferry solo albums feature photos of Bryan.
Jul 13, 2007 by Mr Frank Lee Bland |  See all 7 posts
Robin Trower on "Watchtower"?
I remember reading somewhere that not all songs are recently recorded. It was probably recorded during the Taxi session where Trower played guitar on many songs.
Mar 4, 2007 by H. Shin |  See all 9 posts
Why no samples???
Probably because it hasn't released yet.
May 13, 2007 by Joseph Ording |  See all 5 posts
Music that makes you feel decadent...
I'd say Neil Young's "Tonights the Night", Stones "Exile on Main St.", Lou Reed's "Rock-n-roll Animal", among others.
Jul 5, 2007 by Joseph S. Long |  See all 2 posts
A long time Bryan Ferry fan loves how Bob Dylan has been remade
The few clips I've heard have me really excited for this album. I can't wait!!! Hopefully this will get massive exposure in the U.S. because of Bob's current "resurgence" of popularity here. Go Bryan!!!
Feb 28, 2007 by AB5009 |  See all 4 posts
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