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Sebastian Cabot Actor: Bob Dylan Poet [Import, Original recording remastered]

Sebastian CabotAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • ASIN: B000N39HEE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Who Killed Davy Moore
2. It Ain't Me Babe
3. Boots Of Spanish Leather
4. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
5. Tomorrow's A Long Time
6. Blowin' In The Wind
7. Seven Curses
8. All I Really Want To Do
9. Times They Are A-Changin'
10. Quit Your Lowdown Ways
11. Like A Rolling Stone
12. And Mostly They Sing

Editorial Reviews

2007 digitally remastered issue of a unique recording by the beloved British character actor who usually played proper English gentlemen, culminating in his best known role, Mr. French on the TV series "Family Affair". His well-groomed beard, a distinct upper crust accent and hefty size projected an image of kindness, refinement and managed to appear both cuddly & stuffy at the same time. He starred in "The Time Machine", "Johnny Tremain", "Ivanhoe", and "Kismet". He also served as the omniscient narrator in Disney's "Winnie The Pooh" movies and as Bagheera in "The Jungle Book". The title says it all: Sebastian Cabot tackles the Bob Dylan songbook on this startling relic from the anything-goes psychedelic era. His half-spoken, half-sung baritone vocals and erudite British manner puts an utterly unique spin on favorites like "It Ain't Me, Babe", "All I Really Want to Do" and "Like A Rolling Stone" and other Dylan masterpieces.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It Ain't Me, Babe, Oh-oh-oh-oh No . . . May 6, 2007
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How on earth does one review such a thing as this? It's not really camp, for I have the impression that no one intended this album as a put-on. Yet the collision is so improbable, so jolting--Sabby Cabot reciting Bob Dylan over a delicate string ensemble--that you keep listening because you can't believe what you're hearing. It may help if you're at least in your 40s or 50s, for then you'll remember who Cabot was: Mr. French from the 60s sit-com "Family Affair" and among the voice-artists for Disney's "Sword in the Stone" and "Winnie-the-Pooh." Even then, however, you'll likely shake your head wondering, "What were they thinking?" Take it for what it is, however--a genuine oddity, unintentionally hiliarious and too long out of print--and, like me, you'll be glad you paid the price. In Amazon's parallel CD universe Sir John Gielgud recites the works of Johnny Cash, while Dame Judi Dench covers Mick Jagger. I'd buy them all and love every weird, impossible moment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sebastian's The MAN! Dylan, eat yer heart out! February 7, 2008
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KICKING ASS and taking NAMES! This CD is so awesome, I can hardly believe it.
And they thought when Dylan "went electric" was mind-blowing and revolutionary.
This was surely the inspiration for Metal Machine Music.

Sebastian makes these songs a lot more fun than Dylan; he blows Dylan out of the water! Dylan never tried to do a re-make of A Family Affair, which PROVES that he knew he could never top The MAN, Sebastian.

There's some liners here but they're like reading.

The best cuts on this are the overblown Who Killed Davey Moore? (where'd Sebastian get a tape of that to cover? he must've had connections.)
The version of It Ain't Me Babe, is where Sebastian proves his machismo more than any other. He tells her to go lightly from the ledge, and laughs at the thought that he's supposed to gather flowers for this chick, come each time she calls, and die for her? HA! Not Sebastian. He knew who was The MAN!

Then there's his macho version of Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, one of my Favorite Dylan songs ever. This version outdoes Trini Lopez's wonderful crooning version, and Mike Ness's fantastic venom-filled version. Here, Sebastian has only to say "'s alright". That's right, she ain't even worth saying "It". He don't care!

Quit your lowdown ways is interesting: he sounds at times like Walter Brennan, and slips into a Howlin' Wolf thing for a few seconds! Surprising, I don't remember that! (he also, in Who Killed Davey Moore, sounds like the Man In A Hurry from the Andy Griffith show (Robert Emhardt).

Like A Rolling Stone. Um, this is the only version of this song that doesn't have the frightening aspect that Dylan's (or Hendrix's) have. I wonder how Dylan or Hendrix would've been narrating Winnie The Pooh.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kitsch Classic Or Sacrilege? April 25, 2007
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It's hard to tell who the target audience for this straight re-release (no bonus tracks) of MGM's 1967 album featuring Sebastian Cabot's performances of 12 Dylan songs. Here's my three categories:

1) Fans of the late-Sixties TV show "Family Affair." [Cabot was the stately butler Mr. French. Some of you may also remember him as the narrator of the Disney animated versions of "Winnie the Pooh" stories.]

2) Bob Dylan completists.

3) Recreational drug users.

4) Any combination of the above.

After listening to Cabot's readings of these songs (there is musical accompaniment--usually strings--but he never really sings), there is little to offer the average listener beyond the recordings' kitsch value. Cabot doesn't really butcher any of these songs; the main problem is the sameness of the delivery--only "Who Killed Davey Moore" shows any real emotion. At least when Rhino Records released the GOLDEN THROATS series (including a couple of Cabot's performances), they offered some variety by adding Leonard Nimoy, Jack Webb, William Shatner and Mae West into the mix. After 12 tracks of Cabot's uninspired delivery, you'll need to rinse your ears out with BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME or HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED. [Running Time 27:07]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worthwhile listening July 4, 2010
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This recording was so severely maligned in the rock press that I knew it would be good. Seriously. Except for the one non-Dylan track, "And Mostly They Sing," this is a different, interesting, and sometimes artful take on eleven Dylan songs.

I'm not making a case that this is a classic, but it has its very worthwhile moments. I think the opening track, "Who Killed Davey Moore," is the most effective on the album. Cabot's dramatic reading is powerfully evocative, and "Seven Curses" comes in a very close second.

For the uninitiated, don't let the negative buzz that always surrounded this album keep you from listening to it. Remember that even the "Rolling Stone Record Guide" in its first edition rated Dylan's outtakes album, "Dylan," with a bullet. These recordings still sound fresh, despite being 40+ years old, which has as much to do with the quality of Dylan's writing as it does with Sebastian Cabot's interpretations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss the re-release of this? May 4, 2009
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I became a Sebastian Cabot fan in the early '60s when he played Dr. Carl Hyatt on "Checkmate." When the guy who grew up to be Dr. Demento brought this album over to the house in the late '60s and played it, I laughed so hard that my sides ached for days. I have not a bit of doubt that Mr. Cabot's tongue was so firmly in cheek that it's a miracle he could speak.

I'd been looking for this for years but gave up before the turn of the century. I just received it, and it's as funny as I remember it -- even without herbal enhancement.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and good, in a twisted way
Sebastian Cabot recites the lyrics of Bob Dylan songs to the gentle backing of string quartets and jazz combos. Read more
Published on May 5, 2012 by James Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
Simply the best Dylan ever!

Cabot at his best!

Recorded when he was as popular as Justin Bieber but a lot more sexy.

Hotttttttttttt! Read more
Published on March 25, 2011 by Peter Yarmouth
4.0 out of 5 stars A Daring Approach...
Back in the day (1968) when I was a senior in high school, a hip, young student teacher brought this album into our class as the centerpiece of an English lesson that she had put... Read more
Published on July 6, 2010 by Linwood I. Greer
1.0 out of 5 stars Why and what's the reason for?
British actor Sebastian Cabot was best known for playing the butler, "Mr. French", on the sitcom Family Affair. On this album, Cabot "acts out" the lyrics to songs by Bob Dylan. Read more
Published on October 5, 2009 by Johnny Heering
3.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's poetry, Cabot's delivery
I first heard this album in the 60's, so it takes me back every time I listen to it. It's fun to either concentrate on meaning or to sit back and just go with the flow of the... Read more
Published on September 4, 2009 by J. Percival
5.0 out of 5 stars niche market item
First thing you have to know the original music to get enjoyment out of this humorous release.
Published on April 20, 2009 by John Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes...
It is often mentioned that Sebastian Cabot played Mr. French in Family Affair. What has not yet been pointed out is that he also played the devil on an episode of The Twilight... Read more
Published on November 12, 2007 by David A. Silva
2.0 out of 5 stars A song or two, okay,,,,,,,,,,a dozen,,,,,,,torturous.
I heard SC's version of LIKE A ROLLING STONE, and was really intrigued.
I bought the disc,,,,,,,,,,,,,
It's just tooooooo, tooooooooo, much. Read more
Published on September 5, 2007 by Marvin Bluth
1.0 out of 5 stars Ratings are meaningless.
On what basis would you want to rate this? Five stars for "Most wrongheaded recording of all time"? I suppose Sebastian Cabot was trying to act as an ambassador to the older... Read more
Published on July 28, 2007 by Nina Shishkoff
4.0 out of 5 stars isn't it frustrating how hard is to initiate into dylan people with a...
this record has merit from the fact nowadays dylan is being mentioned again and again for a literature nobel prize. Read more
Published on June 6, 2007 by Javier A. Goliszewski
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