Sebastian Cabot Actor: Bob Dylan Poet Import, Original recording remastered
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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.Read more ›
You will probably be reminded of late 60s English teachers trying to be "relevant", or of Peter Sellars's recitations of Beatles lyrics, but this is balanced on the edge--is he serious, or not? Such deadpan treatment made "Zaz Turned Blue" into a beautiful twisted gem. These tracks don't reach that level of perfection, but they are worth a listen.
Especially worth your while is "It Ain't Me Babe", in which Cabot channels Eddie Lawrence's "Old Philosopher" as he asks the questions that end each verse. You're waiting for "Is that what's botherin' you, Bunky? WELL, LIFT UP YOUR HEAD..." but it never comes, just a grandfatherly chuckle and "It ain't me babe, no, no, no... it ain't me babe..."
Come to think of it, Mr. Cabot was well ahead of his time, decades before Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine. Bravo, Mr. C!
Cabot at his best!
Recorded when he was as popular as Justin Bieber but a lot more sexy.
Hotttttttttttt! Just look at the album cover photo. The cane and hanky, Wow thats hot!
Ask Sissy or Mrs Beasly!
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]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Linwood I. Greer
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... Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by Charles - Music Lover
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 morePublished on October 5, 2009 by Johnny Heering
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 morePublished on September 4, 2009 by J. Percival
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. Read morePublished on May 4, 2009 by Pieter B
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
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 morePublished on November 12, 2007 by David A. Silva
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
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 morePublished on July 28, 2007 by Nina Shishkoff