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

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 2, 2007)
  • Rmst ed. edition
  • 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: #578,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By C. C. Black on 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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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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Sebastian Cabot recites the lyrics of Bob Dylan songs to the gentle backing of string quartets and jazz combos.

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!
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Simply the best Dylan ever!

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!
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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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