Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Beyond Here Lies... a cover

It didn't take long! Chris Moore of The Laptop Sessions has posted a video cover of the new Dylan song Beyond Here Lies Nothin'.
If you missed the free download at bobdylan.com yesterday, Bob's new release is now available from several pay digitakl music services.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Baez reissues with added Dylan

Joan Baez is releasing expanded versions of 2 of her her '90s albums:

Gone From Danger (1997) - Deluxe 2-CD reissue includes complete 1997 Mountain Stage appearance that includes a duet of To Ramona with Sinead Lohan.

Ring Them Bells (rec.1995) - Deluxe edition with 6 bonus tracks including a solo performance of You Ain't Going Nowhere. The original album included duets of Don't Think Twice with Indigo Girls and Ring Them Bells with Mary Black. A similar expanded CD with the same bonus tracks was released in the UK in 2007, this is it's first US release.

Both CDs are to be released April 28 on Baez's Bobolink label, distributed by Razor & Tie.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Dylan & The Dead Tribute

The Rumpke Mountain Boys, the self-described "Trashgrass / Jamgrass" band, performed a Tribute to Bob Dylan & The Grateful Dead concert February 28 in their home base of Cincinnati. The show is available via bit-torrent at bt.etree.org. (Many RMB shows are also available at the Live Music Archive, but this one has yet to be posted there.)
The show features 10 Dylan songs, including some debuts:
From A Buick 6 / It's All Over Now, Baby Blue / Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues / It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry / Tangled Up In Blue / On The Road Again / Down In The Flood / Black Crow Blues / Subterranean Homesick Blues / If You Gotta Go, Go Now

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

BAP covers - New & Old

Wolfgang Niedecken's BAP is featuring their Kölsche version of Für immer jung (Forever Young) on their current Radio Pandora tour. The band has released a collection of tracks from the tour, Live und in Farbe: Radio Pandora Tour 2008/2009 that includes the 12/1/08 performance in Berlin.
CD available from amazon.de.

Every show from the tour is available from concert-online.com. 24 shows of the ongoing tour are currently listed, each including F
ür immer jung. Shows are available either as mp3 downloads or on USB "Concert sticks." Two shows include an additional Dylan song, Nix anderes em Kopp (License to Kill): Lüneburg 3-11-2009 and Koblenz 3-13-2009.

Some older BAP shows from the Rockpalast TV series have been released on DVD: Hamburg 11/28/81 with It Ain't Me Babe and Like A Rolling Stone, Loreley 8/28/82 with Like A Rolling Stone,
Euskirchen 6/15/01 with Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat, and Cologne 1/15-16/06 with Hurricane (previously released as a bonus track on the Rockt andere kölsche Leeder reissue CD.) Hurricane is performed in English, all other songs in Kölsche.
For more info about these new additions consult the Dylan Covers DataBase.
Thanks to Dirk Krah for all the info

Friday, March 20, 2009

Los Blues cantan a Mr. Dylan (1966 EP)

Added to the Translated pages of Dylan Cover Albums is Los Blues cantan a Mr. Dylan, a 1966 4-track EP of folk-style Spanish translations. This example of the EP was released in Spain, but based on the vocal accent Manuel thinks the recordings may be from Mexico.
Additional information would be appreciated.
Thanks to Manuel Garcia Jara.

The tracklist:
En el viento (Blowin' In The Wind)
No soy yo (It Ain't Me, Babe)
Chica del norte (Girl From The North Country)
Adiós, Angelina (Farewell Angelina)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Dylan Jazz: Disc on Demand

I now have the Dylan Jazz CD-R mentioned earlier in my post about Amazon.com's Disc on Demand service. Based on this disc I have no qualms about treating it or other on-demand titles the same as regular releases. The CD-R is released by the original label, GNP-Crescendo, partnered with Amazon.com, and comes packaged in a standard jewelcase, with a 4-page, 2-sided glossy insert with the original LP front artwork, a printed tray card, and a nicely labeled disc. If not for the notation that it is a CD-R, it would be difficult to tell. The tracks do not show the characteristic high frequency drop-off of mp3s, so I believe they are from a lossless source.
The only complaint I have is the loss of the original LP liner notes about Dylan and the musicians. This release only has a generic history of the label and a short description of the Amazon Disc on Demand service plus a list of other titles available from GNP-Crescendo, including albums with multiple Dylan covers by Billy Strange and Billy Lee Riley. Other than the tracklist, no notes specific to this title are included.
It is interesting to note, 40+ years after it's original release, the printed tracklist still contains the error from the 1966 US LP! (Tracks 7 & 9 are reversed)
The Dylan Jazz listing at Dylan Cover Albums has been updated.
Available from amazon.com

Thanks for the few responses I received to my previous post.
I would like to clarify that I did not intend to re-open a CD vs. CD-R debate, there are many CD-Rs already listed on the site and I have no issue with official or self-released CD-Rs. My question was specific to these new Disc on Demand CD-Rs being offered by Amazon.com, and this question has now been answered as outlined above.

The Phantom Engineers

Temporary Like Achilles Volume 1, the covers album by Northern Ireland's The Phantom Engineers hinted at on their MySpace page last year and reported here, was completed late in the year but unfortunately only a few were made and all were distributed as promos. The album was not offered to the public and is no longer available. Some of the tracks can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
I have added the album information to Dylan Cover Albums HERE. While I normally would not include non-public items, there are other titles already listed with similar pedigrees, so I have listed it in case any of the existing promos find their way to collectors in the future.
The tracklist:
Maggie's Farm / It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry / Hurricane / Girl Of The North Country / Slow Train / Tangled Up In Blue / Like A Rolling Stone / Corrina, Corrina / Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You / Day Of The Locusts / When The Deal Goes Down

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Parkin' Meters Band

17 mp3s from February performances by The Parkin' Meters Band are available at savoy-truffle.de. The band features Zippo Zimmermann, Nina Widjaja, Aline Widjaja and Felix Huber.
Older mp3s by Zippo & Friends are still available on the same page.

Friday, March 13, 2009

New New Pony

It is being reported that White Striper Jack White's new & latest band The Dead Weather cover Dylan's New Pony on their debut album Horehound, to be released in June. White plays drums in the quartet, Alison Mosshart of the UK duo the Kills provides lead vocals.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Kurt Matthew

Kurt Matthew has recently added Guess I'm Doin' Fine, Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance and several Dylan-related songs to his SoundClick.com page. Kurt's page currently offers 58 songs for free download or listening, the majority of them Dylan songs.

Monday, March 09, 2009

On-demand CDRs: What's your opinion ?

I am seeking opinions on how to list the new "manufactured on demand CDRs" appearing at Amazon.com. Should these be considered the same as CD re-issues?
I perceive a difference in new compilations released this way, as with the new Julie Felix collection mentioned earlier, versus reissues of older albums, such as the Dylan Jazz that is now available from Amazon.com. I believe new compilations should be treated the same as new CD releases, but I'm not sure about reissues.
I have ordered a copy of Dylan Jazz, perhaps seeing the CDR will help to settle the question. I am curious to see if these CDRs are burned from MP3s, or are from a lossless audio source, and what kind of packaging and labeling is provided.
Please leave a comment or send an e-mail if you have any thoughts on the subject.

See 3/16 post for more on the subject

Zimming Point news

The next album by Zimming Point will be Dead Wasp Sting, scheduled for May release. The album may be released officially, so no more songs will be available on-line.

The Dylan covers planned:
If I Don't Be There By Morning / Clothes Line Saga / On The Road Again / Open The Door Homer / Catfish / Tight Connection To My Heart / Don't Ya Tell Henry / New Orleans Rag / Down Along The Cove / Living The Blues / Champaign Illinois / The Wicked Messenger / Fur Slippers / Where Are You Tonight?
Plus Further On Up The Road & Orange Juice Blues, and maybe some out-takes as bonus tracks

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Download discoveries

The Sonny Moorman Group [> The Official Bootleg]
Highway 61 Revisited

Willis Clow [> Tunes]
Don't Think Twice (instrumental)

The Rumpke Mountain Boys [at LMA]
Series Of Dreams
(Note: links wrong - download D1T12)

White Antelope
It Ain't Me, Babe
(solo project of Fleet Foxes' frontman Robin Pecknold)

Friday, March 06, 2009

NEW: Julie Felix: Masters of War

Masters of War is a new album of Julie Felix Dylan covers released in the U.S. by Umbrello Records. I haven't seen or heard the collection yet, but the 9 tracks appear to be from her 2002 double-CD "Starry Eyed and Laughing." More info at umbrellorecords.com
The album has been added to Dylan Cover Albums HERE.
Thanks to John W. Bakke for the tip

Available as CD-R ("This product is manufactured on demand using CD-R recordable media.") or MP3 downloads from amazon.com

The tracklist:
Masters of War /
Mr. Tambourine Man / Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands / Subterranean Homesick Blues / It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) / A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall / The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll / Gates of Eden / I Shall Be Released

Monday, March 02, 2009

Battle of the Dylan Cover Bands winner

Congratulations to Italy's Maggie's Farm Southern Band, the winner of DylanRadio.com's Battle of the Dylan Cover Bands with their cover of Slow Train.
Visit DylanRadio.com for more info.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

7 new in Dylan Title Tracks

Dylan Title Tracks has been updated with 7 new items, for a new total of 1,487.

Thanks to Ronald Born, Manuel Garcia Jara and Michael Tearson for this month's Title Tracks additions.