80 Artists Pick Their Favorite Bob Dylan Song For Bob Dylan’s 80th Birthday

(via Stereogum) by Ryan Leas

In the almost 60 years since Bob Dylan released his debut album, countless words have been spilled on his singular legacy. There are books and movies and over half a century’s worth of music journalism trying to dissect the mystery and pin down the multitudes. College courses unpack his lyrics. A Presidential Medal Of Freedom and a Nobel Prize and who knows how many other honors mark Dylan’s towering, seismic presence as not just a musician but a cultural and literary icon of the American Century. All of which is to say: You and I both know about Bob Dylan, and there’s little I could say to celebrate his 80th birthday that hasn’t been said many times before.

Instead, we chose to celebrate the occasion by surveying a vast array of musicians on their favorite Bob Dylan song. (Technically, there are picks from 86 musicians here, but we didn’t want to wait another six years to publish this. Consider it a bonus.) Below, you’ll find singer-songwriters working in a tradition most obviously indebted to Dylan, but you’ll also find young country stars and ascendent art-rockers and jazz boundary-pushers. You’ll find David Byrne writing an essay about one of Dylan’s most recent songs, and you’ll find David Crosby remembering the first time he saw Dylan play in the Village, and a whole lot more. All spoke to Dylan’s incomparable influence, the way he kicked open some kind of door or another no matter what form an artist works in. We were excited and stunned by all the thoughtful responses we received for this project, and we think you will be too. Happy birthday Bob Dylan!

Read more: Best Bob Dylan Songs According To 80 Musicians (stereogum.com)

Recommended Albums #82

Full Moon: Full Moon (1972)

This semi-legendary 1972 album featured Paul Butterfield Blues Band alumni in an early example of the Jazz-Rock fusion that would find greater visibility later in the decade as bands like Weather Report and the Crusaders would release their most successful albums and Steely Dan would create session star-studded records like Katy Lied and Aja.

Full Moon was an album that never garnered mainstream exposure but was influential among musicians, who shared it among themselves.

The musicianship is excellent, the feel is loose, the solos are tasty, and the styles vary from song to song. The rocking opening track “The Heavy Scuffle’s On” evokes Traffic, while “To Know”, which follows it, is a gorgeous Tower of Power-like R&B ballad. And so on, each track leaning a bit more toward jazz, or gospel or Miles Davis fusion.

This is one of those albums that hit the cutout bins unjustly. Now is your second chance (or more likely your first) to check out this obscure gem.

Listen to: “The Heavy Scuffle’s On”

Don’t Miss: “To Know”

Listen to: “Take This Winter Out of My Mind”

Listen to: “Midnight Pass”

On a Lighter Note…

Songs You May Have Missed #694

Struts: “Mary Go Round” (2014)

The aptly-named Struts came out of the gate in 2014 with the cocksure swagger of a band who seemed to know world domination was just around the next Slade-evoking hook.

Two consistently enjoyable albums later the band has proven that while not everybody wants the Struts, their anthemic, glammy throwback rock has a place in the charts and hearts of 21st century rock fans.

“Mary Go Round”, from their debut, makes effective use of key modulation to raise the emotional ante in this affecting breakup tune.

See also: Songs You May Have Missed #591 | Every Moment Has A Song (edcyphers.com)

Did You Ever Realize…

The Beatles Discuss Abbey Road, Let It Be, and the Future of The Beatles in 1969-70 Interviews

An edit of Beatles interviews from 1969 to 1970. Each Beatle generally sounds positive and supportive of each others’ songs and solo projects, but also realistic about the business issues they had been going through.

They also seem surprisingly open to making more Beatles songs and albums in 1970 and beyond.

This audio seems to contradict a central myth of the Beatles that they made Abbey Road thinking it would be their last album.

01 John Lennon (Everett Is Here, September 1969) 0:00

02 Paul McCartney (Scene And Heard, September 1969) 0:31

03 George Harrison (Scene And Heard, October 1969) 11:42

04 John Lennon (Scene And Heard, October 1969) 22:23

05 John Lennon (Scene And Heard, February 1970) 26:55

06 George Harrison (Scene And Heard, March 1970) 30:31

07 Ringo Starr (Scene And Heard, March 1970) 36:23

08 George Harrison (The Beatles Today, March 1970) 38:33

Video of the Week: Liberace’s Jaw-Dropping ’12th Street Rag’

Did You Ever Realize…

Video of the Week: A Night with Weezer

Weezer perform their new baroque pop album OK Human in its entirety along with a few classics.

Video of the Week: The Fab Faux Perform a Near-Perfect Abbey Road Side 2

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