Wednesday, May 2, 2012

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

I'm not sure anything is ever going to dethrone Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" from its perch as the #1 Greatest Bob Dylan Cover ever. But this should be a serious, serious contender for first runner-up. It's not only magnificent, it answers the question "what would Mick Jagger sound like if he could actually sing?"


  1. I love this version, and the Jagger similarities are striking. Great call. Van sounds like early Mick - "Get Off of My Cloud" and even earlier. Only better, of course. :-)

    Great covers allow you to see something different in a song. Bob's brilliant version of "Baby Blue" is acidic and raw, blunt and brutal. Van's doesn't have the same hiss, but it has a spooky, haunting quality that makes it all his own.

  2. Wow. I heard this version when out and about and thought: "Huh? I don't recall a Stones/Jagger cover of IAONBB." Googled it when I got home and found your site. I love the Drifters-type ("Under the Boardwalk") arrangement, too!