Songs of Bob Dylan

Songs of Bob Dylan

by Joan Osborne


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On 1995's Relish, the album that made Joan Osborne a star, one of the highlights was a darkly soulful cover of Bob Dylan's "Man in the Long Black Coat." Osborne's take on the song was intelligent and insightful, and was an early indication of her abundant strengths as an interpretive vocalist. Twenty-two years later, Osborne has devoted an entire album to tunes penned by Dylan with 2017's Songs of Bob Dylan, and once again she demonstrates she has a real knack for bringing his words to life. While Osborne doesn't seem to be bent on radically reinventing the material, she certainly puts her own spin on these songs. Most people approach "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" as a goof, but Osborne gives the song a bluesy gravity that takes it to unexpected places, and her "Highway 61 Revisited" is slowed down and sounds like a hellhound is on the trail of the tune's protagonists. There's a real sense of heartache in "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" and "Tangled Up in Blue" (the latter performed without switching the genders), and "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" boasts a weary warmth missing from most recordings. (And her rich performance of "Dark Eyes" from the oft-criticized Empire Burlesque is a reminder that every Dylan album has at least one honestly great song.) Osborne can bring emotional depth to these songs without going overboard, and the strength of her instrument is impressive here, full of humanity and hard-won wisdom. The members of the studio band (anchored by Jack Petruzzelli and Keith Cotton, who handle most of the guitars and keyboards and co-produced with Osborne) also understand that restraint can be soulful, and they follow Osborne's lead beautifully. It's hard to blame anyone for thinking the last thing the world needs is more Bob Dylan covers, considering how many artists have so thoroughly tackled his body of work. But Osborne's strength and smarts bring something fresh to the 13 compositions on Songs of Bob Dylan, and it's a welcome reminder of the talents of both the singer and the songwriter.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/2017
Label: Womanly Hips Records
UPC: 0752830444416
catalogNumber: 304444
Rank: 73513

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joan Osborne   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Mann   Tenor Saxophone
Keith Cotton   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Prophet Synthesizer
Jack Petruzzelli   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Hand Clapping,Slide Guitar,Omnichord,sleigh bells,Micro Moog,Guitar (Baritone)
Aaron Comess   Drums
Antoine Silverman   Fiddle,Violin
Jim Boggia   Electric Guitar
Andrew Carillo   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar,Electric Sitar,Hi String Guitar (Acoustic)
Richard Hammond   Bass
Yair Evnine   Cello
Michael Hartmann   Acoustic Guitar
Kent Olsen   Drums
Jay Mortaen   Bass
Carl Spataro   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Keith Cotton   Producer,Engineer
Jack Petruzzelli   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Joan Osborne   Producer
Cameron Greider   Engineer
Gina R. Binkley   Art Direction
John Nielsen   Engineer
Matt Shane   Engineer
Pete Keppler   Engineer
Kent Olsen   Engineer
Glenn Ianaro   Engineer

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