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John Wesley Harding
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2011
Had only heard a couple of Thea Gilmore's tracks late night in the car on Bob Harris' show and was more interested in hearing some new interpretations of Dylan's work than anything else. Well I'm hooked - what a great voice and what great interpretations. I would highly recommend this album to just about anyone. Only one little criticism, in my opinion the production can sound a little synthetic in places, but this is completely outweighed by the good points.
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VINE VOICEon 20 October 2011
With the exception of a couple of standout tracks ("Pity the Immigrant") and "As I went out one morning", I wasn't too impressed when I first heard this album, but after a few listens most of it grew on me.
Most of the tracks are at least pretty good, Thea's expressive voice suiting them well. As well as the two mentioned above, I particularly like the intense "Lonesome Hobo" and the soulful version of "Along the Watchtower" , which I far prefer to either the original or the Hendrix version. Two are, however, to my ears pretty awful, i.e. the thrashy versions of "Drifter's escape" and "The Wicked Messenger"

Overall, a good album. For interesting listening, compare Thea's Dylan interpretations to those of Barb Jungr on "Every Grain of Sand".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2012
It's Bob Dylan, what more can I say. Have to make up another ten words. If it's Bob Dylan it's got to be worth listening to.
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on 22 August 2011
What a great idea to have Thea Gilmore cover this album. It's a concept beautifully conceived. The vocals are assured and perfect for the songs, and the backing musicians
are right "on the money" particularly the guitars(Robbie McIntosh is a fine player). The overall sound quality of the LP is excellent and there is a lovely cohesive feel to the whole work. Every song is good as you would expect with Dylan songs of this vintage. Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I've only heard of Thea Gilmore and just thought she was some singer songwriter of which the folk field has too many even if it only has 10
But I spotted this in HMV last week and as I'm a collector of Dylan covers it sounded ideal.At first I thought it was a Hank Williams tribute as a photo of him is on the sleeve.
Cover versions are the most important aspect of music to my mind.Singer songwriters are ten a penny.
And this is one of those kind of covers albums which treats the songs in imaginative interpretations
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on 1 March 2014
I love Bob Dylan's songs - when sung by someone else! This album is a classic example of my preference with Bob's beautiful words sung by one of Britain's best folk singers. recommended to anyone who likes Dylan or Thea Gilmour.
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on 17 October 2014
Beautiful renditions of almost every track, Thea is one of the very few artists I trust with Dylan songs, and the only reason I can't give 5 stars is that it is a cover of one of the master's finest albums.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2011
I must first declare a (lack of) interest: never having been an avid Dylan fan, I'm both unaware and unconvinced of the original iconic status of John Wesley Harding. So, when Thea Gilmore, one of my favourite artists, declared her intention to re-record the whole thing, I was somewhat baffled and bemused, but I had faith in her: After all, her version of "I Dreamed I Saw St Augustine", from years earlier, is stunning in its own right, and her choice and performance of various covers at her live gigs has always been exemplary.

The end result, though...? Hmmm. It's....it's nice. Excellently played, beautifully sung and produced, but there's not much more I can say about it, although it did send me to dig out the original, if only to see what exactly she'd done. Her take on the now almost overly familiar "All Along the Watch Tower" is certainly brave (if not bold), but the gently lolloping tempo kind of robs it of any urgency: I also keep expecting it to break into her own "The Wrong Side" or even America's "Horse With No Name". "The Drifter's Escape" has a real charge and energy to it, which is refreshing; "Dear Landlord" is performed with a nice bluesy feel, and "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" has a wonderfully yearning atmosphere. A welcome highlight for me is "The Wicked Messenger", which Thea and her band attack with real verve and power. Unfortunately, the album goes on to wrap up with a rather sedate, faithful version of "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" that never takes on its own life. This has, for various reasons, long been one of my favourite Dylan songs without even knowing the album, and I'd hoped Thea might inject a sense of fun with it, let it swing a bit. Unfortunately, it plods nicely and sweetly, but that's about it. It's not that it's bad in any way...it's just that, given the combination of song and performer, it could have been so much more.

Overall? Well...it's a nice enough album, but I'm still not convinced of the point of the exercise.

Following up the excellent Murphy's Heartwas always going to be a tricky proposition, but while her take on John Wesley Harding is by no means a disgrace, I think it's fair to say it's the most inessential Thea Gilmore album I ever hope to own.
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on 25 March 2014
A whole new take on a fav Album. Bob must like it surly. As a baby boomer there must loads more album from the 60's & 70's that can have the same treatment. Come on Thea give us Aqualung!!
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on 21 July 2015
Great concept, as usual Thea delivers the goods.
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