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measured recasting ...... replay,
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Peter, Paul and Mary were accused of softening Dylan's message when recording his songs. In actuality they were simply better singers and should have been credited with promoting Dylan's music, and of course, their sincerity and commitment were never questioned. Essentially much of Dylan's (early) work emphasised spontaneity and emotion, you didn't feel too many retakes were necessary, he was moving on too quickly. As other reviewers have pointed out live versions of his songs have tended to show development beyond the original recordings. Early covers of his music, the Byrds, Manfred Mann, tended to work his songs into their style with varying results. Hendrix recast "All Along The Watch Tower" an interpretation with different emphasis. Fairport Convention also succeeded with "If You Gotta Go, Go Now", in French (!). With Dylanesque Bryan Ferry has given the songs a different slant, in particular "Positively 4th Street" replaces Dylan's bitterness and scorn with gentle resignation. He shows the possibilities within the lyrics and makes use of a vaiety of backings to emphasise this. "Gates of Eden" becomes slower, more measured and possibly darker for it. No-one sings Dylan like Dylan, true...but others have expanded his work, with out diminishing it. Dylanesque repays repeated playings. Strongly recommended.