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Blues On Blonde On Blonde (Telarc)

By: Mark A. Lawrence the IV

Here's an equation for you, take (A) the music of one of the most historic albums of folk Godfather Bob Dylan, add (B) the interpretation of some of today's most active Blues artists. The result is the great album Blues On Blonde On Blonde. Dylan's songs lend themselves well to the blues, giving these tunes a spicy new flavor stemmed from the addition of soulful reading of lyrics and aggressive guitar work. Anders Osborne's take on "Visions of Johanna" is a great mix between respect to the original version and Osborne's adaptation, with his vocal style matching the structure of Dylan's but infused with a mad blues guitar that stretches the songs boundaries and livens it up. Eric Bibb's rendition of "Just Like a Woman" is a lovely take on this soulful song, lending vocals that dig deep into the emotions of this tune. One of the tracks that stands out the most is Walter Trout's "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" with his stomping vocal progression backed by his awesome team up on guitar with Brian Stoltz, one of the talented TELARC staples. It took time for me to gain as much appreciation for Dylan's voice as his song writing abilities. When I was younger I worked under the assumption Dylan songs were better sung by someone else, with this album I'd have to say I was half right, because in the right hands, like those of these Blues singers, his songs can be enhanced to take the form of something greater. Rating: A-
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