16/4/17 – Bob Dylan And Johnny Cash – Girl From The North Country – 1969

Song Of The Day

Originally appearing on Bob Dylan’s second solo album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan released in 1963, he re-recorded the track as a duet with Johnny Cash and opened his 1969 album Nashville Skyline with the song.

Although it starts off so well, the recorded version sounds like they were relying heavily on their legend to perfom the song for them as they stumbled through the ending, singing together like two janitors and an empty bottle of vodka in a cellar on new years eve. Too famous to rehearse? Too brilliant to do a bad job? Too legendary for criticism? Or perfect? I love them both – deeply, but did someone find it hard to say – you know guys, you might want to do the end again? Or was preserving the moment as it happened its genius? The Johnny Cash Show version almost has them listening to each other’s singing, but not their playing.

Let me know what you think? Sacred cow or magic?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Dylan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Cash

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nashville_Skyline

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Freewheelin%27_Bob_Dylan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_from_the_North_Country

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One Response to “16/4/17 – Bob Dylan And Johnny Cash – Girl From The North Country – 1969”

  1. simone April 18, 2017 at 2:20 am #

    I love both artists dearly too, but personally I think Dylan got it right the first time he recorded it. I feel this song isn’t really one that lends itself to being a duet. The ending bothers me a bit too. Perhaps they wanted to keep a “jamming” vibe? It’s funny but I have not come across one single negative article anywhere about this duet…maybe it’s just me?

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