Eric Alper -'freelance music publicist. SiriusXM host, shameless idealist, lifelong musicaholic', he says though with more upper case than I'd allow - is the Twitter master of the simple musical question that can reliably be expected to draw hundreds or even thousands of responses. 820.7K followers suggest he may be getting something right.
This is the latest of his 'tell me your favourite this or that' tweets:
In honor of Bob Dylan's birthday today, what's your fave Dylan cover by another artist?— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) May 24, 2022
With thanks to Owen Lennox
* If You Gotta Go, Go Now ... Manfred Mann managed a perfectly competent, straight-pop version that made the charts. It took Fairport Convention and the incomparable Sandy Denny, reportedly aided and abetted by a French-speaking fan at a gig who produced an instant translation, to produce this understated masterpiece of English eccentricity ...
Sad-eyed Lady of the Lowlands ... Dylan fans are customarily disparaging when it comes to Joan Baez. Not just because she is is his ex and indisputably an exceptional singer, but also because her heart is in at least as right a place as his and because she has an ability to make any song seem her own. I choose this. As it happens, I also prefer Don't Think Twice, Its Alright by her ...
Boots of Spanish Leather The juxtaposition of the impossibly contrasting voices of Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley is, to my ears if my ears alone, magical ...
This Wheel's on Fire
The spirit of the 1960s and a wonderful Dylan song given a memorable burst of life by Julie Driscoll
Percy's Song A non-starter in this essentially whimsical exercise. I have always raved about Fairport Convention's treatment. But going back to Dylan, I rave still louder about his original ...