Musical coincidences # 339

November 21, 2012

Because I’m not a Bob Dylan listener, I only discovered this coincidence recently:

The Beatles – “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (1965)


Bob Dylan – “4th Time Around (1966)

“4th Time Around” by Bob Dylan from Blonde On Blonde from Ron Talley on Vimeo.

I wasn’t able to find any MP3s of “4th Time Around” to use for this post, so I ended up having to use Ron’s video on Vimeo. (Thanks, Ron!) It was the only instance of the song I could find on the Internet.

It looks like Mr. Dylan – or his record company, or his lawyers – have heavy-duty views on people reproducing his music.

To counter the trouble I may get into for airing Ron’s Vimeo video here, I can do what Ron did. He added the following text to his video:

From Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976:

“Copyright Disclaimer, Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for ‘fair use’ for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.”

That’s very handy. I hadn’t thought of that before. Up until I saw that disclaimer, I just put music on the blog and hoped that people understood why I did it. (Hint: It’s so you can hear the music I talk about.)

Musical coincidences # 116

July 2, 2011

This is probably well-known, but I only just noticed it. (Talk about inattentive…)

The coincidence is visual, so you don’t have to be inflicted with something you don’t want to hear.

Exhibit A:

John PhillipsJohn Phillips (1970)

Exhibit B:

Bob DylanDesire (1976)


Song of the day: William Shatner – "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"

October 3, 2009

William Shatner‘s version of The Beatles‘ “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” is indescribable – but I’m going to give it a go anyway:

Imagine Mr. Shatner reciting, in his inimitable Shakespearean (Shatnerian?) manner, some nonsense lyrics as if they were the most profound words ever conceived. Now imagine an unusual but pleasant arrangement of a popular song that appears to be recorded by experienced session musicians who are completely unaware of just who will be performing the lead vocals for that song.

“Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” appears on Shatner’s equally indescribable album, The Transformed Man (1968). I’ll try (and fail) to describe the album. This album is an exercise in dementedness. It’s music from a parallel universe. It’s the only album of its kind – anywhere. It’s the product of an utterly unique mind. It’s an album that is impossible to appreciate by reading about it. It’s an album that could have only be made by one particular man. It’s…

Well, you get the picture. Now it’s time to get the Shatner:

William Shatner – “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (1968)


On the album, each song is preceded by words that I can only term ‘words’ – I can’t really call them ‘poetry’, or even ‘lyrics’, and they’re delivered by the only man on Earth who can deliver them in the way they’re delivered. In order to get you straight to the song, I’ve edited out the spoken-word bit.

If you want to get the full effect (you know you do), you definitely need to hear the whole album. It really is one of the most bizarre albums ever recorded.

The original:

The Beatles – “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (1967)


As a bonus (?), here’s William’s version of “Mr. Tambourine Man” which also appears on The Transformed Man. It’s not as Earth-Shatnering (sorry about that) as “Lucy”, but it’s still unbelievably demented:

William Shatner – “Mr. Tambourine Man (1968)


To bring you back to reality, here’s the more familiar version:

The Byrds – “Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)


And here’s the chap who wrote it:

Bob Dylan – “Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)