Today is a big Tuesday for all of us in Dylan’s camp. Like a lot of you, I will be at the record store bright and early (relatively speaking) to pick up a copy of Modern Times, Dylan’s 31st studio album. I have resisted checking out any of the tracks prior to the release date in order to take it in as a whole (quite the excercise in self-control.) If this LP is anything like his past two Daniel Lanois produced “comeback” albums, we’re all in a for a real treat.

Appropriately, most music media has had some sort of Dylan feature gearing up for the release. My favorite of these has been Mojo Magazine’s “Roots of Bob Dylan” compilation in which they have compiled a smattering of various artists said by Dylan himself in Chronicles Vol. I to have had an effect/influence on his work. The magazine did a fantastic job and is well worth your eight (U.S.) dollars.

One of the tracks featured on the comp is Lightnin’ Hopkins “Baby Please Don’t Go.” A fine version in and of itself, but for me the definitive rendition will always be Van Morrison’s take on the tune while working with his old band THEM (see below mp3). Also below you will find Dylan’s cover which can be found on the unreleased bootleg “the Freewheelin’ outtakes.”

******If you’ve bought/heard the new Dylan record, let me know what you think below in the comments.

Lightnin’ Hopkins :: Baby, Please Don’t Go
Them :: Baby, Please Don’t Go
MP3: Bob Dylan :: Baby, Please Don’t Go
Amazon: Bob Dylan – Modern Times

Related: Lost Album Series :: Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash Sessions
+ Visit The Hype Machine for additional Dylan MP3s.


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