The present album rings in the era of cover versions and appeared at the time when Bob Dylan’s departed from the path of folk singer to travel down the road of ‘electrified’ rocker. The needle barely has to touch the groove before it become quite clear just why this record tops the list of early Dylan cover productions. Two acoustic guitars and a bass are all that Odetta would tolerate to provide a stage for her now swinging, now bluesy ‘original instrument’ - as the black singer described her voice. The rest was taken care of by the genial arrangements which most certainly contributed to the rather taxed "Tambourine Man" giving a ten-minute long peak performance.
In addition, Odetta renders songs which the great man himself never ever set down. Original versions of "Baby, I’m In The Mood For You", "Walking Down The Line" and "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" never appeared in the Sixties. And the songs "Long Ago, Far Away" and "Long Time Gone" were never released on any of the official Bob Dylan records. But who needs all this background knowledge to enjoy this music to the full?
Odetta (voc, g); Bruce Langhorne (g, tam); Peter Childs (g); Les Grinage (b)
Release date: 09/03
Recording: 1965 at RCA Victor’s Studio A, New York City by Bob Simpson
Production: Jack Somer
1. Baby, I'm in the Mood for You
2. Long Ago, Far Away
3. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
4. Tomorrow is a Long Time
5. Masters of War
1. Walkin' Down the Line
2. The Times They are A-Changin
3. With God on our Side
4. Long Time Gone
5. Mr. Tambourine Man