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Album Review

With only seven Bob Dylan covers (three are reprised as "radio edits," another is repeated as an "alternative mix"), and a closing original tune, this is more an EP than a full-length album. Regardless, Dave's True Story does right by Dylan, covering songs from the early part of his career, with two coming from Blood on the Tracks and two from Blonde on Blonde. Reinterpreting them in the DTS' lounge-core, tropicalia fashion works surprisingly well for the most part, emphasizing Dylan's edgy lyrics as singer Kelly Flint brings her languid, torchy sensuality to the mix. Hardcore Dylan fans might find these versions on the smooth side, but the arrangements, while easy-going, are not necessarily easy listening. Stripped down to just stand-up bass, brushed drums, predominantly unplugged guitars, and just a hint of organ emphasizes the unique chord changes that mark the best of Dylan's work. Unearthing New Morning's jazzy "If Dogs Run Free," with talk and sung vocals from David Cantor as Flint scats behind him, is a terrific and unexpected find. "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" is the only track here that doesn't translate as well to the DTS style, since the words are too cutting to be sung in such a relaxed fashion. Additionally, Flint changes notes from the original when she sings "blue" in the chorus, which is jarring. The second "alternative" stab at "You're a Big Girl Now" features reverbed, noir surf guitar, infusing a moody and dynamic twist to the song. "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" plays closest to the original, but Flint's direct approach misses Dylan's sly, understated humor. The lone new composition, "Blood and Bone," although a good-enough DTS track, doesn't belong here musically, and one wonders why the band could not have worked up a few more Dylan tunes to flesh out this otherwise excellent project.

Customer Reviews


The Simple Twist Of Fate: DTS Does Dylan CD had its genesis several months ago, when Dave's True Story was invited to play the annual DylanFest at a winery in upstate NY. The assignment was simple – the repertoire must be all-Dylan. The band members (Kelly Flint: vocals, Dave Cantor: guitar, and Jeff Eyrich: standup bass) picked their favorite Dylan songs and went to work on transforming them - Dave's True Story style. Just before going onstage Dave commented, “either we're going to be tarred, feathered and run out of town for taking liberties, or they're going to love it.” The audience apparently loved it, as there were many requests afterward from people to “buy the CD.” The band had a great time doing it, so the next week they convened at Bennett Studios in New Jersey and recorded their Dylan program, including the Dylan classics “Simple Twist Of Fate,” “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” “I Want You,” “Just Like A Woman,” “You're A Big Girl Now,” “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” and a classic Dave rendition of “If Dogs Run Free.” This CD also includes an exclusive BONUS TRACK, a Kelly Flint original, “Blood & Bone.”

Paying respect to Dylan

I've heard a few people try to sing Dylan songs, and I cringed.
I don't think someone can do their own take on his songs and succeed.
Dave's True Story pays tribute to his lyrics and style, retains the atmosphere conveyed in his stories, and they are the best I've heard, and want to hear more.
There, I've said it.
Many listens.

Simple Twist of Fate: DTS Does Dylan

Very Very nice Kareoke renditions, except for an original take on If Dogs Run Free. But one may understand the words which is difficult sometimes with Bob. I am sure we will listen to this soon on a nearby elevator.


Formed: New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The duo Dave's True Story formed in Manhattan, when songwriter/guitarist David Cantor and singer Kelly Flint met through connections in the New York music scene; Flint showed an affinity for singing Cantor's witty, often risqué songs written in the style of Porter and Gershwin. The duo released their self-titled debut on their own BePop label in 1996 and built a following by performing frequently at New York clubs...
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