Tom Jones or Billy Childish? Battle of the Bob Dylan cover versions.
Which is the better take on ‘One More Cup of Coffee’: Tom Jones from his new LP Surrounded by Time or Billy Childish – working under the name The William Loveday Intention – on his the New and Improved Bob Dylan LP?
It’s a 1976 Bob Dylan classic from the Desire album and one of his most darkly romantic songs.
It sounds like the arrangement owes a bit to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and is melodic and dramatic with a cinematic production.
William Loveday (aka Billy Childish)’s take on the song is perhaps more faithful to the original and is passionate and raw – with some extraordinary fiddle-playing and a very strong vocal.
So which do you think is best?
Or do you prefer the original or the (frankly, appalling) White Stripes version?
Enough objectivity – the William Loveday Intention is the one which nails it in my opinion. Although Tom’s album is a very impressive collection, he doesn’t quite capture this song as well as he perhaps could’ve….
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