Cover vs. Original

Mr. Tambourine Man

When you hear the song name "Mr. Tambourine Man", you have possibly expected a comparison between Bob Dylan and The Byrds. But just recently I have found the version of William Shatner in the net and I would like to introduce it here.
Shatner, well-known from Star Trek, sings this song in the science-fiction series. But you can't really call it singing. It's more a kind of Sprechgesang. But Shatner has fascinated me with this cover version. Especially Shatner's scream for Mr. Tambourine Man at the end sets my teeth on edge. A totally weird version of this classic song written by Bob Dylan (by the way Dylan's only No. 1 - Hit). You should give Shatner's version a try.
By the way Shatner has sung some other crazy cover versions - I will introduce his interpretation of Rocketman soon.

- Michael Müller, Hamburg, Deutschland, 10.10.2005

William Shatner


Bob Dylan

CD-Cover: William Shatner - Transformed Man 45.7 % 54.3 % CD-Cover: Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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William Shatner 1319 Votes Bob Dylan

Further information about song and bands:

First Church
of Shatnerology
Crazy fansite about William Shatner with lots of funny stuff. There is also a link to Mr. Tambourine Man as mp3.
Bob Dylan
Excellent fansite about Bob Dylan. Lots of news, drawings of Bob Dylan, a Who is Who of people who are related to Bob Dylan are the specialities of this great site.

Comments about Mr. Tambourine Man:

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Shatner could screw up a wet dream, as he has dome with any song he tries to "?sing?". The dude should stay on a starship, anything but not make another album. Do NOT waste your time!!
- Jim, Detroit, United States, 23.10.2005
Shattner's version is just rubbish. He has destroyed the song and totally misinterpreted it.
- Greg, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 23.10.2005
Just an awesome version by William Chatner!
- Jeff, New York, United States, 22.10.2005
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