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Younger Than
That Now
8/10
This is a double album of Bob
Dylan songs to mark the great
man’s 70th birthday.
In all there are 30 tracks from
some brilliant artists, among them
Christine Collister with the
wonderful Forever Young. The
excellent one-time Bristol resident
Steve Tilston performs Love Minus
Zero/No Limit. It is a real breath of
fresh air.
And Julie Matthews delivers an
intense and beautiful version of To
Make You feel My Love.
These familiar tracks drawn from
five decades of Dylan’s song
writing are all performed with
affection.
ROB STOKES-Bristol Evening Post
Text Box: With Dylan fast approaching 70-as I type these words the birthday looms large on the horizon-timely might be a good word to describe the arrival of this tribute/charity collection from the decent people at Circuit Music. Weighing in at a meaty 31 tracks the selection of tracks ranges far and wide through Mr. Zimmerman’s body of work. Another given is that some of the contributors are ‘names’ and others you’ve never heard of but what’s heartwarming is that some of the lesser known actually do better than the well- known. Case in point, a young woman who I’ve happened across before singing great songs of her own, here adds a unique, almost spaced, but addictive version of One More Cup of Coffee and that’s Patsy Matheson. She gets right inside the song and turns it into a blues for sensitive souls with a vocal that’s half spoken and half seduction. Likewise Sarah Dean’s Man in the Long Black Coat with harp no less-sounds crazy I know, but it works.
More familiar there’s a reading of Forever Young which Christine Collister was born to sing, her voice and the arrangement-well done Dave Armstrong-fit together hand in glove. Former partner Clive Gregson does a sparkly, rolling Tomorrow is a Long Time, Julie Matthews cracks open To Make You Feel My Love with just a keyboard while Martin Simpson renders Mr Tambourine Man faithfully with his distinctive guitar lines adding hints of Africa. Thumbs up to Jez Lowe who would have been the last person I would have said could have delivered a cracking version of Changing of the Guards but by taking things at a Poguish pace and turning it into a jig, Jez actually pulls off the unlikeliest of feats: add bass and drums and it could be Lick The Tins........
............Undoubtedly Dylan is the most significant singer-songwriter in rock..er...folk....oh heck-music! This is a great way to celebrate his birthday....
Simon Jones FROOTS
Text Box: This interesting compilation of 30 covers to celebrate the great man’s 70th birthday.... there are fascinating reinterpretations of Visions Of Johanna by Chris Smither and Changing Of The Guards by Jez Lowe, to name but two among the British and American acts.
Yorkshire’s very own poet Ian McMillan introduces proceedings with his compelling memory of first hearing Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands on the radio and there is a rare 1972 recording of To Ramona by the erstwhile Yorkshire comedian Tony Capstick.
Other highlights include Gary Hall’s plaintive I Shall Be Released and a haunting live version of Not Dark Yet by Steve Phillips and The Rough Diamonds, recorded at the Grosvenor Hotel in Robin Hood’s Bay..........a brave project, the proceeds of which go to Oxfam.
ROBERT BEAUMONT-York Press
Text Box: Released to coincide with Dylan's 70th birthday this double charity cd compilation offers a broad spectrum of Dylan covers within the British folk community and those associated with that community. With Circuit Music's Chris Euesden at the helm, a long time Dylan afficionado, the chosen songs and performances cover a broad range here, with interpretations of the jazz-tinged Spanish Harlem Incident by The Burdon of Paradise, the soulful One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below), by one of the UK's criminally overlooked singers Patsy Matheson, the bluesy Ballad of Hollis Brown by Hans Theesink and the Country-influenced You Ain't Going Nowhere by John Leonard, all of which are respectfully treated by performers who obviously love the songs. Chris's own 'tribute' band Blonde on Bob also squeeze in a couple of choice interpretations of Love Sick and the enduring When I Paint My Masterpiece.
Opening with a spoken introduction by Ian McMillan, who reveals that familiar moment known to us all, the moment we first heard Dylan, in his case Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands sometime in the mid-Sixties, in my case around about the same time only with Subterranean Homesick Blues; the poet reminds us of how magical that moment was for some of us. We all have our own specific moment to recall.
The time frame has also been given some consideration, with the inclusion of a rare 1972 live recording by the late Tony Capstick singing To Ramona, through to contemporary interpretations of Boots of Spanish Leather by Ewan McLennan, Simple Twist of Fate by Dan Wilde and a gorgeous version of It Ain't Me Babe by Edwina Hayes. The cream of the established Brit folk scene is also represented by long time Dylan admirers Martin Simpson (Mr Tambourine Man), Dave Burland (Girl From the North Country) and Chris and Kellie While (Mississippi), all of whom have been spotted recently singing these songs at their own gigs.
There are thousands of Dylan interpretations out there, some of which are better than others, some of which are better than the original and there will be more, many more. What makes this compilation appealing is that we who embrace the UK folk scene and those artists involved in that scene, can be reassured that this man's music is in good hands. We're still listening to and interpreting the songs fifty years on and even at 70, Dylan's tide of song shows no sign of ebbing.
All proceeds from the sale of this album are being donated to OXFAM.
ALAN WILKINSON-NORTHERN SKY
www.alanwilkinson.co.uk
Text Box: Various - Younger Than That Now (Fat Cat) 
Chris Euesden, singer with Dylan tribute band Blonde On Bob, says the genesis for this 70th birthday tribute came when he realised every gig he’d been at over the course of several months had included a Dylan song. From that observation comes this double disc set of new recordings by artists from the roots and folk community, one which, undoubtedly like those gigs, underlines the fact that it’s vintage rather than contemporary Bob that dominates musical affections.
Of the 30 songs covered, only four are from albums released after 1990, and of those three (Not Dark Yet, Love Sick and Julie Matthews’ beautiful version of To Make You Feel My Love) come from 1997’s Time Out of Mind and the most recent, Chris and Kellie While’s reading of Mississippi, is from 2001’s Love & Theft. With the exception of Ring Them Bells (Rosalie Deighton) and Man In The Long Black Coat (Sarah Dean) from 1989’s Oh Mercy, everything else is from the 60s and early 70s, the period most would define as Dylan’s golden era.
With some musicians cross pollinating the tracks, it’s an impressive line-up of performers, all of whom provided their services for free with proceeds going to Oxfam. Familiar names include Steve Tiltson with a fine fingerpicked version of Love Minus Zero/No Limit, Mr Tambourine Man by Martin Simpson, Stephen Fearing .............on resophonic guitar for a dreamy One Too Many Mornings, Dave Burland with a suitably folky Girl From The North Country and Jez Lowe introducing penny whistle into Changing Of The Guard.
Among lesser known and newly emerging artists, you’ll find Patsy Matheson (One More Cup Of Coffee), throaty veteran Dutch folkie Hans Theesink (Ballad of Hollis Brown), Phil Cerny (The Times They Are A-Changin’), Edwina Hayes (It Ain’t Me Babe), and, featuring Helen Watson on vocals, The Burden of Paradise serving up a bluesy Spanish Harlem Incident. .....................................saving favourites to last, personal highlights would have to be Julie Matthews, Chris Smither’s husky Visions Of Johanna, Clive Gregson’s easy rolling Tomorrow Is A Long Time, his former singer partner Christine Collister with an anthemic soaring Forever Young and, bringing it all back to where the idea came from in the first place, a 1972 live recording of To Ramona by Tony Capstick.
As the notes say, it’s not the first compilation of interpretations and it won’t be the last, but it deserves to stake a place among the better ones.........................................
Mike Davies May 2011 Net Rhythms


Text Box: Various Artists – YOUNGER THAN THAT NOW: SONGS BY BOB DYLAN (Fat Cat FATCD. 023) 
Inevitably, there’ll be a rash of tribute albums released this year to mark Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday. Equally inevitably, many of them will be of dubious quality at best. But Younger Than That Now is to be counted one of the best of the multi-artist beanfeasts I’ve encountered so far, not least for the overall consistency of its performances but also for the fact that it doesn’t roll on auto-pilot down the same ol’ highways and predictable highlights of Dylan’s massive output. 
Although its 30 selections draw upon most temporal phases of the man’s writing, there’s no trace of Knocking On Heaven’s Door, Blowin’ In The Wind, Like A Rolling Stone, All Along The Watchtower etc etc – and even what you might call the more well-trodden of the examples here (Forever Young, Boots Of Spanish Leather, Girl From The North Country, I Shall Be Released, The Times They Are A-Changin’) still emerge pretty fresh from their transformation onto this pair of discs. ..................................................
It helps that the idea for the project was born out of the humblest and most natural of intentions; to turn the spotlight on a whole cross-generational trend for enterprising, and valid, re-evaluation of the songs from a different perspective. This in turn had been spawned by the realisation by a long-time Dylan fan, over the period of a few months early last year, that almost every gig he’d attended during that time had included a Dylan cover. This fan happened to be York-based musician Chris Euesden, who himself fronts the established Dylan tribute band Blonde On Bob................................. and has a healthy network of contacts within the folk and roots scene, from “A-List” names to comparative unknowns, international stars to local talents, all of whom have readily and freely contributed to this project (all proceeds from which, incidentally, go to Oxfam). 
What’s both important and noticeable about this set is that every last performer gives a committed and individual interpretation of his/her chosen song; rather than merely trotting out a cloned tribute or a “received opinion” cover inseparable from countless others. You may not necessarily like every treatment (some are decidedly maverick), or agree with the slant taken by the artists concerned, but there’s no doubting the integrity on display (a quality often in short supply in the music industry these days). 
Highlights of the collection for me come courtesy of Hans Theesink (who turns in a superb account of Ballad Of Hollis Brown); Martin Simpson (whose Mr Tambourine Man sports in its magic rippling Africana-smoke-rings some trickier-than-usual guitar dexterity that remains quietly aloof from the lyric while complementing it, and its melodic line, to curious perfection); Stephen Fearing (a neatly poised rendition of One Too Many Mornings); Patsy Matheson (whose brilliantly original, near-sprechstimme, world-weary take on One More Cup Of Coffee conjures up such a strangely seductive vision); and a fantastic 1972 live recording of To Ramona by the late Tony Capstick. Then there’s Chris Smither’s finely judged take on Visions Of Johanna (with Tim O’Brien and Dave Goodrich in tow, naturally), Clive Gregson’s relaxed stride through Tomorrow Is A Long Time, Edwina Hayes’ pared-down but intense account of It Ain’t Me Babe, and Steve Phillips’ live-at-the-club rough-diamond trip through Not Dark Yet. 
I also really liked Steve Tilston’s sanguine account of Love Minus Zero (No Limit) and the unusual take on Spanish Harlem Incident by Helen Watson and The Burden Of Paradise, whereas the intriguingly idiosyncratic Man In The Long Black Coat, as reinterpreted by one of York’s most imaginative performers, harpist-singer Sarah Dean, is a real gem. Julie Matthews renders To Make You Feel My Love predictedly gorgeous with minimal keyboard resources, and Christine Collister’s marvellous version of Forever Young is almost certainly the one to have in your collection (and I don’t particularly like the song!). 
Sure, there are some wayward wild-cards too, not least the introduction to the whole set, a likeable and affectionate new poem by Barnsley bard Ian McMillan, which is just right in its context and entirely fit for purpose. 
So there we are..................................if ever a tribute demonstrated the extent and sheer breadth of Dylan’s pervasive (and varying) influence on successive generations of performers – well then, this set is one such. 
David Kidman  folkandroots.co.uk
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****(4 stars)
YOUNGER THAN THAT NOW
(FAT CAT) www.youngerthanthatnow.info

Bob Dylan covers are guilty pleasures;they can make you cringe or they can make you laugh, but they can offer a new light on an old song. To celebrate Bob’s seventieth birthday and with all proceeds going to Oxfam, Younger Than That Now, presents thirty new interpretations from mostly British artists, grizzled veterans (one long dead) and rising young performers.
Introduced by a poem from Ian McMillan that will stir memories in all Dylan fans of a certain age, Steve Tilston is first up with a version of ‘Love Minus Zero/No Limit’ decorated with the sort of acoustic guitar that reimagines it as a Desire out-take. There are some exceptional performances. The first is from Chris and Kellie While who take ‘Mississippi’ seemingly much too fast before a vocal trick reveals that this is early 70’s Joni Mitchell.
Chris Smither offers a dark laconic take on ‘Visions of Johanna’ while Dave Burland takes the overdone ‘Girl From the North Country’ and makes it his own, placing the borderline somewhere around Berwick. Craig & Willoughby’s soul-drenched ‘I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight’ is disconcerting but Cathryn’s powerful voice carries the day. 
Other notable names include Clive Gregson, Hans Theessink, Christine Collister, Martin Simpson and Jez Lowe-who has the best track credits of the year.

Dai Jeffries 
R2 Rock’n’Reel