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Sunday Classics: ‘Watching the River Flow’ by Bob Dylan

English rock band Deep Purple covered the tune recently

Published 05.12.21, 12:12 AM
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Released in 1971, the blues-rock song Watching the River Flow was a turning point in Bob Dylan’s career. The American singer-songwriter found an entirely new sound, moving away from country-rock music towards classic rhythm and blues. The English rock band Deep Purple recently covered the tune in their album Turning in Crime.

Listen to their rendition here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qEKVz3UTRg 

Watching the River Flow is an iconic tune packed with distinctive vocals, guitar frills, and piano chords. The lyrics take a step away from Dylan’s political angst, portraying deeply personal emotions reflecting his creative struggles. The number charted high across the globe in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. A number of renowned musicians have covered the tune, from Earl Scruggs to Steve Gibbon and Colin James.

This number is one of Dylan’s greatest hits and was showcased in Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II. Tune in!

- Lygeia Gomes

 

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