Covers: Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues

“Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” is one of the best songs on one of Bob Dylan’s best albums, 1965’s Highway 61 Revisted. In addition to the original version, a live 1966 version with the musicians later known as the Band was the b-side of the single of “I Want You”. It was recorded in Liverpool on May 14, 1966. The link also connects to a picture of the single. This version is also on the box set of the 1966 live recordings (disc #14). The Cutting Edge collection also has unreleased versions – see the second video. Dylan and the Band performed it on the 1974 tour but it wasn’t on the official album from the concerts, Before the Flood. They did perform it in the show I saw – 1/6/74 afternoon in Philadelphia.

There are many covers by artists such as Nina Simone and Bryan Ferry. Check out the version by the Handsome Family.

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