The Freewheelin’ Jazz Dylan Covers
The title to Gerry Mulligan’s If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em’s is truth in advertising: the album was clearly designed to appeal to a crossover audience, from its title to its contents — covers of The Beatles (“Can’t Buy Me Love,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” and “If I Fell”), Roger Miller (“King Of The Road”) and Tony Hatch (“Downtown” and “I Know A Place) — but, like every Mulligan album, this one has a lot to recommend it. Mulligan’s radical re-arrangement of Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man" gives this classic song a smokey late night cocktail lounge vibe that makes us want to order a Manhattan and say "play a song for me." It may not reach the lofty heights of these guys, but it easily surpasses this guy.
"Mr. Tambourine Man" by Gerry Mulligan (1965)