Song du jour: Manfred Mann, “Mighty Quinn”

220px-MightyQuinn45Reaching way back here: “Mighty Quinn” by Manfred Mann.

The song has a bit of a history. Dylan recorded a few takes for the Basement Tapes sessions, but never released it. The first public release of the song was by Manfred Mann. Dylan’s own recording was not released until the album Self Portrait, an album Bob Dylan called something of a joke intended to get people to quit looking to him as the spokesperson of a generation. But even then it was a live recording: one of the Basement Tapes studio versions, backed by The Band, wasn’t released until Dylan’s 1985 box set Biograph. Dylan’s releases of the song vary between the titles “The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)” and “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn).” This last title is the one Dylan chose for his Biograph album.

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