Part 3: Reviewing the Carefree Period
7. "Tonight I'll be Staying Here With You"
Bob immediately implores us to toss our tickets out the window, and give it all to abandon over a groovy country riff. This song was often featured as the opening cut during 1975's Rolling Thunder Tour, so it's certainly one that can get the party started and is in many ways a cousin to "On a Night Like This". A bit of sparkling, bluesy piano tops this track off and sends it down the tracks.
8. "This Evening So Soon"
Traditionally done by Dave Von Ronk in the Greenwich Village folk scene, Bob put this one to take during his studio sessions for New Morning. The melody, especially as interpreted by Bob, is utterly engaging, as the lyrics weave together about a hard livin' husband who doesn't make it home for good. On this track from Another Self Portrait, it is exceedingly clear that Bob was still baptized in the folk songs of his youth.the folk songs of his youth.
9. "Blue Moon"
I haven't heard many touch on this cover from Bob, but here is proof he can croon and swoon with the best of 'em. In many ways, Bob let us know he'd be covering Sinatra about a half century ahead of time. Here, you'll hear a perfectly executed classic from a dude you wouldn't mind singing at your wedding.