BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “If Not For You”

I know, I’m a day late. I had initially planned on writing this yesterday and doing my taxes today, but decided at the last minute to change the order. Not that I owe anything, although I have to reimburse them for a portion of Mary’s health insurance.

Anyway, today’s song. “If Not For You,” was written by Bob Dylan and appeared on his 1970 album New Morning. Joining him in some of the initial recordings was George Harrison, fresh off the breakup of The Beatles, but no version with both future Traveling Wilburys was part of the final album, although it was included in the 1991 Dylan project The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3: Rare and Unreleased. George released his own version of the song in November 1970 as part of his three-record All Things Must Pass, his first album after the breakup.

Today’s battle will feature a couple of lesser-known versions of the song. Listen to the following two covers, and I’ll see you after then

Phil Keaggy Contemporary Christian artist and guitarist extraordinaire Phil Keaggy’s version is from his 2007 release Acoustic Cafe.

Rod Stewart Rod’s version can be found on his 2006 release Still The Same: Great Rock Classics of Our Time.

Not a whole lot of difference between the two covers, which should make the voting interesting. And that’s the next step: decide which of the two you like the best and tell me what it is and why you like it in the comments below. Then, go visit some (or all) of the other participants and vote in their battles:

I’ll tally the votes and announce the winner of today’s battle next Friday, March 8, so be sure and get your vote in by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Phil and Rod!

13 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “If Not For You”

  1. This is very difficult! Both are great and as you say it a pecki. It.
    I have to go with Rod Stewart because that has got to be the very best vocal of his career believe me I have stood right by him (he was on a stage and me on the dance floor but just inches from him).
    Truth is I loved George Harrison the best Beatle.💜

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  2. I liked the Keaggy version. Just a nice, pleasant singer. As Mary B pointed out, you could actually understand the words he was singing: that will get me every time!

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  3. John,

    I’m not sure I know the song but I enjoyed both covers. Rod did a nice job but it’s Keaggy vocal style I preferred and the mewsic arrangement seemed more liking. His cover seemed more natural to my ear for some reason. Nice battle!

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