Original Song: Bob Dylan "Ballad Of Hollis Brown" (1964)


In early editions of The Rolling Stone Record Guide, Dave Marsh dismissed these Scottish sons of bitches as “dog food…dreadful stuff.” But for these nine minutes, they're smart enough to acknowledge the drone at the heart of Dylan's music, and to give his braid-bleeding rats-on-the-floor grass-turning-black outskirts-of-town South Dakota mass-murder ballad the scarifying metal-dirge treatment it deserves. Nazareth, in truth, were one of the great har- rock cover bands, and they were very fond of folk-rock—they did alright by Bonnie Dobson's “Morning Dew,” Joni Mitchell, and Little Feat, as well. Plus—most famously, of course—the Everly Brothers' “Love Hurts.”