Posts Tagged ‘Aquamen’

‘Beauty In The Silver, Singin’ River . . .’

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

We – that is, Odd and Pop and I – are going to continue with our Glenn Yarbrough fixation for a little longer, looking at the origins of yet another track from Yarbrough’s 1967 album, For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her. Today’s tune is, I would guess, the most familiar on the album (although Paul Simon’s title song might challenge for the title): Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time.”

Dylan first recorded the song as a demo in 1962, but the first version he released was a 1963 performance at New York City’s Town Hall that came out on his second greatest hits album in 1972. The demo he recorded in 1962 is, I think, the version that was released a couple of years ago as part of The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos. I’ll dig into that tomorrow.

For now, I’m going to leave you with one of the many covers of “Tomorrow Is A Long Time.” This one is a 1966 version by the Aquamen, a group about which I know nothing. The Dylan tune was the B-side of their “Line and Track” single on the Hiback label, and it’s the only release listed for the band at Discogs. Along with a less-than-assured vocal, I hear a little bit of garage rock (is that a Farfisa? I think it is), a little bit of the Byrds, a little bit of the We Five and a little bit of Hal Blaine, all of which combined makes for an interesting concept. Enjoy!

I’ll have some more versions of the tune tomorrow . . . which actually doesn’t seem such a long time right now.