The Flaming Lips’ cover of “Lay Lady Lay” is at once reverent to the original Nashville Skyline track and willing to take it to characteristically strange places. Though anchored by a simple acoustic strum, frontman Wayne Coyne slathers his vocals in reverb, adding a psychedelic edge to the tune which the Lips continue to toy with throughout the track.
Along with the Flaming Lips, contributors to the Dylan Revisited compilation include Richard Thompson (covering “This Wheel’s On Fire”), the Weather Station (“Precious Angels”), Thurston Moore (“Buckets of Rain”), Low (“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”), Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood and Jay Gonzalez (“Blind Willie McTell”) and Weyes Blood (“Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands”).
Much of Uncut’s issue will also be celebrating Dylan’s upcoming 80th birthday, May 24th. The issue will feature memories from various friends, collaborators and fans including Paul McCartney, Robbie Robertson, Jeff Tweedy, Graham Nash, Kris Kristofferson, Elton John and Roger Daltrey.