What sounded like the roof coming off the house sometime in the early hours of last Sunday morning during what you can only hope was the last of the winter’s great storms woke me with a start, stirring me from a hugely disturbing dream in which I was on Mastermind answering questions in my specialist round on The Vicar of Dibley, Seasons 1-3 (1994-2007).

What sounded like the roof coming off the house sometime in the early hours of last Sunday morning during what you can only hope was the last of the winter’s great storms woke me with a start, stirring me from a hugely disturbing dream in which I was on Mastermind answering questions in my specialist round on The Vicar of Dibley, Seasons 1-3 (1994-2007).

I was perhaps understandably so unnerved by this weird reverie I couldn’t even think about reclaiming the sleep from which I’d been so rudely jolted, so instead made this playlist of songs inspired, if that’s the right word, by the wretched recent weather.

If nothing else, it’s an excuse to include one of my favourite Bob Dylan performances, a version of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” from The Great Music Experience festival in Nara, Japan, from May 1994, when Bob was backed by the 90-strong New Tokyo Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Michael Kamen. That’s the great Jim Keltner on drums, by the way.

BOB DYLAN
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall



THE BEATLES
Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aOJGJD-SQc



NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE
Like A Hurricane



LED ZEPPELIN WITH NEIL YOUNG
When The Levee Breaks



DAVID BOWIE
Wild Is The Wind



CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
Who’ll Stop The Rain?




ARCTIC MONKEYS
She’s Thunderstorms)



BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
Thunder Road



CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
Have You Ever Seen The Rain?




BOB DYLAN
High Water (For Charley Patton))



REM
So Central Rain/Have You Ever Seen The Rain?



BRYAN FERRY
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall



THE FOLKSMEN
A Mighty Wind Is Blowin’



Bob Dylan pic: FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images
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