What does it sound like?:
It’s taken some time but the requisite number of six listens has finally been achieved. 139 recordings, 117 songs, 67 originals, three of which had appeared on previous albums. All presented in chronological order without any overdubs over six CDs, packaged in a robust box with lavish notes.
The first couple of discs were recorded in the ‘Red Room’ in Dylan’s house, situated in the woods of Woodstock on the outskirts of New York. The Hawks, Dylan’s backing band, (minus drummer) had gathered close by some months after his famous accident. On 29th July 1966, Dylan fell off his motorcycle, fractured vertebrae and was concussed. These recordings were started in May 1967. At first, they sound like a man recovering from major trauma, learning to walk and talk again, supported, cajoled and encouraged by a small group of therapists. Dylan relearns his musical vocabulary, gradually constructing a performance, a way of delivering a song and finding his voice again by using songs buried deep in his memory. The ‘Red Room’ recordings are nearly all simple covers of old songs, any songs; folk songs, traditional songs, country songs, some old rock & roll and some » Continue Reading.