Out March 31st. It’s another collection of standards…
I’ve always loved this song, I think I heard Leon Russell’s version first and then Bob’s.
This is stunning, and I’m not a Patti Smith fan, don’t dislike her but was never a huge fan.
But wow, her performance, her stuff-ups, the occasion, and the song. Just gobsmacked. Made me cry for all those reasons.
Ozzie Bob fans might like to know that a vinyl version of the Sydney date from the big 1966 set is chalked in for December the 2nd. I think it’s to be released worldwide too, as there are placeholder listings on various amazon sites, but I’ve included the link for JB HiFi. There may be one or two of you who find this of interest, hopefully!
He filled in for Buddy Holly on the 1959 tour after Buddy was killed, Bob Dylan played in his band and The Beatles covered his songs in Hamburg and on their failed Decca audition.
Above all Bobby Vee made some great pre-Fabs pop records.
Around 1960 Dylan lied his way into Bobby Vee’s band under the name Elston Gunnn (with three n’s) claiming he was a piano player and had toured with Conway Twitty. Vee was impressed, but later learned that Dylan could only play in the key of C. They hired him for $15 a night, but the job didn’t last long as Bob wasn’t much of piano player.
It was lightweight pop perhaps, but Take Good Care Of My Baby was a great Goffin & King song.
Wahey! And other good news later in the Rolling Stone article.
On the old blog I wrote a long piece about seeing Bob Dylan live in Sheffield in 1966. After the Afterword site went down the Dylan piece was subsequently picked up by a couple of blog sites and attracted interest from far and wide.
Then I was approached by the BBC to take part in a Radio 4 documentary about the day in question May 16, 1966. It seems that both Blonde and Blonde and Pet Sounds were released on that date.
The documentary goes to air next week.
So Pet Sounds and Blonde On Blonde are half a century old next week. Which one has aged better?
I was listening to the magnificent Goodbye Cream LP today (on vinyl, natch) and as Eric, Jack and Ginger brought the mammoth 9 minute white hot solo of I’m So Glad to a screaming, shuddering halt, steam coming off the brake pads and rivets straining on the engine room boiler, a few people actually began to applaud during the few moments of ensuing silence. Yes APPLAUD. What were they thinking? Didn’t these lightweight fans know that this was just a temporary halt in proceedings before the band launched back into the main theme of the song and the closing vocal verse?
All of which brings me to concert etiquette. Have you ever noticed that there are several levels of gig-going fans? There are those who applaud the instrumental introduction to a song, presumably to show how clever they are. Then there are others who wait until the opening vocal line before the penny drops, at that point it’s safe for THEM to applaud. Still others wait until the very END of the song to clap, which is just as it should be,
Alternatively, some people like to applaud specific passages of a song. For example, Dylan’s It’s Alright Ma, » Continue Reading.
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Any more favourite Dylan covers?
He is back in the studio , if you like later period Bob it’s good, if not it’s bad.
It’s another covers album so if you liked Shadows in the night…….
I’ve just bought a battered old copy of this album simply because I love the sleeve so much. An iconic image of a man on the cusp off becoming the biggest thing in the music industry and much more. It’s the ordinariness of it that strikes me- it looks like what it is ie a picture of two young things caught up in each other and blissfully unaware of what is coming
Any other suggestions for great sleeves ?
A friend on FB posted this great clip of His Bobness back in 1979 – back when Bob could still sing the tune and play guitar. He’s always had great bands and this one is fabulous. AFAIK it’s Jim Keltner on drums, Spooner on the Wurly, Fred Tackett on guitar and it looks like Carl Radle on bass but maybe it’s Tim Drummond. And a great vocal quartet.
What I love about this is – well, everything. Great three chord song. Bob in classic voice. Fred Tackett’s rhythm and lead playing is just sublime. the BVs are classic soul. And Spooner gets a solo! AND it’s over seven minutes long on what was presumably prime time TV.
It’s not on YouTube so you’ll have to copy and paste one of these links. It’s worth it.
As you’ll probably know, Boxzilla (The Bob version) contains 379 tracks spread over 18 CDs – everything from the studio recordings in 1965/66. I’ve had it for a few weeks now and it has occupied my waking hours fairly completely. Last night, about an hour after I finally got to the far end, I got an e-mail:
We hope you are enjoying The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Volume 12: Collector’s Edition. Thanks again for your purchase!
The holidays are coming early for you via a special gift from Columbia Records: 208 tracks encompassing more than ten hours of previously unreleased live Bob Dylan performances from his landmark 1965 tours, including 14 complete concerts – both acoustic and electric – and an array of recordings from television shows, hotel rooms, and other live appearances.
These live performances are being offered as a free download (in 320 Kbps MP3 format) exclusively to purchasers of the Collector’s Edition.
To redeem your download …
So, that’s 208 more tracks of Bob downloaded… of variable quality, and obviously in the main a copyright protection trick: but if you were dithering over whether to go for the big box this might » Continue Reading.
I’ve had a shit of a week. Work has been quite unpleasant. Just emerging out of the tunnel after a virus and I’ve got the heater on, it is 16 degrees outside , yesterday was 32 and it is supposedly the start of summer.
So what to put on ? Why not that Bob Dylan bloke? Why not the record you bought and have kept in the current play rack rather than filing in the big box? Yep good idea, and a glass of red too.
So on it goes and it is just the ticket.
Superb song selection, great band ,great recording. AAAHHHH but the voice, I hear you say. Well here is the thing, tonight, I’m not up for some master like Frankie gliding over the notes,making the caper sound oooh so easy. No here is Bob, great phrasing, great diction but just struggling in his life worn, cigarette ravaged voice just struggling to make the notes just get close to them.
Yep croaky melancholy, at certain times, is just the ticket.
On the old site (or more likely the Word blog) there was a debate on Blood On The Tracks – arising from the idea that every great album had to have a clunker on it (an idea I did not concur with). Following on from the suggestion that the superb Lily, Rosemary & the Jack Of Hearts was a clunker, someone posted a Definitive listing for BOTT, drawing from the official version, New York sessions and Biograph. If the person who posted that list is still around in these here parts could you please repost it, or if anyone else remembers the list could they put it down? Thank you, in anticipation.
Meanwhile here is the New York version of Lily…
I heard this “Soft, Safe & Sanitized” version of LARS by The Living Voices earlier today. It’s both terrible and brilliant at the same time. What other corny, cheesy or downright weird Dylan cover versions do you know of?
The recent Bob Dylan ‘The Cutting Edge’ music bomb of his 1965-66 sessions has left me on Desolation Row.
For one of my favourite CDs, a real “game-changer”, inspirational and fascinating is now surplus to requirement. I’m talking about the Spank Records bootleg ‘The Thin Wild Mercury Music’ named after a quote from Dylan about the Blonde ON Blonde material sounding metallic – ““that thin, that wild mercury sound”.
Bringing It All Back Home sessions Studio A, NYC January 13-15, 1965 If You Gotta Go, Go Now She Belongs To Me It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue I’ll Keep It With Mine (instr) Love Minus Zero/No Limit
CBS Music Row, Nashville, TN January 21, 1965 Visions Of Johanna (Seems Like A Freezeout)
Highway 61 Revisited sessions, NYC July 30, 1965 From A Buick 6
Highway 61 Revisited sessions, NYC June 16, 1965 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window
Hawks sessions (The Band) CBS studios, NYC Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 1965 Medicine Sunday (Temporary Like Achilles) I Wanna Be Your Lover Number One (instr) Jet Pilot Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window Visions Of Johanna (Seems Like A Freezeout)
Hawks sessions (The Band) New York, » Continue Reading.
NPR are streaming an hour-plus sampler from the deluxe edition of the upcoming Best of the Cutting Edge: Bootleg Series Vol. 12, a week ahead of release.
The Guardian (http://bit.ly/1MoTYhp) is reporting the unearthing of only the 2nd known picture of Billy The Kid. Bought for $2 in a junk shop in Fresno, California it’s expected to fetch a 7-figure sum at auction. That’s Billy on the left playing croquet. The picture was taken in Mexico in 1878. Billy would have been 18. 3 years later he was shot dead by James Coburn..er..Pat Garrett. Obviously cue Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
See the ulimateclassicrock link below
I think is my favourite Dylan period – BIABK, Highway 61, BOB, and I’m not an aficionado.
It’s a pretty amazing story, and it yet again reinforces the recognition that our heroes in this era were making it up as they went along – events that are now historic were, at the time, just what happened.
The video is an early version of Visions Of Johanna.
Fans of Bob Dylan and music in general might like this show from earlier today on Radio 4, where musician/satirist Mitch Benn spends half an hour discussing Bob’s effect on songwriting, singing and being a Rock Star. It’s very funny, entertaining, and edumakational – what more do you want? Next week he does a similar thing for Bowie called Mitch Benn and the Fat Pink Duke.
We had to wait for No Direction Home to see longer 66 tour takes but this was Dylan’s post crash assembly
Twang has said he is happy for the results of his Dylan poll to be posted. Here they are:
Title – total score / number of votes (selector/s) Like A Rolling Stone – 73 / 18 (retropath2, anth25, Barry Blue, bengwy, billy shears, chilli ray virus, Cookieboy, H.P. Saucecraft, Jackthebiscuit, Kid Dynamite, Kiwiian, man.of.soup, mikethep, Paul Wad, Rigid Digit, RubyBlue, Steve Walsh, ianess) Tangled Up In Blue – 60.5 / 17 (billy shears, Artery, Bargepole, Baron Harkonnen, Cookieboy, Fiction Romantic, Gatz, Jackthebiscuit, Kid Dynamite, Lando Cakes, paulwright, Rigid Digit, RubyBlue, slotbadger, stanners, Ted Smith, Tiggerlion) Desolation Row – 35 / 12 (DogFacedBoy, Allium Sativum, Barry Blue, bengwy, fatima Xberg, Fifer, Gatz, Kid Dynamite, Kiwiian, Locust, mikethep, SixDog) Visions Of Johanna – 43 / 11 (Bargepole, bengwy, Blue Boy, Declan, Fifer, henpetsgi, Hoops McCann, madfox, man.of.soup, minibreakfast, slotbadger) Blind Willie McTell – 33 / 11 (henpetsgi, Bargepole, Baron Harkonnen’s son, Charlie Gordon, Declan, fitterstoke, Hoops McCann, SixDog, stanners, Steve Walsh, Ted Smith) Love Minus Zero/No Limit – 32 / 9 (Bingo Little, Baron Harkonnen, Charlie Gordon, Fifer’s wife, ianess, Junior Wells, Lando Cakes, man.of.soup, mikethep) Positively 4th Street – 29 / 9 (Ted Smith, Bargepole, Baron Harkonnen, Fiction Romantic, Hoops » Continue Reading.
Hello “The Massive” I posted earlier this week on the Bob Dylan is rubbish thread. Now as we all know, according to the foie gras hating Brass in Pocket chanteuse Chrissie Hynde, there is a thin line between love and hate. For most of my 53 years I never “got” Dylan and pretty much hated his music,but in the past thee months it just clicked and now I have all that body of work to explore and spend time with…lucky old me! I do however need a, ahem, download of the complete Theme Time Radio Hour, of course I do, you guys know how it is if anyone does…and I can’t find it on my usual dodgy t’internet sites. I am hoping someone out there in obsessive musicland can help a Dylan newbie and point me in the right direction for this. Thanks in advance etc etc.
Sorry if this is only of interest to someone who has been listening to too much 1965-66 Dylan lately but who is it in the band who shouts ‘Let’s Go!’ as they kick into Maggie’s Farm at Newport?
Plus who is the mad laugher on Rainy Day Women who cracks Dylan up?
Answers on a postcard to Desolation Row