Bob Dylan - eBay sample, editing together some great versions from Nashville Skyline taken from a studio tape of the full sessions with a commentary from Bob Harrison. Despite the annoying sales-pitch this is still interesting for its insights into the studio recording process.
For a very limited time you can get a few more tracks from this set here at the BigO http://bigozine2.com/roio/?p=1066, and of course these were the sessions when Dylan hooked up with both Johnny Cash and George Harrison in the studio - more of that is around on the web.
The White House just announced that it will be giving Bob Dylan a Presidential Medal of Freedom:
"One of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century, Dylan released his first album in 1962. Known for his rich and poetic lyrics, his work had considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and has had significant impact on American culture over the past five decades. He has won 11 Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award. He was named a Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Art et des Lettres and has received a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. Dylan was awarded the 2009 National Medal of Arts. He has written more than 600 songs, and his songs have been recorded more than 3,000 times by other artists. He continues recording and touring around the world today."
Bob Dylan - Went to see the Gypsy (alternative unreleased 1970)
This is a beautiful and quite different version of the song that eventually made it onto the New Morning album. It sounds like it may have been recorded with the sessionistas used on Self Portait.
Good morning to you :)
I went to see the gypsy Stayin’ in a big hotel He smiled when he saw me coming And he said, “Well, well, well” His room was dark and crowded Lights were low and dim “How are you?” he said to me I said it back to him
Outside the lights were shining On the river of tears I watched them from the distance With music in my ears…
(from the Basement Tapes, recorded at Big Pink 1967)
…Now grease that pig
And sing praise Go on out And gas that dog Trick on in Honk that stink Take it on down And watch it grow Play it low And pick it up Take it on in In a plucking cup Three-legged man And a hot-lipped hoe Tell ’em all Montgomery says hello
Well you can tell ev’rybody Down in ol’ Frisco Tell ’em all Montgomery says hello
This week is Bob Dylan week. No idea why, but it is always a good idea.
- Going, going, gone (with the Band, from Planet Waves 1974)
Ellen Willis of The New Yorker wrote, “Planet Waves is unlike all other Dylan albums: it is openly personal…I think the subject of Planet Waves is what it appears to be—Dylan’s aesthetic and practical dilemma, and his immense emotional debt to Sara.”
(Bob Dylan with Rick Danko and Levon Helm RIP, 1974)
from a rare session with George Harrison in New York 1970, previously available on the Genuine Bootleg boxed set and available for a little while as part of a Nashville/NYC 1969-70 package of rehearsal tapes (via the BigO)
1) Cut the inessential bullshit from your life. The big question I always come back to: Would our heroes respect us if they saw what we did all day? I always ask myself, “Would Hemingway ask people to ‘like’ his Facebook arts page?” “Would John Steinbeck waste time discussing so and so useless…
Probably the coolest young band who made the coolest debut album. They were incredibly lucky to find Sandy Denny of course, but I always thought Judy Dyble would have run her close had she stayed around.