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Now that the Cutting Edge is out the way is finally clear for Bootleg Series Volume 13: Blood on the Tracks right?? I want to hear 10 different versions of Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts.

 

i heard from a good source that the blood on the tracks outtakes were in the pipeline, but this one came out first

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I'm hoping everyone gets to hear the 18 disc set at some point. With technology where it is, I'm sure this can easily happen. I have skipped around these songs and almost every take has something different to offer. It's amazing to see how far 'Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again' progressed. As well as 'Just Like A Woman.' The lyrics for a lot of these songs were not written completely at the time, or had alternate lyrics. The thing that appeals to me most is that Dylan never stuck with a single arrangement for any given song. He seemed to be pretty open to other player's contributions which gives these outtakes a lot of diversity. 

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I see Al Kooper got his story in the booklet. I take it the essays in the 2 disc version are edited down from what is in the other versions. I am not as much into Blonde on Blonde as I was when I was a teenager - but I will give the 2 disc version a play at some point.

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I'm hoping everyone gets to hear the 18 disc set at some point. With technology where it is, I'm sure this can easily happen.

A friend of mine hooked me up with a surprise version of the 18 disc set. I haven't listened to much yet, but when I was looking online at the track listing I was surprised at how much repetition there was.....until Disc 18 where it's all and different and the songs are not on any of the other discs. This disc doesn't even look like it belongs with the rest of the set! I'm kind of surprised they didn't release those tunes on a more affordable version. They're on the 6 disc version, only the 18. They're pretty much begging you to go out and bootleg the bootleg!

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Someone recently dug this quote up on the EDLIS Cafe on Facebook. Funny.

 

 

Is it true that "Like a Rolling Stone" was done in one take?
Yeah, one take. It's amazing. It sounds like it's so together. That was back in the days when we used to do . . . oh, man, six, eight, ten tunes a session. We used to just go in and come out the next day.

 

(1984 Rolling Stone interview)

 

 

20. Like A Rolling Stone – Takes 1-3 (6/15/1965) Rehearsal.
21. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 4 (6/15/1965) Rehearsal. Partially released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3, 1991.
22. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 5 (6/15/1965) Breakdown.

Disc 4
1. Like A Rolling Stone – Rehearsal remake (6/16/1965) Rehearsal.
2. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 1 remake (6/16/1965) Rehearsal.
3. Like A Rolling Stone – Takes 2-3 remake (6/16/1965) False starts.
4. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 4 remake (6/16/1965) Released on Highway 61 Revisited, 1965.
5. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 5 remake (6/16/1965) Rehearsal.
6. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 6 remake (6/16/1965) False start.
7. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 8 remake (6/16/1965) Breakdown.
8. Like A Rolling Stone – Takes 9-10 remake (6/16/1965) False starts.
9. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 11 remake (6/16/1965) Complete.
10. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 12 remake (6/16/1965) False start.
11. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 13 remake (6/16/1965) Breakdown.
12. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 14 remake (6/16/1965) False start.
13. Like A Rolling Stone – Take 15 remake (6/16/1965) Breakdown.
14. Like A Rolling Stone – (6/16/1965) Master take, guitar.
15. Like A Rolling Stone – (6/16/1965) Master take, vocals, guitar (BD).
16. Like A Rolling Stone – (6/16/1965) Master take, piano, bass.
17. Like A Rolling Stone – (6/16/1965) Master take, drums, organ.

 

http://www.bobdylan.com/us/thecuttingedge_completetracklisting

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Posted this in the Grateful Dead thread too, but also obviously relevant here:

 

A pretty stunning analysis of, among many things, the influence of the New Lost City Ramblers on Dylan and the Grateful Dead, and the hidden messages in the songs of Dylan and Hunter:

 

http://swarmuth.blogspot.com/2015/12/bob-dylans-secret-answer-record-uncle.html

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it's actually my fave dylan tune!

oh and it looks like a new DVD coming out soon. - MusiCares person of the year 2015

www.uncut.co.uk/news/new-bob-dylan-dvd-release-confirmed-67475

 

 Street Legal really benefitted from the Remix. Greil Marcus and Robert Christgau savaged the record back in the day. This record, like most of Dylan's catalogue, if plagued by his ADD and mercurial approach to his muse.

The subtle religious overtones indicate what was to come over the next several years.

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Dave Rawlings Machine has been covering Changing Of The Guard, it sounded great a few weeks ago at a show here in Scottsdale, AZ.

 

But the track on Streel Legal that I think is unmitigated brilliance is Where Are You Tonight.  I love the stream of consciousness lyrics but moreso how it builds and builds in intensity of performance and delivery and the band really gets cooking, more surprising to me that its a studio performance.  Senor is not too bad and I have a soft spot for Is Your Love In Vain, one of those straight forward love songs that Dylan puts out every once in a while, like Make You Feel My Love.

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I was flipping through some records yesterday hoping to find some to weed out. I came across the self-titled Dylan cover song record. I had forgotten all about that turd.  I guess I bought that during a time when I wanted to own every one of his records. I once intended to listen to all of his records chronologically, one per day.   The existence of this record demonstrates what a poorly considered plan that was.

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I was flipping through some records yesterday hoping to find some to weed out. I came across the self-titled Dylan cover song record. I had forgotten all about that turd.  I guess I bought that during a time when I wanted to own every one of his records. I once intended to listen to all of his records chronologically, one per day.   The existence of this record demonstrates what a poorly considered plan that was.

Waste of a great title and cover imho.

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I have always like Street Legal in general (not every tune) and while the CD reissue sounds better than the LP I played the LP so much back in the day I don't care.

 

LouieB

Street Legal may not be as good as the 2 studio LPs that preceded it, but really, what is? :P  But it's a pretty damn good record, I still break it out from time to time.

 

I randomly pulled a tape of Dylan at Budokan to listen to at work tonight. About the same time period as SL. I haven't heard it in YEARS. First thought - "Bob Dylan - The Musical". Almost like what Sgt.Pepper The Movie is to the actual album. The vibe (to me) is Bob with the SNL house band from the same period.sounding very much like the times. Like maybe Billy Joel. I mean, the musicianship is really ok, but DAMN it just seems like bland, Broadway versions of most of the tunes, save a few.  

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