Thursday, January 23, 2014

Looks Like I Have To Buy Another Dylan CD Set

Many of my blog readers know I am a long, longtime listener to KUMD’s Highway 61 Revisited program hosted by John Bushey. Two features of Bushey’s Saturday evening program make it especially worthwhile. First, he has such a vast collection of live and rare recordings of live Dylan concerts and studio outtakes that never went public. And second, he frequently intersperses Dylan’s takes with variations performed or recorded by other artists.

One of the most frequent sources of such recordings is the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration that Neil Young called BobFest just before weighing in on his own interpretation of All Along The Watchtower. (For anyone to tackle Watchtower after Hendrix slammed it out of the park is a gutsy move that says much about Neil Young.) The event brought together an incredible collection of hall of fame caliber artist/superstars including including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Richie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O'Jays, Eddie Vedder, Sinead O'Connor, Tracy Chapman, George Harrison and more.

I mention all this because yesterday my inbox included an email from BobDylan.com noting that on March 4, a new deluxe 2-CD set capturing this special evening of music and affirmation is being released. If you prefer, you can purchase a more comprehensive Blu-Ray version that includes 40 minutes of previously unreleased material from that event including backstage rehearsals, the concert’s sound check, Sinead O’Connor singing "I Believe In You" and Eric Clapton's interpretation of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright."

Here's the full lineup...

Disc 1
1. Like a Rolling Stone - John Mellencamp
2. Leopard-skin Pill-box Hat - John Mellencamp
3. Introduction by Kris Kristofferson
4. Blowin' in the Wind - Stevie Wonder
5. Foot of Pride - Lou Reed
6. Masters of War - Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready
7. The Times They Are a-Changin' - Tracy Chapman
8. Introduction by Kris Kristofferson
9. It Ain't Me Babe - June Carter Cash & Johnny Cash
10. What Was It You Wanted - Willie Nelson
11. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - Kris Kristofferson
12. Highway 61 Revisited - Johnny Winter
13. Seven Days - Ron Wood
14. Just Like a Woman - Richie Havens
15. When the Ship Comes In - The Clancy Brothers and Robbie O'Connell with special guest Tommy Makem
16. Introduction by Johnny Cash
17. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash & Shawn Colvin
18. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Rehearsal - October 15, 1992) - Eric Clapton

Disc: 2
1. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Neil Young
2. All Along the Watchtower - Neil Young
3. I Shall Be Released - Chrissie Hynde
4. Don't Think Twice, It s All Right - Eric Clapton
5. Emotionally Yours - The O'Jays
6. When I Paint My Masterpiece - The Band
7. Absolutely Sweet Marie - George Harrison
8. License to Kill - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
9. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
10. Mr. Tambourine Man - Roger McGuinn
11. It's Alright, Ma (I m Only Bleeding) - Bob Dylan
12. My Back Pages - Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton & George Harrison
13. Knockin' on Heaven s Door - Everyone 14. Girl from the North Country - Bob Dylan
15. I Believe in You (Afternoon Rehearsal - October 16, 1992) - Sinead O Connor

February has 28 days this year, so... by my count we're 40 days away. "Time passes slowly..."

On the Home Front, don't forget tonight's opening for the Duluth Art Institute Membership Show at the Depot, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

Featured Ed Newman Book-of-the-Week: Unremembered Histories.

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