Feb 14: Bob Dylan- Third Recording Session for “Nashville Skyline” in 1969

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This new album is country Dylan, a collection of unaffected and highly tuneful love songs, riding comfortably cushioned on the Nashville sound, which sometimes, as in “To Be Alone With You” or “One More Night,” is pure Country and Western, but which for the most part is just a relaxed get-together of expert musicians who seem to know each other’s – and Dylan’s – moves as if they were playing at the Grand Ole Opry.
~Hubert Saal (March 1969)

The third recording session for ‘Nashville Skyline’ took place on February 14, 1969. This time around he managed to pull out 4 master versions: “Peggy Day”, “Tell Me That It Isn’t True”, “Country Pie” and “Lay Lady Lay”.

Some background from wikipedia:

Nashville Skyline is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in April 1969 by Columbia Records.

Building on the rustic style he experimented with on John Wesley HardingNashville Skyline displayed a complete immersion into country music. Along with the more basic lyrical themes, simple songwriting structures, and charming domestic feel, it introduced audiences to a radically new singing voice from Dylan—a soft, affected country croon.

The result received a generally positive reaction from critics, and was a commercial success. Reaching number 3 in the US, the album also scored Dylan his fourth UK number 1 album.

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 …Nashville Skyline was a full-fledged country album, complete with steel guitars and brief, direct songs. It’s a warm, friendly album, particularly since Bob Dylan is singing in a previously unheard gentle croon — the sound of his voice is so different it may be disarming upon first listen, but it suits the songs.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com)

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Columbia Studio A
Nashville, Tennessee
February 14, 1969 –  6-9 pm and 9-12 midnight.

Produced by  Bob Johnston.

Songs:

  1. Peggy Day
  2. Peggy Day
  3. Peggy Day
    Peggy Day – I kind of had the Mills Brothers in mind when I did that one.
    ~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner Nov 1969)
    Peggy Day by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark
  4. Tell Me That It Isn’t True
  5. Tell Me That It Isn’t True
  6. Tell Me That It Isn’t True
  7. Tell Me That It Isn’t True
  8. Tell Me That It Isn’t True
  9. Tell Me That It Isn’t True
  10. Tell Me That It Isn’t True
  11. Tell Me That It Isn’t True
    I have heard rumors all over town
    They say that you’re planning to put me down
    All I would like you to do
    Is tell me that it isn’t true
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  12. Country Pie
  13. Country Pie
    Man, did I eat. You name it. People try and read so much into songs. You know that song, Country Pie? That’s what it was about. Pie. In fact, for the first time in six years, I began to have a bit of a weight problem.
    ~Bob Dylan (to Phil A. Roddy March 1987)
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  14. Lay Lady Lay
  15. Lay Lady Lay
  16. Lay Lady Lay
  17. Lay Lady Lay
  18. Lay Lady Lay
    …There’s a movie out now, called Midnight Cowboy. You know the song on the album Lay Lady Lay? Well, I wrote that song for that movie. These producers, they wanted some music for their movie. This was last summer. And this fellow there asked me, you know, if I could do some music for their movie. So I came up with that song. By the time I came up with it, though, it was too late.
    ~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner Nov 1969)

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Personnel

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar & harmonica)
  • Bob Wilson (piano)
  • Charlie Daniels (guitar)
  • Charlie McCoy (bass)
  • Norman Blake (guitar)
  • Kelton D. Herston (probably guitar)
  • Peter Drake (steel guitar)
  • Kenneth Buttrey (drums).

9–12

  • Wayne Moss (guitar)

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