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Bob Dylan: 5 great songs recorded in 1971





This is not a “best from 1971” list, just 5 Great songs Bob Dylan recorded in 1971.

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George Jackson

Columbia Studio B
New York City, New York
4 November 1971
Produced by Bob Dylan

Released on single, 12 November 1971

I woke up this mornin’
There were tears in my bed
They killed a man I really loved
Shot him through the head
Lord, Lord
They cut George Jackson down
Lord, Lord
They laid him in the ground

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Bob Dylan: 5 great songs recorded in 1961





This is not a “best from 1961” list, just 5 Great songs Bob Dylan recorded in 1961.

House Carpenter

Studio A
Columbia Recording Studios
New York City, New York
20 & 22 November 1961

Produced by John Hammond.

First released on THE BOOTLEG SERIES (RARE & UNRELEASED) 1961–1991, 26 March 1991

Well met, well met, my own true love
Well met, well met, cried she
I’ve just returned from the salt, salt sea
And it’s all for the love of thee

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Bob Dylan’s best songs: Meet Me In The Morning





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They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn
They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn
But you wouldn’t know it by me
Every day’s been darkness since you been gone
~Bob Dylan (Meet Me In The Morning)

Certainly “Meet Me In The Morning”…. +
~Buddy Cage (when asked by Robbie Bossert in an interview about his best performance)

..the flawless blues of “Meet Me In The Morning”…
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

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Bob Dylan: The Gospel Years, Part 8: Our Favorite Songs Recorded in 1979





Dylan didn´t record many songs in 1979, this first “gospel year”, and 9 out of 12 were released on his album “Slow Train Coming”.

As always we love lists, and need to close the 1979 part of “The Gospel Years” with our lists of “The Best Songs Recorded in 1979”.

Songs Recorded in 1979:

  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama – 30 April 1979
    -> Trouble In Mind

    Released as b-side on the “Gotta Serve Somebody” single in September 1979 and on CD Pure Dylan – An Intimate Look At Bob Dylan, 21 October 2011.
  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama – 1 May 1979
    -> Precious Angel

    Released on Slow Train Coming, 20 August 1979.

    -> Ain’t No Man Righteous, No Not One
    Considered for release and overdubbed 3 May 1979.
  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama – 2 May 1979
    -> When You Gonna Wake Up
    -> Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking
    Released on Slow Train Coming, 20 August 1979.
    -> Ye Shall Be Changed
    Released on The Bootleg Series (Rare and Unreleased) 1961-1991, Volume 3, 26 March 1991.
  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama – 3 May 1979
    -> I Believe In You
    -> Slow Train
    Released on Slow Train Coming, 20 August 1979.
  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama – 4 May 1979
    -> Gotta Serve Somebody
    -> Do Right To Me Baby (Do Unto Others)
    -> When He Returns
    -> Man Gave Names To All The Animals
    Released on Slow Train Coming, 20 August 1979.

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Bob Dylan: 5 fine live versions of “Seeing The Real You At Last”

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Well, I thought that the rain would cool things down
But it looks like it don’t
I’d like to get you to change your mind
But it looks like you won’t
~Bob Dylan from “Seeing The Real You at Last”

Edward G. Robinson, in his 1948 film (costarring Humphrey Bogart) Key Largo, mutters, “Think this rain would cool things off, but it don’t”; Dylan transmutes this into the opening lines of “Seeing the Real You at Last,” a song which gives some indication of being almost entirely composed of film dialogue, a veritable tour de force of imaginative borrowing. Our detectives have identified another line from Key Largo, two sets of lines from The Maltese Falcon (Bogart: “I don’t mind a reasonable amount of trouble” and, to Mary Astor, ”I’ll have some rotten nights after I’ve sent you over, but that’ll pass”), two bits of Bogart/Lauren Bacall dialog (one from To Have and Have Not, the other the closing lines of The Big Sleep), plus lines from The Hustler and from a Clint Eastwood film called Bronco Billy … all in “Seeing the Real You at Last.”
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)

What I got out of Buddy [Holly] was that you can take influences from anywhere. Like his ‘That’ll be the Day’. I read somewhere that it was a line he heard in a movie, and I started realizing you can take things from everyday life that you hear people say. I still find that true. You can go anywhere in daily life and have your ears open and hear something … If it has resonance, you can use it in a song.
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Hilburn, 2004)

This is not a particular good Dylan song (not even close to top 200), but he’s given some interesting live versions over a period from 1986 – 2004.

First performance: Athletic Park, Wellington, New Zealand – 5 February 1986

Last performance: Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – 16 November 2004.

It has been performed 247 times live.

Here are five of them:

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