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Bob Dylan – 6th & last recording session for Highway 61 Revisited – 4 August 1965

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“I never wanted to write topical songs,…. Have you heard my last two records, Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61? It’s all there. That’s the real Dylan.”
~Bob Dylan (to Frances Taylor – Aug 1965)

“If you had to sum up Highway 61 Revisited in a single sentence, suffice it to say that it is the album that invented attitude and raised it to an art form. Just take a look at the cover. Nobody from Johnny Rotten to Eminem has done it better to this day.
~Nigel Williamson (The Rough Guide To Bob Dylan)

Studio A
Columbia Recording Studios
New York City, New York
4 August 1965
The 6th & last Highway 61 Revisited session, produced by Bob Johnston

Overdub session with Bob Dylan (guitar) and Charlie McCoy (guitar, bass).

One final session was held on August 4, again at Studio A. Most of the session was devoted to completing “Desolation Row”. Johnston has related that Nashville musician Charlie McCoy was visiting New York, and he invited McCoy to play guitar at the session. According to some sources, seven takes of “Desolation Row” were recorded, and takes six and seven were spliced together for the master recording.McCoy holding a microphone onstage

Nashville sessions musician Charlie McCoy’s chance visit to New York resulted in the guitar flourishes accompanying “Desolation Row”, the last track on the album.

~Wikipedia

Songs:

  1. Desolation Row
  2. Desolation Row
  3. Desolation Row
  4. Desolation Row
  5. Desolation Row
  6. Desolation Row
    6 and 7 edited into one track and released 30 August 1965


  7. Desolation Row
  8. Tombstone Blues

Recorded 1-4 pm.

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Bob Dylan – Simple Twist of Fate – Madrid, Spain – 15 June 1989 (Video)

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They sat together in the park
As the evening sky grew dark
She looked at him and he felt a spark tingle to his bones
’Twas then he felt alone and wished that he’d gone straight
And watched out for a simple twist of fate

 

Palacio De Los Deportes
Madrid, Spain
15 June 1989

Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)

 

They walked along by the old canal
A little confused, I remember well
And stopped into a strange hotel with a neon burnin’ bright
He felt the heat of the night hit him like a freight train
Moving with a simple twist of fate

A saxophone someplace far off played
As she was walkin’ by the arcade
As the light bust through a beat-up shade where he was wakin’ up,
She dropped a coin into the cup of a blind man at the gate
And forgot about a simple twist of fate

He woke up, the room was bare
He didn’t see her anywhere
He told himself he didn’t care, pushed the window open wide
Felt an emptiness inside to which he just could not relate
Brought on by a simple twist of fate

He hears the ticking of the clocks
And walks along with a parrot that talks
Hunts her down by the waterfront docks where the sailors all come in
Maybe she’ll pick him out again, how long must he wait
Once more for a simple twist of fate

People tell me it’s a sin
To know and feel too much within
I still believe she was my twin, but I lost the ring
She was born in spring, but I was born too late
Blame it on a simple twist of fate

 

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Bob Dylan – Love Sick – St. Paul, Minnesota – 10 July 2013 (Video)

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I’m walking through streets that are dead
Walking, walking with you in my head
My feet are so tired, my brain is so wired
And the clouds are weeping

Did I hear someone tell a lie?
Did I hear someone’s distant cry?
I spoke like a child; you destroyed me with a smile
While I was sleeping


St. Paul, Minnesota
Midway Stadium
July 10, 2013

Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan – center stage with harp
  • Tony Garnier – bass
  • George Recile – drums
  • Stu Kimball – rhythm guitar
  • Charlie Sexton – lead guitar
  • Donnie Herron – electric mandolin

I’m sick of love but I’m in the thick of it
This kind of love I’m so sick of it

I see, I see lovers in the meadow
I see, I see silhouettes in the window
I watch them ’til they’re gone and they leave me hanging on
To a shadow

I’m sick of love; I hear the clock tick
This kind of love; I’m love sick

Sometimes the silence can be like the thunder
Sometimes I feel like I’m being plowed under
Could you ever be true? I think of you
And I wonder

I’m sick of love; I wish I’d never met you
I’m sick of love; I’m trying to forget you

Just don’t know what to do
I’d give anything to be with you

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Bob Dylan – 4th recording session for Desire – 30 July 1975

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The result is a sound and a set of songs unlike anything Dylan or anyone else has ever done before…. The lyrics of “Sara” and “Abandoned Love” (and, for that matter, of “Isis” and “Hurricane”) could not be more perfect, but overall the triumph of Desire is musical
~Paul Williams (BD performing artist 1974-86)

Recorded in the summer lull before the first Rolling Thunder tour and released soon after it, the stand-out tracks are ‘Isis’, ‘Romance in Durango’ and ‘Black Diamond Bay’, but ‘Hurricane’, ‘One More Cup of Coffee’ and ‘Oh Sister’ are breathing down their necks.
~Michael Gray (BD Encyclopedia)

 

Studio E
Columbia Recording Studios
New York City, New York
30 July 1975
4th Desire session, produced by Don DeVito

On the night of July 30, 1975, Dylan returned to Studio E with a smaller group of musicians, including Stoner, Rivera, Harris, and drummer Howie Wyeth (a friend of Stoner’s who was hired by Dylan on Stoner’s suggestion). For the most part, this group of musicians formed the core of the Rolling Thunder Revue. The difference became apparent early on in the session, when a usable take of “Isis” was recorded on the first try. Both Dylan and Stoner were pleased with the session, and Stoner suggests that the more intimate sound was much closer to the sound of the completed album.Five of the nine songs from Desire were recorded at that session, as well as a slow version of “Isis,” the original master take of “Hurricane”, the single-only release “Rita Mae,” and a successful take of “Golden Loom” that was later released in 1991. Of the participating musicians, only Emmylou Harris was dissatisfied with the results. It would also be her last session, as she had prior commitments with her own career.~Wikipedia

Songs:

  1. Golden Loom
  2. Golden Loom
    released 26 March 1991 – The Bootleg Series (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991, Volume 3


  3. Golden Loom
  4. Golden Loom
  5. Oh, Sister (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  6. Oh, Sister (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
    released 16 January 1976 – Desire


  7. Oh, Sister (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  8. Oh, Sister (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  9. Oh, Sister (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  10. Isis (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  11. Isis (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  12. Rita May (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  13. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
    released 16 January 1976 – Desire


  14. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
  15. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
  16. Black Diamond Bay (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  17. Black Diamond Bay (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  18. Black Diamond Bay (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  19. Black Diamond Bay (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
    released 16 January 1976 – Desire


  20. Black Diamond Bay (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  21. Mozambique (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  22. Mozambique (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  23. Mozambique (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  24. Mozambique (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
    released 16 January 1976 – Desire


  25. Hurricane (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  26. Rita May (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  27. Rita May (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
  28. Rita May (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
    released 30 November 1976 – Single
  29. Joey* (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)
    released 16 January 1976 – Desire


  30. Joey (Bob Dylan–Jacques Levy/Bob Dylan)

*overdubbed 11 August: Vincent Bell (guitar & mandolin), Dom Cortese (accordion)

Recorded 8 pm – 8 am

Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan (guitar, vocal)
  • Emmylou Harris (vocal)
  • Scarlet Rivera (violin)
  • Mel Collins (tenor saxophone)
  • Sheena Seidenberg (tambourine & congas)
  • Rob Stoner (bass)
  • Howie Wyeth (drums)

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Bob Dylan – Blind Willie McTell – Columbia, Maryland – 23 July 2013 (Video)

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Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Columbia, Maryland
Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 23, 2013

Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan – center stage with harp
  • Tony Garnier – standup bass
  • George Recile – drums
  • Stu Kimball – rhythm guitar
  • Colin Linden – lead guitar
  • Donnie Herron – banjo

Well, I heard that hoot owl singing
As they were taking down the tents
The stars above the barren trees
Were his only audience
Them charcoal gypsy maidens
Can strut their feathers well
But nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

See them big plantations burning
Hear the cracking of the whips
Smell that sweet magnolia blooming
See the ghosts of slavery ships
I can hear them tribes a-moaning
Hear that undertaker’s bell
Nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

There’s a woman by the river
With some fine young handsome man
He’s dressed up like a squire
Bootlegged whiskey in his hand
There’s a chain gang on the highway
I can hear them rebels yell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Well, God is in His heaven
And we all want what’s His
But power and greed and corruptible seed
Seem to be all that there is
I’m gazing out the window
Of the St. James Hotel
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

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