Today: Bob Dylan recorded master version of “Positively 4th Street” in 1965 – 47 years ago

On July 29, 1965 Dylan undertook his 3rd Highway 61 Revisited session, produced by Bob Johnston.

Location: Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios – NYC

The day left us with master versions of Positively 4th Street, Tombstone Blues It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry.

Positively 4th Street ranks as no. 14 on my list of Dylans 200 best songs (Tombstone is 72 & It Takes a lot is 76).


Bob Dylan (guitar, piano, harmonica, vocal).
Mike Bloomfield (guitar), Frank Owens (piano), Bobby Gregg (drums), Russ Savakus (bass), Al Kooper (organ).

From Wikipedia:

Positively 4th Street” is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan, first recorded by Dylan in New York City on July 29, 1965. It was released as a single by Columbia Records on September 7, 1965, …..   …  Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song as #203 in their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

The song was released between the albums Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde, as the follow-up to Dylan’s hit single “Like a Rolling Stone“, but wasn’t included on either LP. The song’s title does not appear anywhere in the lyrics and there has been much debate over the years as to the significance or what individual the song concerns. Dylan once lived on 4th Street in Manhattan.

In studio summer 1965 – photo by Don Hunstein:

Bob Dylan also recorded “Catfish” on this day in 1975.

Location: Studio E – Columbia Recording Studios, NYC


Catfish is a song written Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy. It was originally recorded for Dylan’s 1976 album Desire but was released onThe Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991. “Catfish” was a tribute to future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Hunter (better known as Catfish Hunter). Joe Cocker covered the song and included it on his 1976 album “Stingray,” and Kinky Friedman released a live version on his “Lasso from El Paso” album.


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Video of the day: Feist – Graveyard

From Wikipedia:

Leslie Feist (born 13 February 1976), known professionally as Feist, is a Canadian singer-songwriter, performing both as a solo artist and as a member of the indie rock group Broken Social Scene.

Graveyard was number 14 on my “top 25 songs of 2011” list:

Best 25 songs of 2011 according to Egil

Here is a lovely live version:

We @ JV are really looking forward to seeing Feist @ Øyafestivalen in Oslo shortly.


Today: Bobbie Gentry is 68

From Wikipedia:

Roberta Lee Streeter (born July 27, 1944), professionally known as Bobbie Gentry, is an American former singer-songwriter notable as one of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material. Her songs typically drew on her Mississippi roots to compose vignettes of the Southern United States.

Gentry shot to international fame with her intriguing Southern Gothic narrative “Ode to Billie Joe” in 1967. The track was fourth in the Billboard year-end chart of 1967 and earned her Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1968. Gentry charted eleven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and four singles on the United Kingdom Top 40.  Her album Fancy brought her a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. After her first albums, she had a successful run of variety shows on the Las Vegas Strip. She lost interest in performing in the late 1970s and has since lived privately in Los Angeles.

From Allmusic (Jason Alkeny):

Bobbie Gentry remains one of the most interesting and underappreciated artists to emerge out of Nashville during the late ’60s. Best-known for her crossover smash “Ode to Billie Joe,” she was one of the first female country artists to write and produce much of her own material, forging an idiosyncratic, pop-inspired sound that, in tandem with her glamorous, bombshell image, anticipated the rise of latter-day superstars like Shania Twain and Faith Hill.

Ode to Billy Joe:

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Bruce Springsteen concert Bergen – Day2

Here are my votes from the second Bergen concert:

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Hallgeir will update the post later with his comments & pictures.

Me @ the concert taking notes…. while securing my beer 🙂


Here is a report from the other half of JV (Hallgeir).

Top 10 songs Bergen day 2:

1. Racing in the Street
2. Youngstown
3. Badlands
4. Born to run
5. Murder Incorporated
6. Rosalita
7. Long Walk Home
8. Johnny 99
9. Out in the streets
10. My City of Ruins

and while I’m at it, here are my top ten from Oslo:

1. The Promise
2. The Promised Land
3. My City of Ruins
4. Streets of Fire
5. The River
6. Johnny 99
7. The Rising
8. Born to Run
9. Born in the USA
10. Two Hearts

The Oslo and Bergen shows were great and very unique and different experiences, and it’s hard to pick a favorite. The first night in Bergen may have been the most loose and fun show, Bergen the second night may have been the best musically and with the most exciting selections of songs, and Oslo may have been the best over all concert with a little bit of everything. I think the audience was better in Bergen, both those concerts was more geared towards a rock’n roll party than the soul revue in Oslo (at least that was what I felt).

The Oslo show didn’t feel longer than Bergen night two even if it was extremely long.

If I was forced to pick a favourite it would be Bergen the second night, but with Oslo and Bergen the first night very close. Thea (my twelve year old daughter) saw her first Springsteen concert in Oslo and that was a great experience, just watching my daughter experiencing Bruce for the first time and remembering the feeling from my first show, great feeling!

– Hallgeir (all photos by me, except for the beerdrinking Egil)

Sorry no pics from Oslo…


Bruce Springsteen summer 2012 concerts – Playlist

Based on setlists from all “Wrecking Ball Tour” shows, and considering the latest trends, I’ve put up a list of songs and their estimated probability to get played in the coming concerts. I’ve also created a spotify playlist.

This is off course estimates and Bruce alters his setlist for every concert. But some songs have been played in every concert this tour thus far, and many have gotten relative many plays. My aim is to hit over 80% on the 2 coming show in Bergen, Norway (July 23/24).

  • I will limit my playlist to 35 songs, and the list might change on every update.
  • playlist expanded to include 46 songs – on july 20
  • playlist expanded to include 47 songs – on july 22
  • I will update after each show

Check JV’s posts about the concerts in Bergen:

Bergen Concert 1 – July 23

Bergen Concert 2 – July 24

Update12 – July 26

Numbers not updated… only setlist score. Bergen concerts were my goal. No updates will follow. We have to focus on the upcoming “øyafestivalen” in Oslo in 1,5 weeks 🙂 Both JV’s will attend all 4 days.

  • July 23 / Bergenhus Festning-Koengen / Bergen, NORWAY
  • 29 Songs
  • Setlist/playlist score – 21/29 – ~72%
  • July 24 / Bergenhus Festning-Koengen / Bergen, NORWAY
  • 31 Songs
  • Setlist/playlist score – 20/31 – ~65%



in parenthesis – the number of plays from july 4 Paris & onward…

~100% certain:
  • Wrecking Ball     (10/10)
  • Death to My Hometown     (10/10)
  • My City of Ruins     (10/10)
  • Waitin’ on a Sunny Day     (10/10)
  • Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out     (9/10)
~90% certain:
  • Badlands     (9/10)
  • We Take Care of Our Own     (9/10)
  • Jack of All Trades     (8/10)
  • Born To Run     (10/10)
  • Dancing In The Dark     (10/10)
  • The Rising     (9/10)
  • We Are Alive     (8/10)
  • Spirit In The Night  (10/10)
  • The River  (8/10)
  • Land of Hope and Dreams     (10/10)
  • Born In The U.S.A.   (9/10)
  • Working on the Highway    (8/10)
~50-80% certain:
  • Glory Days     (6/10)
  • Out In The Street     (5/10)
  • Because the Night     (7/10)
  • Shackled and Drawn     (6/10)
  • Seven Nights To Rock      (6/10)
  • Twist & Shout     (7/10) 
Fair Chance:
  • Thunder Road     (3/10)
  • The Promised Land     (4/10)
  • Two Hearts     (4/10)
  • No Surrender       (4/10)
  • Easy Money    (4/10)
  • Darlington County      (4/10)
  • Raise Your Hand     (4/10)
  • The Ties That Bind    (3/10)
  • Johnny 99  (4/10)
  • She’s the One     (3/10)
  • The Ghost of Tom Joad     (2/10)
  • Hungry Heart      (3/10)
  • American Land   (3/10)
  • This Hard Land  (2/10)
  • Empty Sky  (2/10)
  • Apollo Medley     (2/10)
  • The E Street Shuffle    (2/10)
  • Prove It All Night    (3/10)
  • Darkness On The Edge of Town     (2/10)
  • Youngstown     (1/10)
  • Atlantic City      (2/10)
  • Trapped     (2/10)
  • Rocky Ground    (2/10)
  • Bobby Jean ( 2/10)
  • Something in the Night (2/10)
… and there will always be surprises and the odd “tour premier”.

Check out the facts: Wrecking Ball Tour stats

Spotify playlist:

Here is a gem… The full Milano (june 7) concert from youtube:


For setlists & comments – European leg part2:

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