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Bob Dylan’s best songs: Angelina





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Drammen, Norway – 1981

Well, it’s always been my nature to take chances
My right hand drawing back while my left hand advances
Where the current is strong and the monkey dances
To the tune of a concertina
~from “Angelina”

…. there were some real songs on this album that we recorded, a couple of really long songs, like there was one I did – do you remember Visions Of Johanna?…. Well, there was one like that. I’d never done anything like it before. It’s got that same kind of thing to it. It seems to be very sensitive and gentle on one level, then on another level the lyrics aren’t sensitive and gentle at all. We left that off the album.
~Bob Dylan (to Neil Spencer – July 1981)

How to comment on this extraordinary piece of writing? Recorded at the ‘Shot of Love’ sessions of April-May 1980, Angelina is unlike anything else Bob Dylan has ever written – part Cocteau film, part Braque painting, totally surreal, it defies logic and heads off for the deepest, darkest parts of poetic mystery. Though Dylan has never commented about the song in public, chances are that he’d confess that it was as much mystery to him as to anyone else.
~John Bauldie (TBS1-3 booklet)

@ number 80 on my list of Dylan’s 200 best songs.

Angelina is credited as being recorded on May 4, 1981 on “The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3”. According to “Krogsgaard” & “Olof’s – Still on the Road“, this is not true, as it were mixed on that day, but recorded March 26:

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July 17: Watch Bob Dylan @ Freileichtbühne, Loreley, West Germany 1981

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Photo – Jürgen Rosch

Freileichtbühne
Loreley, West Germany
17 July 1981

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July 10: Bob Dylan Plays Drammen, Norway 1981 (audio) – Great Concert





Bob Dylan 1981 Drammen

My Favorite Summer 1981 concert is Drammen..
~Paul Williams (BD Performing Artist 1974-86)

Drammenshallen
Drammen, Norway
10 July 1981

Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Fred Tackett (guitar)
  • Steve Ripley (guitar)
  • Willie Smith (keyboards)
  • Tim Drummond (bass)
  • Jim Keltner (drums)
  • Clydie King, Carolyn Dennis, Regina Havis, Madelyn Quebec (background vocals)

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Bob Dylan @ Earls Court, London – June 30, 1981 (video)

Earls Court 1981

Earls Court
London, England
30 June 1981

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Fred Tackett (guitar)
  • Steve Ripley (guitar)
  • Willie Smith (keyboards)
  • Tim Drummond (bass)
  • Jim Keltner (drums)
  • Clydie King, Carolyn Dennis, Regina McCrary, Madelyn Quebec (background vocals)

Setlist

  1. Gotta Serve Somebody
  2. I Believe In You
  3. Like A Rolling Stone
  4. Man Gave Names To All The Animals
  5. Maggie’s Farm
  6. Simple Twist Of Fate
  7. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  8. Girl From The North Country
  9. Dead Man, Dead Man
  10. Forever Young
  11. Slow Train
  12. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  13. In The Summertime
  14. Mr. Tambourine Man
  15. Solid Rock
  16. Just Like A Woman
  17. Watered-Down Love
  18. What Can I Do For You?
  19. All Along The Watchtower
  20. Lenny Bruce
  21. When You Gonna Wake Up
  22. In The Garden
  23. Blowin’ In The Wind
  24. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
  25. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door


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-Egil

Bob Dylan: 5 great songs recorded in 1981





This is not a “best from 1981” list, just 5 Great songs Bob Dylan recorded in 1981.

Angelina

How to comment on this extraordinary piece of writing? Recorded at the ‘Shot of Love’ sessions of April-May 1980, Angelina is unlike anything else Bob Dylan has ever written – part Cocteau film, part Braque painting, totally surreal, it defies logic and heads off for the deepest, darkest parts of poetic mystery. Though Dylan has never commented about the song in public, chances are that he’d confess that it was as much mystery to him as to anyone else.
~John Bauldie (TBS1-3 booklet)

Rundown Studios
Santa Monica, California
26 March 1981
1st Shot Of Love recording session. Produced by Jimmy Iovine.

Released on THE BOOTLEG SERIES (RARE & UNRELEASED) 1961-1991, 26 March 1991.

Well, it’s always been my nature
To take chances
My right hand drawing back
While my left hand advances

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